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Published: May 9, 2007 at 4:19 PM
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FX ensnares 'Spider-Man 3' '09 TV runs
HOLLYWOOD, May 9 (UPI) -- FX Network has woven a deal for the first batch "Spider-Man 3" small-screen runs in the United States in 2009.

FX nudged the TNT-TBS, USA and Spike cable networks for exclusive rights to the heroic web-spinner, Variety reported Wednesday. The final licensing fee depends on how much "Spider-Man 3" rakes in in U.S. theaters; if the domestic gross shoots up to $400 million or more, FX could pay up to $33 million.

FX's five-year deal allows Sony to create three separate windows within the FX license term to sell the picture to one or more broadcast networks, which could add another $7 million to $10 million for "Spider-Man 3."

The deal reinforces FX's programming strategy of filling its schedule with original programming and mostly action-oriented movies, the publication said. Films such as "Spider-Man 3" that draw lots of viewers, particularly in the coveted 18-to-49 demographic, act as a promotional vehicle for the network's original primetime series such as "The Riches," "Dirt" and "Nip/Tuck."

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