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BRIEF: Legendary Entertainment strikes five-year deal with NBCUniversal

July 10, 2013

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July 10--Legendary Entertainment has struck a financing, distribution and marketing deal with NBCUniversal, parent of Universal Studios, the companies said Wednesday.

Universal will market, co-finance and distribute Legendary films for five years beginning in 2014.

"Comcast and NBCUniversal's global assets in film, television and theme parks offer Legendary unmatched breadth and opportunity to grow our business," said Legendary Chief Executive Thomas Tull in a statement. "We are delighted to be in business with this exceptional team and look forward to a successful partnership."

Legendary, producer of the forthcoming sci-fi action movie "Pacific Rim" and the company behind "The Hangover" and "The Dark Knight" franchise, has had a distribution and co-production deal with Warner Bros. since 2005. That agreement expires at the end of this year.

Universal Pictures has had a strong year with the release of hits such as "Fast & Furious 6" and "Despicable Me 2."

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