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LONDON -- 20th Century Fox Television Distribution announced its biggest-ever U.K. movie output deal Thursday, signing a long-term agreement for free and digital rights with Channel 4 in the U.K. Staving off competition from ITV, Five and the BBC, Channel 4 has secured rights to the Fox movie slate through 2008 in addition to such titles as The Day After Tomorrow, I, Robot, Dodgeball, Alien vs. Predator and Sideways. The £100 million-plus deal earned criticism from British producers trade body PACT, which said publicly owned Channel 4 should invest its cash in British content. The deal was concluded by Steve Cornish, senior vp and European managing director at 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, Europe, and Channel 4 director of acquisitions Jeff Ford.

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