DreamWorks renews movie output deal with Showtime

Premium channel Showtime will keep its pipeline of DreamWorks Studios' films flowing for five more years.

Showtime Networks, a division of CBS Corp., and Walt Disney Studios, which handles theatrical distribution for Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider's DreamWorks Studios, have agreed to lengthen a movie output deal that had been tailored to run through 2015.

The extension, announced Thursday, means that Showtime and its sister outlets, the Movie Channel and Flix, will receive first-run films produced by DreamWorks Studios, which will be released in theaters by Disney through 2018.

DreamWorks' movies, including "The Help" and "War Horse," have aired on Showtime as part of the existing agreement. Spielberg's critically acclaimed "Lincoln" will debut on Showtime this year.

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-- Meg James, Los Angeles Times

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