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SPI International Announces a Brand New Content Distribution Partnership with DocuBay

SPI International and DocuBay signed a license agreement that includes seven of SPI’s premium documentary titles; all seven titles are available for streaming in 180+ countries on the DocuBay app and website 

SPI International announced a license agreement with DocuBay, the international membership-based VOD streaming service dedicated to premium documentary feature films. The license deal includes seven of SPI International’s visually groundbreaking and insightful premium titles such as Turandot, Small Cams – Big Beasts, Time Hopper, Eye to Eye with Everest: Death on a Mountain, The Invisible Wildlife Photographer, Riders in the Land of the Setting Sun, and Rwanda 17. All seven documentaries are now available to stream in 180+ countries on the DocuBay app and website.

SPI International brings together international documentaries of the highest quality with world-class partners. We deliver the award-winning, premium documentaries that our global audience expects from us, every day,” said Hubert Ornass-Kubacki, Head of Content Sales at SPI International. “It is very exciting to share that our first distribution agreement with DocuBay includes seven of our best documentaries and that both parties are eager to keep growing this partnership for many years to come” continued Ornass-Kubacki.

SPI International’s tremendous catalogue of exceptional content is right in line with DocuBay’s mission of providing viewers with the best in independent feature documentary films,” said Akul Tripathi, COO of DocuBay. “With DocuBay now available to a global audience, we look forward to growing our community of documentary film fans through strategic partnerships with premium content distributors such as SPI International” continued Tripathi.  

About DocuBay

Headquartered in Mumbai, India, DocuBay is a global, membership VOD streaming service and OTT platform exclusively designed to stream premium international documentary films. Specializing as a niche video service, DocuBay features content from all corners of the globe in a variety of categories and is available on platforms including the App Store, Google Play, Fire TV, and Apple TV, with additional platforms on the way. www.docubay.com

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 40 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 1,400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 60 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

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SPI/FilmBox Inks Channel Distribution Deals with Multiple Players in the African Region

SPI/FilmBox announces new channel and content distribution deals with Azam TV, MTN Group, and habeshaview to deliver eight of SPI/FilmBox’s most sought after channels to viewers across Africa

SPI/FilmBox continues to expand its presence across the African continent through partnerships with Azam TV, MTN Group and habeshaview. Subscribers to these platforms will have access to eight of SPI/FilmBox’s most exciting channels including FilmBox Africa, which features Hollywood movies and TV series from world renowned directors and producers.

“We are proud to partner with Azam TV, MTN Ghana via Silver Rock Technology Services and habeshaview to introduce eight of our most popular channels to viewers in East Africa, the Republic of Ghana and to Ethiopian communities around the world,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International. “We are excited to support the success of these partnerships and build brand engagement and TV viewership in these regions,” continued Twiss.

“By having a partnership with SPI International, Azam TV offers a combination of eight unique channels through its OTT app, including:  FilmBox Africa, FilmBox ArtHouse, DocuBox, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, FashionBox, 360 TuneBox and GameToon,” commented Jacob Joseph, Azam Media Limited’s Deputy CEO.  “We at Azam TV always aim to give the best of the best to our customers and this partnership with SPI shows that we mean it,” continued Joseph

“Africa is still an untapped territory especially in the digital market,” said Stephanie Wallace, Content Acquisition Manager at Silver Rock. “Our aim is to provide affordable but innovative digital entertainment available to “All” and we believe this collaboration with SPI/FilmBox is in the right direction to spearhead growth in a largely mobile phone dependent African population,” continued Wallace.

habeshaview is delighted with our partnership with SPI International and providing their channels to our audiences worldwide. We believe the variety of channels within the SPI package offer our customers the variety of programs they are looking for” said Tigist Kebede, Operations Director at habeshaview.

Seven of SPI/FilmBox’s unique thematic channels and FilmBox Africa, which offers over 300 premiere titles every year, will now be available to Azam TV subscribers with the OTT app in East Africa, MTN subscribers in Ghana, and over 6 million habeshaview subscribers worldwide.

The other channels included are: FilmBox Arthouse which brings world cinema classics from iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini and many others to cinema lovers; Gametoon which is dedicated to gaming content created by gamers for gamers; FightBox broadcasts some of the most electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world; Fast&FunBox offers action-packed programming dedicated to adrenaline sports; DocuBox delivers a collection of award-winning documentaries about different cultures and the wonders of our world; FashionBox provides highly entertaining content on fashion trends and all things style, and 360 TuneBox presents new music every week with today’s emerging artists.

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 40 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 1,400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 60 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. www.spiintl.com

About Azam TV

Azam TV is the leading Satellite TV content provider in East Africa with a strong presence in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi & Malawi. The company expanded its customer base to more than a million customers in just 5 years. Azam TV offers more than 100 channels in its bouquet and is credited with launching the first HD channel in East Africa.

About Silver Rock

Silver Rock Technology Services is a management advisory and execution support firm with a primary focus in the telecom, media and digital industry.

It has recently launched a new line of service, branded ‘TVAnywhere’, offering enriched broadband, digital media, and value-added services.

TV Anywhere is a Wholesale Digital Media and Value-Added Services Business poised to leverage on the vast reach of broadband internet technologies and increasing smartphone (device) penetration in order to make digital entertainment available and affordable to a growing number of smart device users in Ghana and other African countries, in partnership with telecom and internet service providers.

TV Anywhere’s mission is to make affordable digital entertainment available to largely mobile phone dependent African population while creating sustainable revenue streams for Telecom Service Providers and Content Providers.

It also aims to be the leading entertainment and media gateway to Africa and other emerging markets with the mission to change the way and manner in which TV/ and Video contents are being distributed and consumed in the market.

www.silverrocktech.com  www.tvanywhereafrica.com

About MTN

MTN, the leading provider of telecommunications services in Africa and the Middle East, entered the Ghanaian market after the acquisition of Investcom in 2006. MTN Ghana has invested in new technologies to ensure growth and expansion of the network, and has since been the market leader in Ghana’s telecommunications industry.

The company was successfully listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange in 2018 after its Initial Public Offer. The transaction saw over 120,000 Ghanaians buying shares in the company. As a result, the organization became the only company to be listed on the stock exchange with high Ghanaian participation. Raising over Ghc 440million. MTN Ghana was the first company globally to issue its IPO through Mobile Money, the first time the platform has been used for an IPO.

The company according to NCA 2018 report, December 2018, had 20,092,798 subscribers, representing about 49.08% of the market share. 

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SPI/FilmBox’s Timeless Drama Channel (TDC) Launches in Croatia and Macedonia in Partnership with A1 Broadcasting

SPI/FilmBox and A1 Broadcasting inked a channel distribution deal to broadcast Timeless Drama Channel (TDC) in Croatia and Macedonia. Since its launch in April 2019, TDC has been rapidly increasing its presence across the globe. The channel is now available in 12 countries through 14 operators reaching over 3 million homes  

SPI/FilmBox announced that A1 Broadcasting subscribers in Croatia and Macedonia will now have access to Timeless Drama Channel (TDC), one of the best drama genre channels in the world, with hundreds of hours of riveting content from major Turkish producers.

“We are delighted to announce the launch of the first global Turkish drama channel, Timeless Drama Channel, in Macedonia and Croatia with A1 Broadcasting. Turkish dramas are wildly popular across the globe due to the universal themes and values that they represent. We are confident that drama genre lovers in Croatia and Macedonia will thoroughly enjoy the award-winning series on this channel,” said Murat Muratoğlu, Head of Distribution at SPI International.  

Timeless Drama Channel (TDC) is SPI/FilmBox’s premium Turkish drama channel and it has become one of the fastest-growing drama genre channels since its launch. TDC now reaches over 3 million homes in 12 countries through 14 operators with plans to double its market penetration in 2020. 

Created in partnership with Ay Yapım, the channel offers over 600 hours of fresh content including nine globally acclaimed Turkish TV series: Karadayi, Black Money Love, 20 Minutes, Kurt Seyit & Shura, Moms and Mothers, Red Scarf, Five Brothers, The End and The 8th Day. The channel also brings to the forefront some of Turkey’s most talented actors and actresses such as International Emmy Award nominee Engin Akyürek, Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Bergüzar Korel, Farah Zeynep Abdullah, Kenan İmirzalıoğlu and Tuba Büyüküstün.

About SPI International
SPI International is a global media company operating 40 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 1,400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 60 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. www.spiintl.com

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SPI International Affiliate Kino Polska TV S.A. Announces the Launch of Its Production Arm Which Foregrounds Big Budget Polish Movies and International Co-Productions

SPI affiliate Kino Polska TV S.A. launches a production arm in Poland that will focus on producing blockbuster movies as well as paying tribute to Polish heritage and culture

SPI International affiliate Kino Polska TV S.A.’s newest venture is a production arm that is designed to deliver big-budget, Polish and international blockbusters, along with TV productions that celebrate the traditions and history of Poland.  

"Poland is a country with a rich history and culture, and we have all these incredibly talented people around us. SPI and Kino Polska TV saw an opportunity to utilize this pool of creative talent to start a brand new venture in Poland.  Our production arm is ready to create, develop, and distribute movies that will have local success in mind. We are also planning to bring in international talent where we see fit and bring certain projects to life that will appeal not only to the Polish audience but also to a wider international audience,” said Loni FarhiPresident of SPI International.

We choose projects very carefully. We focus on stories that have both local value and the potential to reach a wider audience through universal themes and relatable characters,” said Dorota Zwierzchowska, Head of Content at Kino Polska TV S.A. “We are delighted to be able to provide a platform that prioritizes freedom of expression for talented creators, which we believe is the key to producing successful content,” continued Zwierzchowska.   

SPI International has also partnered with world renowned director, writer, and producer, Philippe Martinez, as co-producer of special projects in Poland. “We have big plans for 2020 and beyond. My favorite part of working with Loni and Bogusław, and the team at SPI and Kino Polska TV is that they think big! We are going to create local jobs, hire local talent, and bring in all the right people to develop and produce blockbuster movies of the highest quality. These will be movies we can all be proud of,” said Philippe Martinez.

Kino Polska TV S.A. will be involved in several local TV productions and feature movie projects in the coming years. “All major TV stations in the Polish market have their own creations as a fundamental element of their competitiveness. I am confident that international cooperation with such experienced people as Philippe and Loni will maximize our potential for further growth and increase our viewership,” said Bogusław Kisielewski, President of the Management Board of Kino Polska TV. “The incentive mechanisms that have been created for producers in Poland this year, along with access to great actors, operators, production managers, and the entire back office, will definitely increase the chances of success in this area,” continued Kisielewski.   

Kino Polska TV S.A. has already scheduled five feature film projects for 2020. One of the initial productions to come out of this new venture is a comedy entitled “Over My Dead Body” (“Po moim trupie”) directed by Tomasz Konecki and co-produced with Krzysztof Szpetmański. Set in a small and unusual town, “Over My Dead Body” will star Rafał Zawierucha (Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) as the good-hearted Kostek, who wants his beautiful but viciously cruel mother-in-law Teresa to disappear from his life forever. When his dream unexpectedly comes true, life in this small town immediately turns upside down. Only a miracle can cause things to go back to normal: Teresa’s return. Fortunately, miracles sometimes do happen and they come in pairs…

Production for “Over My Dead Body” will begin in mid-2020 and the movie is expected to premiere in Polish cinemas in January or February of 2021. The movie will be distributed by Galapagos Films.   

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 40 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 1,400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 60 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. www.spiintl.com

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