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Networks, distributors making deals for films

The business part of show business is in full swing at the Sundance Film Festival, where film buyers are cutting deals to distribute movies playing at the independent-cinema showcase.

Showtime snapped up “History of the Eagles,” director Alison Ellwood’s two-part documentary about the pop super-group. It will air Feb. 15 to 16.

HBO acquired television rights for another music-related documentary, “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s profile of the punk-rock group, whose activities resulted in imprisonment of three members over an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in Russia’s main cathedral.

A24, a distribution outfit founded last summer, picked up North American rights to James Ponsoldt’s teen drama “The Spectacular Now,” featuring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley.

North American rights to Michael Winterbottom’s “The Look of Love” went to IFC Films. The film stars Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots and Tamsin Egerton in the true-life story of British adult-entertainment tycoon Paul Raymond.

Sundance Selects bought North American rights to Richard Rowley’s “Dirty Wars,” a documentary examining the use of drone strikes, torture and covert operations by U.S. forces in the war on terror.

The festival concludes this weekend.

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