(May 1, 2001 – New York, NY) - TNN has acquired 66 theatrical movies and movies-of-the-week from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution, it was announced today by Diane Robina, General Manager of TNN and Eric Frankel, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution. The package of popular films of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s includes “THE BIG RED ONE” starring Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill and Robert Carradine in a vivid account of a World War II special infantry; “BODY HEAT,” featuring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner in a murder story of a lawyer who falls in love with a femme fatale; “MEAN STREETS,” starring Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, and David Carradine; The Coen Brother’s “THE HUDSUCKER PROXY,” the story of big business and the American dream starring Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh; “OH GOD!” with George Burns as God and John Denver as his messenger; “ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA,” with Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and James Woods in a struggle to achieve power in gangland; “THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE” with Jessica Lange, Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Houston; Rob Reiner’s “SURE THING” a love story with John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga; “TOWERING INFERNO” with Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and William Holden in the rescue story of those trapped in a burning skyscraper as well as “YOUNG GUNS” with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen. “This acquisition allows TNN to add to its library of popular films, featuring popular stars and mirroring pop culture,” said Diane Robina, General Manager, TNN. “TNN viewers love movies. From the calls we get from our viewers on our 24-hour POP line, we know this package includes our viewers’ favorite stars in some of their favorite films.” TNN currently offers primetime movies (9:00 PM, ET/PT) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and daytime movies (4:00 PM, ET/PT) on Mondays-thru-Fridays. "This is an outstanding collection that includes three decades worth of feature hits from all genres," said Frankel. "It will help support TNN's effort to brand itself as the number one source for POP culture programming and attract viewers from all demographics." Coast to coast, TNN is connecting Adults 18-49 to the tops in pop culture such as the World Wrestling Federation’s “RAW IS WAR,” cable's top-rated series. And it's connecting viewers to network decision-makers 24 hours a day through its toll-free number, 1-888-POP-1090. Under the banner of "We've Got Pop," TNN invites its viewers to call and talk about what's pop on television, on movie screens and in their hometowns. Viewers’ voices and faces show up on the network, talking about whatever's on their minds. Since TNN started 1-888-POP-1090, more than 12,000 calls weekly have come in from all over the country. TNN's program schedule will include 50% original programming by the year 2005. MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, NICKELODEON/NICK at NITE, TV LAND, TNN: THE NATIONAL NETWORK, CMT and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of nine digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide. In addition, MTV Networks operates the MTVi Group and Nickelodeon Online, a portfolio of leading Internet properties built to address every interest of today's music fan and Internet-savvy kid. Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution is one of the leading suppliers of programming to the cable and satellite marketplaces. It is responsible for sales, marketing and distribution of Warner Bros. already-produced feature films, television series, miniseries, television movies and specials to the pay television and basic cable markets, as well as feature films to the broadcast networks. The division currently supplies programming to a dozen broadcast networks, 30 pay television and nearly 100 basic cable networks.
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