ABC Family gets rights to air ‘Hunger Games’ films
On the heels of “The Hunger Games’ “record-setting $155 million opening weekend, ABC Family has landed the sought-after TV rights to the Lionsgate film, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
As part of the pact, the Disneyowned cable network also will get the network premiere rights to “Catching Fire,” the second film in the “Hunger Games” franchise, set to hit theaters Nov. 22, 2013. The films will begin airing in 2014, joining a collection of movies, including the “Harry Potter” franchise and upcoming series “Bunheads,” “Baby Daddy” and “Beverly Hills Nannies” on the network’s schedule.
The hotly anticipated “Hunger Games” — adapted from Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of young-adult books, of which there are 26 million copies in print — generated the thirdbiggest