“Star Wars” Marathon Set After Franchise Rights Land at TNT and TBS

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Turner Broadcasting has acquired the rights to the franchise as part of a multi-year licensing agreement with Disney and 20th Century Fox. Turner networks TNT and TBS will have exclusive basic cable rights and ad-supported on-demand rights to 11 films in the iconic franchise, from 1977’s A New Hope to this year’s upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as well as three subsequent Star Wars films that have been slated for production over the next several years.

Turner has two separate licensing agreements, one with Fox which grants them rights to Star Wars: A New Hope, and the other with Disney, which gives them rights to the other 10 films, including: Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, The Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, plus three untitled upcoming Star Wars releases.

“The Star Wars movies and characters are beloved across generations, captivating audiences and breaking box office records around the globe for nearly four decades,” Turner EVP of networks optimization, content strategy and commercialization Deborah K. Bradley said. “Through this deal, TNT and TBS will be the exclusive basic cable home of one of the most iconic, enduring and valuable movie franchises of all time, giving viewers the chance to watch this amazing collection from the very beginning.”

Turner isn’t wasting any time getting good use out of their newly acquired properties. TNT will air a marathon starting with Episode I: The Phantom Menace on September 20. Here’s the schedule of TNT’s Star Wars marathon:

Tuesday, September 20
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, 8pm
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, 11pm

Wednesday, September 21
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, 8pm
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, 11:05pm

Thursday, September 22
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, 8pm
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, 11:05pm

Friday, September 23
Star Wars: A New Hope, 8pm
Star Wars: A New Hope, 10:45

Saturday, September 24
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, 10:45am
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, 1:45pm
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, 4:55pm
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, 8pm
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, 10:45pm

Sunday, September 25
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, 5:15am
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, 8:15am
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, 11:20am
Star Wars: A New Hope, 2:25pm
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, 5:10pm
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, 8pm
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, 11pm
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, 2am

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