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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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SPI/FilmBox Has Licensed the Globally Acclaimed Series Narcos for Poland, Benelux, Turkey, and the Middle East

SPI/FilmBox announces the television premiere of Narcos and Narcos: Mexico in Poland, Benelux, Turkey, and the Middle East

SPI/FilmBox will bring one of the most successful TV series in the world to FilmBox subscribers. November 2019 marks the linear television premiere of the first three seasons of Narcos, and the phenomenal fourth season, Narcos: Mexico. All four seasons will be available in Benelux, Turkey, Middle East, and in Poland.

“We are very much looking forward to bringing the linear television premiere of Narcos and Narcos: Mexico, to Poland, Benelux, Turkey, and the Middle East,” said Magdalena Blasiak-Bielinska, Head of Acquisitions at Kino Polska (SPI International group). “We are proud to be working together with Gaumont on the launch of Narcos on TV. Narcos has enjoyed worldwide success and we look forward to expanding its reach via linear television in our territories,” continued Blasiak-Bielinska.

The first three seasons of Narcos, explored the rise and fall of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, and the DEA’s fight against the infamous Cali Cartel. Season four, Narcos: Mexico, is set in the 1980s and focuses on drug lord, Félix Gallardo’s rise to unify traffickers and helm the Guadalajara Cartel in Mexico, as well as the DEA tactics to gain access to the underbelly of the Cartel.

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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A Fascinating Start for Timeless Drama Channel (TDC)

SPI International’s Timeless Drama Channel (TDC), has so far launched in 12 countries with 14 operators and it is reaching 2.5 million homes in just six months. Timeless Drama Channel is among the top 25 channels on platforms where it’s available. TDC plans to double its market penetration in 2020 with more launches to be disclosed soon.   

SPI International announced the worldwide launch of the first global Turkish drama channel, Timeless Drama Channel (TDC) during last year’s MIPCOM. Since then, the channel has been rapidly soaring to success, signifying a profound international affinity towards Turkish dramas. TDC brings over 600 hours of fresh content including critically-acclaimed Turkish dramas and movies to 2.5 million homes in 12 countries through 14 operators. One of the fastest-growing drama genre channels in the world, TDC has managed to land a place among the top 25 most-watched channels on platforms where it’s available. The channel plans to double its reach across the globe in 2020.

Since its launch, TDC has secured distribution agreements with 14 international operators, establishing a major presence in the Adriatic, Balkan and MENA regions. Some of the operators that carry TDC in these territories include: Kujtesa and Ipko in Kosovo, Digit-Alb in Albania, A1 Croatia, A1 Macedonia, My-HD and Ooredoo Qatar in MENA, Telekom Srbija and UPC Romania. TDC also continues to expand its footprint across Western Europe through a recent deal with Post in Luxembourg.

 “Turkish dramas are highly capable of connecting drama genre lovers from all over the world because they evoke an array of emotions in us that are able to cross cultural boundaries,” said Berk Uziyel, CEO of SPI International. “The global success of TDC stems from the fact that, this platform brings together hundreds of hours of high-quality Turkish broadcast content that resonates well with our international audience. We are proud to witness this exciting journey of Timeless Drama Channel and we are confident that it will continue to grow its presence around the world in the coming years,” continued Uziyel.

Timeless Drama Channel was created in partnership with Ay Yapim, one of Turkey’s top producers and creator of many award-winning Turkish TV series. The channel currently 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 TatlıtuğBergüzar KorelFarah Zeynep AbdullahKenan 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 to Produce Three Additional “Mister Mayfair” Movies Directed by Philippe Martinez with Casper Van Dien Joining the Cast

SPI International announces that they will produce three additional movies about the ups and downs of former New York gangster Max Mayfair with renowned actor Casper Van Dien joining the cast. The first three “Mister Mayfair” movies will be screened for the first time at MIPCOM on Monday, October 14th, between 2:30 PM and 3:45 PM in Auditorium K, Palais des Festivals   

SPI International, 365 Flix International and UK based Goldfinch, announced that they have finished the first three movies about former New York gangster turned London nightclub owner Max Mayfair, produced in collaboration with Highfield Grange Studios and MSR media. The first three Mister Mayfair movies will be screened for the first time at MIPCOM on Monday, October 14th. SPI International felt so strongly about the quality of the three original movies that a new trilogy about Mister Mayfair will be produced.   

The gangster comedy Mister Mayfair revolves around former New York gangster Max Mayfair, who moves to London and opens a nightclub frequented by the capital’s most glamorous crowd. At sixty-five, nothing can stop him – except the arrival of his unknown granddaughter who slams into Max’s life like a freight train, bearing stories of his past as a safe-cracking, New York gangster.             

SPI International will hold a Market Screening for Mister Mayfair at MIPCOM on October 14th, Monday, between 2:30 PM and 3:45 PM in Auditorium K, Palais des Festivals. The audience will have the chance to watch 15 mins from each of the first three Mister Mayfair movies.

SPI International couldn’t be prouder of the first three Mister Mayfair movies. Working with Philippe and Goldfinch proved to be a very productive partnership.  I look forward to start producing the next three movies of Mister Mayfair which I’m confident that viewers will enjoy very much,” said Loni Farhi, President of SPI International.

Scriptwriting and scouting for the new trilogy are already in the works in the UK and Marrakesh. Armand Assante, Nathalie Cox and Soraya Torrens will star in the next chapter. Another exciting addition to the cast of the new Mister Mayfair trilogy is the renowned actor Casper Van Dien. The deal was brokered with Jeff Goldberg who represents Van Dien. The actor also stars in another co-production with director Philippe Martinez called Salvage Marines, which tells the story of a group of soldiers on a militarized deep space operation.  

“The Entertainment industry today is a global phenomenon the likes of which are unprecedented, and the competition for distribution has never been more aggressive,” said Armand Assante, the star of Mister Mayfair. “On behalf of the production team beginning with Loni and Alan, I wish to congratulate our longtime friend writer/director Philippe Martinez on creating an unforgettable combination of music, rhythm, and laughter with Mister Mayfair since day one. We are about to embark on our second trilogy. Philippe, we are with you because of the energy, creativity, and excitement you bring to the set each and every day,” continued Assante.

“I could not be more pleased by Loni’s decision along with our other partners Kirsty Bell and Alan Latham to produce the second trilogy. They all felt that the joy, music, and quality of what they saw in the first trilogy will have the audience wanting to know the next chapter of Max Mayfair adventures. This is really a fun ride for all of us, and Armand is simply phenomenal in the role” said director and producer Philippe Martinez.  

The new Mister Mayfair trilogy will again be directed by Philippe Martinez and produced in partnership with SPI International and British producer Alan Latham, Loni Farhi and Philippe Martinez with Goldfinch and 365 Flix International.  

 

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

For more information contact:

SPI International/FilmBox

Marc Weismann (GloCreative) marc@glocreative.com

 

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