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SPI International Acquires Digital Distribution Rights to The Smurfs

SPI/FilmBox has struck a deal with IMPS and LAFIG Belgium for the VOD rights of the classic cartoon series The Smurfs. The series will be available to viewers on SPI owned digital assets with English, Turkish, Dutch and Polish language options

Global media company SPI International acquired the digital distribution rights of the classic TV series The Smurfs and the feature length film The Smurfs and the Magic Flute from LAFIG Belgium and IMPS, the worldwide licensors of the beloved cartoon characters, for its own digital assets.  The deal, which was negotiated by Revi Benshoshan, Director of Acquisitions at SPI International, and Anne-Claire de Briey, Licensing Manager Audiovisual at IMPS, gives SPI worldwide AVOD and SVOD distribution rights to the content on SPI owned or operated digital assets such as FilmBox on demand branded corners, FilmBox+ and Film1 streaming services and the ad-supported digital channel Filmstream. The classic series will be available on-demand with English, Turkish, Dutch and Polish dubbing options.   

The Smurfs is an iconic and worldwide recognizable brand that has been touching people’s lives in a positive way for decades. We are very excited to acquaint a new generation of viewers with the magical world of Smurfs and to inspire those who grew up with the beloved series to tend to their inner child more often,” commented Revi Benshoshan.

“This new distribution deal with SPI/FilmBox is fantastic news. It makes me so happy to know that so many parents will be able to share their love for the Smurfs with their kids watching this great series together,” said Véronique Culliford, President of IMPS/Lafig and the daughter of Peyo, creator of the Smurfs.

 

About Peyo, LAFIG Belgium/IMPS (International Merchandising Promotions & Services)

IMPS, together with LAFIG Belgium, are the official licensors of the little blue-skinned characters ‘The Smurfs.’ Over the years, IMPS has worked in close collaboration with its agents worldwide to develop successful licensed merchandising, retail and co-branded promotions, publishing activities, broadcasting deals, theme parks, live shows and family entertainment centers that have secured the everlasting success of the Smurfs.  IMPS is run by Véronique Culliford, the daughter of Pierre Culliford, the creator of the Smurfs, who is better known under his pseudonym Peyo. Véronique has run IMPS since 1984 and controls with LAFIG Belgium the rights to the Smurfs characters and the Smurfs licensing worldwide.

 

About SPI INTERNATIONAL

SPI INTERNATIONAL is a global media company operating 42 TV channels, multiple digital products across six continents, and a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide.
SPI was founded 28 years ago and has extensive experience in the TV and broadcasting industry. The company operates multiple free-to-air and pay-TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, CIS and Ex-Yugo regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia, the Netherlands and Russia. SPI is one of the premier movie service providers in the countries where it operates, with FilmBox being its flagship movie service. SPI Group owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services. 

SPI’s brands reach millions of households through operators, partner platforms and SPI’s own digital products globally. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting-edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content and FilmBox+ service that has over one million subscribers. The company recently launched a new digital service, Dizi, a state-of-the-art aggregator of the best Turkish series worldwide. SPI also owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels and an on-demand service.

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

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"Fears" is the biggest winner of this year's Polish Film Festival in Gdynia

Coming to Polish theatres on November 5th, 2021!

The 46th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia ended on September 25th with a spectacular victory for the movie "Fears", coproduced by SPI International Affiliate Kino Polska TV SA. The picture directed by Łukasz Ronduda and Łukasz Gutt moved the Festival audience and received many positive reviews. „Fears" received a total of five awards – apart from the Journalists' Award, the film received the Don Quixote Award of the Film Discussion Clubs and the Youth Jury Award. During the Saturday gala closing of this year's edition of the Festival, Łukasz Gutt received an individual award for cinematography and the Golden Lions, the main award of the Gdynia event, was received by the filmmakers and Daniel Rycharski – the real-life inspiration behind the main character played by Dawid Ogrodnik. "Fears" will be distributed by Kino Świat, a CANAL+ group company.

The film, awarded with Golden Lions at Polish Film Festival 2021 in Gdynia, is based on real events from the life of the colorful and combining-extremes character of Daniel Rycharski – a respected artist, committed Catholic, outstanding activist, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and winner of "Polityka's" Polish weekly magazine special price called Passport.

The main character is played by Dawid Ogrodnik – the star of "The Last Family", "You Are God" and "You Want to Live" blockbusters, a two-time winner of the Polish Film Award (Eagle), who received numerous distinctions at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, as well as the title of Shooting Star 2019, awarded to the most promising actors of the European cinema.

Dawid Ogrodnik is accompanied by outstanding personalities of Polish cinematography, including: Andrzej Chyra, Jowita Budnik, Maria Maj, Jacek Poniedziałek and the star of the famous "25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda" movie – Piotr Trojan. The film was directed by Łukasz Gutt, who also created the cinematography, and Łukasz Ronduda – the creator of the critically acclaimed productions "The Performer" and "The Heart of Love", awarded at the International Film Festival in Berlin. At the 46th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, the "Fears" movie won as many as five awards: Journalists' Award, Film Discussion Clubs' Award, Young People's Jury Award, Best Cinematography, and the highest award - Golden Lions for the best film of the Festival.

Daniel (Dawid Ogrodnik) is an artist, Catholic and gay activist. The houses in his hometown are decorated with his impressive murals, his sculptures are displayed in respected exhibitions in Warsaw, and his installations, such as a chapel illuminated and greeting the residents with their voices, serve the local community. His trademark is a sweatshirt decorated with rainbow elements. As a deeply faithful Catholic, Daniel is committed to spiritual matters. He believes that the church should not be a place of exclusion and that there is room in his community for everyone regardless of worldview or personal choices. As a result of dramatic events, Daniel decides to take part in a courageous fight to defend his ideas and decides to crack down on homophobia in his hometown.
 

FEARS
Genre: Drama
Poland 2021
Production: Kuba Kosma PGP („(Nie)znajomi”, „Serce miłości”), Katarzyna Sarnowska („(Nie)znajomi”, „Chemia”)
Coproduction: Kino Polska TV SA
Co-financing: Polish Film Institute, CANAL+
Direction: Łukasz Ronduda („Performer”, „Serce miłości”), Łukasz Gutt („Odyseja złomowa”)
Screenplay: Łukasz Ronduda („Performer”), Michał Oleszczyk, Katarzyna Sarnowska („(Nie)znajomi”, „Chemia”)
Pictures: Łukasz Gutt („Kamerdyner”, „Serce miłości”)
Scenography: Joanna Kaczyńska („Listy do M.3”, „Serce miłości”)
Costume Designe: Kalina Lach („Wszyscy moi przyjaciele nie żyją”, „Planeta Singli 3”)
Film editing: Przemysław Chruścielewski („Żeby nie było śladów”, „Boże Ciało”, „Serce miłości”), Kamil Grzybowski („Czuły film”)
Cast: Dawid Ogrodnik („Najmro. Kocha, kradnie, szanuje”, „Cicha noc”, „Chce się żyć”), Maria Maj („Między nami dobrze jest”), Andrzej Chyra („W imię…”, „Carte blanche”), Jacek Poniedziałek („Serce miłości”, „Pakt”), Oskar Rybaczek („Klangor”, „Ślad”), Agata Łabno, Jowita Budnik („Plac Zbawiciela”, „Jeziorak”), Karolina Bruchnicka („Córka trenera”, „Moje wspaniałe życie”), Konrad Eleryk („Klangor”, „Furioza”), Piotr Trojan („25 lat niewinności. Sprawa Tomka Komendy”, „Znaki”),  Wiktoria Kruszczyńska, Ewa Konstancja Bułhak („Drogówka”, „Dzień kobiet”), Wojtek Ziętek („Boże Ciało”, „Jak najdalej stąd”)




About SPI INTERNATIONAL: 

SPI INTERNATIONAL is a global media company operating 42 TV channels, multiple digital products across six continents, and a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide.

SPI was founded 28 years ago and has extensive experience in the TV and broadcasting industry. The company operates multiple free-to-air and pay-TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, CIS and Ex-Yugo regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia, the Netherlands and Russia. SPI is one of the premier movie service providers in the countries where it operates, with FilmBox being its flagship movie service. SPI Group owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services. 

SPI’s brands reach millions of households through operators, partner platforms and SPI’s own digital products globally. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting-edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content and FilmBox+ service that has over one million subscribers. The company recently launched a new digital service, Dizi, a state-of-the-art aggregator of the best Turkish series worldwide. SPI also owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels and an on-demand service.

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

 

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SPI International’s Filmstream Now Available in 18 Latin American Countries with Pluto TV

Global media company SPI/FilmBox has inked a deal with Pluto TV, the leading free streaming television service in America, to launch SPI’s ad-based movie proposition Filmstream, which broadcasts an expertly curated selection of movies for those who appreciate the art of cinema. The new channel will be added to Pluto TV’s line-up in 18 countries in Latin America including; Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Mexico.  

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Pluto TV to include another top-quality product that combines premium content curation with the ease of the lean-back entertainment experience,” said Berkin Ecevit, Sales & Business Development Director at SPI International. “Filmstream’s slate of critically-acclaimed and insightful movies will now captivate more movie lovers of all ages through our deal with Pluto TV,” added Ecevit.

Filmstream’s current catalogue includes independent world cinema gems and classic movies from iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini, and many others. Filmstream plans to expand its line-up with Hollywood blockbusters and popular hits in the future.

Pluto TV also carries Pluto TV FashionBox which includes curated content from SPI’s FashionBox channel and features inspirational, educational, and always highly entertaining content on shopping, lifestyle and new fashion trends. 


About SPI INTERNATIONAL: 

SPI INTERNATIONAL is a global media company operating 42 TV channels, multiple digital products across six continents, and a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide.

SPI was founded 28 years ago and has extensive experience in the TV and broadcasting industry. The company operates multiple free-to-air and pay-TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, CIS and Ex-Yugo regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia, the Netherlands and Russia. SPI is one of the premier movie service providers in the countries where it operates, with FilmBox being its flagship movie service. SPI Group owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services. 

SPI’s brands reach millions of households through operators, partner platforms and SPI’s own digital products globally. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting-edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content and FilmBox+ service that has over one million subscribers. The company recently launched a new digital service, Dizi, a state-of-the-art aggregator of the best Turkish series worldwide. SPI also owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels and an on-demand service.

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

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SPI International’s Dizi Launches on Amazon Prime Video Channels in Spain

SPI’s premium drama hub Dizi is available on Amazon Prime Video Channels in Spain. Prime members in Spain can access Dizi branded on-demand content via an add-on paid monthly subscription with the linear channel launch expected to follow by the end of the year

SPI/FilmBox announces that Dizi, which offers a curated selection of high-budget and critically-acclaimed Turkish series, is available dubbed in Spanish, as subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) on Amazon Prime Video Channels in Spain as of September 9th 2021. Dizi will be offered as an add-on paid monthly subscription package available for Prime members at 2.99 € per month and subscribers can get a free trial for two weeks.

“The powerful stories told in Turkish series and the magnetic landscapes that provide a backdrop to these stories have been mesmerizing the whole world for the past ten years. Now with the Dizi offer at Amazon Prime, Spanish viewers will gain access to Dizi, The Home of Good Stories, where they can enjoy a curated slate of addictive Turkish series, all in one place with an ever-growing catalogue to come,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe and Africa at SPI International.

Some of the Dizi highlights which will be available to Prime members in Spain include: Black Money Love, the International Emmy Award-nominated sensation starring Tuba Büyüküstün and Engin Akyürek; Brave and Beautiful, a critically-acclaimed family saga led by Tuba Büyüküstün and Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ; Stiletto Vendetta, a suburban tale of glamour and revenge, and Insider, a thrilling cat-and-mouse game with shocking twists and turns.     
 

About SPI INTERNATIONAL: 

SPI INTERNATIONAL is a global media company operating 42 TV channels, multiple digital products across six continents, and a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide.

SPI was founded 28 years ago and has extensive experience in the TV and broadcasting industry. The company operates multiple free-to-air and pay-TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, CIS and Ex-Yugo regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia, the Netherlands and Russia. SPI is one of the premier movie service providers in the countries where it operates, with FilmBox being its flagship movie service. SPI Group owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services. 

SPI’s brands reach millions of households through operators, partner platforms and SPI’s own digital products globally. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting-edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content and FilmBox+ service that has over one million subscribers. The company recently launched a new digital service, Dizi, a state-of-the-art aggregator of the best Turkish series worldwide. SPI also owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels and an on-demand service.

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

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