NBC and BRAVO Nab Television Rights to "Chicago," Set to Air November 2005

News   NBC and BRAVO Nab Television Rights to "Chicago," Set to Air November 2005
NBC and its sister cable network BRAVO has acquired the exclusive rights to air the Rob Marshall-helmed film "Chicago." The Academy Award-winning movie musical will air on the network in November of 2005 and on cable in the same year.

"We don’t buy many theatrical movies any more. But this one we had to have. It’s a perfect fit for both NBC and Bravo,” stated NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker in a release. Rick Sands, Chief Operating Officer for Miramax Films concurred adding “Miramax is proud to have its marquee film featured on NBC as well as such an arts and culture network as Bravo. It’s ideal since the respective audiences for Miramax, NBC and Bravo make such a good fit.”

No numbers were announced for the deal. However, NBC and Bravo will both share a three-year window for the film.

Winning the top prize of Best Picture, "Chicago" also took home Oscars for Catherine Zeta-Jones as Best Supporting Actress, costume design, art direction, sound and film editing.

The cast of "Chicago" is headed up by Renée Zellweger (Roxie Hart), Catherine Zeta Jones (Velma Kelly) and Richard Gere (Billy Flynn) and also includes John C. Reilly (Amos Hart), Queen Latifah (Mama Morton), Christine Baranski (Mary Sunshine), Taye Diggs, Dominic West, Colm Feore, Lucy Liu, Mya, Deidre Goodwin, Sebastian La Cause, Marc Calamia, Mary Ann Lamb and a cameo from original Chicago star Chita Rivera.

Marshall, the choreographer of Broadway's Kiss of the Spider Woman and the revivals of Damn Yankees, She Loves Me, Cabaret and Little Me, directed the $45 million film, his motion-picture debut. Bill Condon wrote the "Chicago" screenplay for Miramax Studios, and the film's cinematographer was Dion Beebe. The Tony-winning lighting team of Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer lit the film.

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