SPI International / FILMBOX has acquired multi territory rights to the new Steven Seagal cutting edge 12 episodes TV Series General Commander. The series will start filming in Europe and Asia in September 2017 and is expected to premiere on FilmBox channels in 2018.
Loni Farhi and SPI will act as co-producer to the series. SPI entered into a multi territory agreement for Africa, Eastern Europe, CIS, the Baltics, ex-Yugo, Latin America, Portugal, Turkey, and the Middle East.
General Commander is a new, international action TV series starring Steven Seagal to be produced by Saradan Media and written by Bey Logan/Phillipe Martinez. The series follows the missions and intrigues of a top secret, rogue, international paramilitary unit created to hunt and fight major criminal organizations in order to stop the momentum leading toward World War III.
“SPI is thrilled to co-produce General Commander and bring this action-packed series to FilmBox viewers. We have been expanding distribution of the FilmBox movie channel in the CIS, the Baltics, Middle East, Turkey, Africa and across CEE. We are now gathering content to launch FilmBox and FilmBox Action in Latin America, India and across other markets,” said Loni Farhi, President of SPI International. “Co productions like General Commander and high level content acquisitions are clearly showing our commitment to our channels and the new markets that we are entering,” Mr. Farhi added.
The series producer/writer, Philipe Martinez said: “We are very excited that SPI became part of this high profile, cutting edge production. Steven Seagal has huge worldwide appeal and we are confident that this new series will be an instant hit among his fans.”
SPI International / FILMBOX is launching FightBox HD channel with Discover Digital, a digital media company in South Africa.
FightBox HD is a hard-hitting, action-packed 24/7 combat sports channel which presents multiple martial arts disciplines as well as live MMA and kickboxing events from Europe and the U.S. Discover Digital offers the channel on its IPTV service which debuted in South Africa this month. The new Digital Entertainment on Demand (DEOD) service will enable Discover Digital to partner with regional telecommunications operators, both in the domestic market and in other African countries.
FightBox HD is one of several thematic channels which SPI International distributes in Africa. The other channels which are already being carried by numerous platforms and operators across the continent include: FunBox UHD, FilmBox Africa HD, FilmBox Action HD, FashionBox HD, DocuBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, FilmBox Art House, 360TuneBox and Gametoon.
“As mobile and fixed line operators enter the media industry offering OTT & VOD services, SPI is extremely happy to collaborate with a professional business partner like Discover Digital in order to feed operators with the FilmBox TV channels and its exciting VOD content,” said Amit Karni, SPI's Head of Distribution, Africa.
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SPI International channels available for Africa: FilmBox Africa, FilmBox Action, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, FilmBox Art House, DocuBox, FashionBox, 360TuneBox, Gametoon, FunBox UHD
SPI International has launched FUNBOX UHD on Vodafone TV in Spain. World’s first global TV channel with native Ultra HD content is now available to Vodafone TV viewers.
FUNBOX UHD - the global general entertainment channel carries a mix of native Ultra HD documentaries, performing arts programming, extreme adventure / lifestyle content as well as movies and TV series. The channel presents highly acclaimed programs such as cinematic opera La Boheme and The Sea Chef – hosted by two Michelin-starred chef Ángel León around the Spanish coast.
“SPI is focusing on making as much native Ultra HD content as possible available via this channel, and we are only showing those programs that have a high production value and can deliver outstanding visual highlights for the viewers,” said Raymond Van Der Vliet, Director of Distribution in Western Europe for SPI International.
FUNBOX UHD is currently available on a number of DTH platforms, IPTVs and OTT services in Portugal, Germany, Turkey, Luxembourg, Romania, the Netherlands and Qatar.
Global TV operator SPI International/FILMBOX announced today it has renewed its distribution agreement with FilmOn TV, part of the FOTV/Hologram USA group of companies. FilmOn will continue to carry several international thematic channels from the SPI’s portfolio including: FightBox HD, DocuBox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, 360TuneBox. In addition, the bundle of channels now includes Gametoon.
Gametoon is a worldwide entertainment TV channel for millennials revolving around gaming and eSports. The channel gives its viewers a unique opportunity to play games on their mobile devices and share scores along with avatars on air. Gametoon features game reviews, eSports tournaments, viral content fueld with best of the Web, and much more.
The renewed SPI channels on FilmOn.com include two sports channels, with FightBox HD featuring live MMA and kickboxing events and Fast&FunBox HD devoted to adventure sports, car racing, motorcross, sailing, etc. Also continuing on FilmOn: DocuBox HD presents documentary films and series about nature, science and human civilization; FashionBox HD, with up to date coverage of fashion trends, is world’s first fashion network presenting exclusively native HD programming; and 360TuneBox, which caters to young urban audiences interested in discovering independent music artists and the art of video.
“We are very pleased to continue our relationship with FilmOnTV Networks. FilmOn Live TV makes it possible for our channels to gain new digital viewers,” says Stacey Sobel, SPI International’s executive VP.
“SPI/FILMBOX is a recognized leader in supplying top quality international movies and television,” said Kim Hurwitz, Chief Content Officer of FOTV Media. “The channels have been favorites of our discerning audience, and we’re excited to add the eSports channel Gametoon to the mix.”