Orion, federal satellite operator in Russia and global TV operator SPI International / FILMBOX signed a distribution agreement based on which Orion now offers seven SPI channels on its Telekarta television platform and becomes the exclusive distributor of SPI channels in Russia.
In the first stage of cooperation Orion has uplinked seven channels from the SPI portfolio and launched them as part of the "Unlimited" and "1001 Nights" package through satellite TV platform Telekarta. Russian viewers will get a chance to enjoy two movie channels – FilmBox and FilmBox Art House. SPI International has just announced a deal with FremantleMedia International (FMI) to acquire pay window rights for three major scripted titles. The agreement will see the critically-acclaimed smash hit The Young Pope, gripping thriller Apple Tree Yard and hugely successful Swedish crime drama Modus heading to FilmBox channel in Russia and the Baltics.
The bundle also includes a martial arts channel FightBox, Fast&FunBox - a channel devoted to extreme sports, from motorcycle racing to snowboarding, including coverage of Formula One, FashionBox channel presenting top designers and brands as well as DocuBox, a channel featuring documentary films about wild life, nature and human civilization. Telekarta also offers Erox (18+), an erotic channel with programming from the world’s top adult content producers.
In addition to broadcasting SPI channels within its own satellite platform Telekarta, Orion will be the exclusive distributor of the SPI channels in the network of cable operators across Russia. Orion will make the SPI channels available to local operators in both SD and HD formats.
Commenting on the cooperation, Kirill Makhnovskiy, CEO, Orion Group noted: "Foremost SPI channels provide high-quality content. We are honored to be the first operator in Russia to introduce them to our subscribers, and offer the channels for transmission to our partners - cable operators. Our long-term experience of cooperation with international majors allows to suggest that the primary launch of the seven TV channels in the Russian market will be a pledge of a long and productive partnership with SPI International."
"Orion is one of the leading and most dynamic DTH platforms in Russia. We are glad to start collaboration with such an experienced partner and we are excited to deliver top quality entertainment to Russian viewers thanks to our cooperation with Orion," said Murat Muratoglu, SPI Head of Distribution Russia and CIS, MENA, APAC, Baltics, Turkey, ex-Yugo and Bulgaria.
Global TV operator SPI International / FILMBOX has acquired pay window rights for La La Land, Hakcsaw Ridge and several other titles from Freeman Distribution for FilmBox movie channels in selected CEE territories.
In addition to La La Land, the Oscar-winning musical comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (to be aired on FilmBox movie channels in the Czech Rep., Slovakia, Romania and Hungary), the recently signed deal between SPI / FILMBOX and Freeman also includes Office Christmas Party, an American comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, Mel Gibson’s Oscar-winning war drama Hakcsaw Ridge and The Foreigner – the widely anticipated new action thriller featuring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.
“We are committed to offering the best movie content to our premium channels’ subscribers across the CEE markets. Such critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning productions as La La Land and Hakcsaw Ridge are what makes our FilmBox brand an excellent choice for those TV viewers who seek top quality premium entertainment for an affordable price,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director of SPI International / FILMBOX.
SPI International / FILMBOX operates a portfolio of basic and premium movie channels which are offered by most of the major DTH platforms and cable networks in Poland, the Czech Rep. Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, ex-Yugo countries and the Baltics.
Major dramas including The Young Pope headed for Central Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS.
Global TV operator SPI International / FILMBOX has inked a deal with FremantleMedia International (FMI) to acquire pay window rights for three major scripted titles for SPI's FilmBox movie channels and FilmBox Live VOD service. The agreement will see the critically-acclaimed smash hit The Young Pope, gripping thriller Apple Tree Yard and hugely successful Swedish crime drama Modus heading to Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Russia and CIS.
“The Young Pope has been the topic of much excitement with global audiences. We are thrilled to bring this extraordinary series to FilmBox viewers across our territories,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director at SPI International / FILMBOX.
Maximilian Bolenius, SVP Sales & Distribution, German speaking Europe, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia & CIS, who completed the sale for FMI added: “The Young Pope, Apple Tree Yard and Modus are three outstanding scripted titles from FremantleMedia International’s catalogue, which represent the very best of European drama. All three have received critical acclaim and have captivated audiences wherever they have aired, so we’re really excited that titles will be available to FilmBox audiences in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS.”
The Young Pope is an international production directed by Academy Award winner Paolo Sorrentino, and starring two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law and Academy Award winner Diane Keaton. The series, which has received five-star reviews in the USA, UK, and Europe, tells the story of Lenny Belardo, alias Pius XIII, the first American Pope. Young and charming, his election seems to be the result of a simple yet effective media strategy on the part of the College of Cardinals. But appearances can be deceptive. Above all, in the place and among the people who have chosen the great mystery of God as the compass guiding their existence. That place is the Vatican and those people are the leaders of the Church. And Pius XIII proves to be the most mysterious and contradictory of them all. Shrewd and naïve, ironical and pedantic, primeval and cutting-edge, doubting and resolute, melancholy and ruthless, Pius XIII tries to cross the endless river of human solitude to find a God he can give to mankind. And to himself.
Adapted from the best-selling novel, Apple Tree Yard is a tense, provocative mini-series about a respected female scientist and the single impulsive act that leads to her standing trial for murder. Married with two grown-up children, Yvonne Carmichael (Academy Award nominee Emily Watson) lives a contented, conventional suburban life. But her world spirals into chaos when a chance encounter leads to an impulsive and passionate affair with a charismatic stranger (Ben Chaplin). Despite all her careful plans to keep her home life and career safe and separate from her affair, fantasy and reality soon begin to overlap and everything she values is put at risk.
Modus is a gripping Swedish detective thriller that was Swedish network TV4’s biggest drama launch in 2 years. The story follows psychologist and ex-FBI profiler Inger Johanne Vik as she finds herself and her autistic daughter drawn into an investigation surrounding a series of disturbing and brutal deaths. As the number of mysterious murders starts to increase, Johanne is driven by her need to protect her daughter and starts noticing a pattern. But her discovery of the killer’s weakness and the connection to a ruthless international network unintentionally turns the entire threat towards herself and her family.
DocuBox, FightBox and Eroxxx HD channels have been successfully launched with Focus Sat, Romania's satellite TV operator managed by UPC DTH.
Focus Sat has added DocuBox and FightBox to the existing FilmBox premium package which already offers a strong line-up of movie channels namely FB Plus, FB Family, FB Extra HD and FB Premium.
DocuBox features a large selection of documentary films covering wild life, nature, human civilization and TV programming exploring the mysteries and beauty of our planet. FightBox is a 24/7 martial arts channel presenting a variety of disciplines as well as live MMA and kickboxing events. Eroxxx features adult TV programming from the world’s top adult content producers and is offered in the existing Activ premium adult package.
“We are glad to extend our cooperation with UPC DTH in Romania. The newly added channels will strengthen the position of the FilmBox premium package in Focus Sat line-up and give our subscribers a chance to enjoy amazing documentaries and breathtaking sports events,” said Tamas Fulop, SPI Director of Operations in CEE.
SPI/Filmbox channels are also provided by UPC DTH platforms in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
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