Bounce TV signs licensing deals with Paramount, Warner Bros.


Bounce TV, the over-the-air broadcast television network for African-American audiences, has acquired the television rights to more African American-skewing motion pictures in two individual, multi-year licensing agreements with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Among the titles Bounce TV lands in their agreement with Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution: The Academy Award winning Bird, directed by Clint Eastwood; the original Shaft (1971); Richard Pryor starring in Greased Lightning and The Mack with Max Julien; Bill Cosby & Sidney Poitier in Let’s Do It Again and 1997’s Rosewood.

Bounce TV’s agreement with Paramount includes such titles as Critical Condition starring Pryor; Diana Ross in Mahogany as well as her classic 1972 performance as Jazz great Billie Holiday in Lady Sings The  Blues; two Eddie Murphy comedies Best Defense and  Vampire In Brooklyn, and Denzel Washington starring in the 1990 comedy Heart Condition.

Some of the newly-licensed titles will be seen within the network’s new “Brown Sugar Saturday Night” weekly primetime franchise. “Brown Sugar Saturday Night” showcases urban cinema with a ’70s bent, featuring some of the most popular African American movies of all time.

New York, LA (FOX Television Station Group) and Washington, D.C. (Gannett Broadcasting) recently became as the newest Bounce TV affiliates.  Bounce TV is available in Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Houston, Cleveland/Akron, Milwaukee, Charlotte, and Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Hartford/New Haven, Augusta, GA /Aiken SC and other markets.  The network also has distribution agreements with Raycom Media, LIN TV Corp., Nexstar Communications, Belo and Meredith Broadcasting.