Turner Pays Big for Van Helsing, Riddick, Others

Daily Variety reports that Turner Broadcasting cable outlets TNT and TBS will shell out as much as $40 million to acquire broadcast rights to six Universal pics, including the effects-filled actioners Van Helsing and The Chronicles of Riddick.

Also included in the package are the hit espionage thriller, The Bourne Supremacy, and the box office duds Wimbledon, Connie & Carla and The Door in the Floor. Most will be available for broadcast in early to mid-2007, except for Connie & Carla, which should bow in Dec. 2006. According to Variety, agreeing to take the weaker performers helped TNT/TBS edge out Universal’s own cable net, USA, for rights to the hotter properties.

After Van Helsing debuts on TNT and TBS, Universal can exercise its right to sell it to another cable outlet within a three-year window to that closes December 2011. TNT and TBS will then get the CG-laden pic back for for 2012.