Google keen to bring Miramax movies onto YouTube

Search company reportedly attempting to turn YouTube into a web destination for longer form content

Google is trying to reach a deal with Filmyard Holdings, the new owner of US film production company Miramax, to get access to its archives of more than 700 movies for its video-sharing site YouTube, the New York Post reported.

Google is keen on gaining the rights of movies such as "Pulp Fiction" "Chicago," "Shakespeare in Love," and "No Country for Old Men," belonging to Miramax, owned by the Walt Disney Company.

The search company is reportedly asking for the films' rights in an attempt to turn YouTube into a web destination for longer form content. Video streaming company Netflix is also in talks with Miramax for the same reason.

In September, Google hired former Netflix executive Robert Kyncl as vice-president of content partnerships to gain the TV and movie rights deals.

However, a Google spokesman did not comment on the Miramax news and only added that the search company is always talking to studios and Disney remains "a valuable YouTube partner".

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