Global TV operator SPI International / FILMBOX has recently acquired worldwide rights to the popular Kenyan drama series “New Beginnings” which will soon air on the SPI’s FilmBox Africa movie channel across the continent.
SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group has signed an agreement with Insignia Productions acquiring rights to fifty two episodes of “New Beginnings”, a weekly drama about a three-way love affair between Julia, Derek and his best friend Sean. The show explores their lives and relationships from the point Sean wakes up from a five-year coma.
“New Beginnings” series is one of the first major acquisition deals which SPI has been working on in order to add African productions to the diverse programming offer on FilmBox Africa channel. “SPI/FILMBOX is fully committed to Africa with content,” said Amit Karni, SPI’s Head of Distribution for Africa. “We are negotiating new acquisitions with a number of regional content suppliers and we look forward to announcing more content deals over the coming months," Mr. Karni adds.
SPI distributes multiple TV networks throughout the African continent, including FilmBox Africa, FilmBox Art House, FightBox HD, FashionBox HD, DocuBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, 360TuneBox and Gametoon.
Global TV operator SPI International / FILMBOX has launched eight channels on a Scandinavian IPTV platform operated by Kalejdo Bredband AB.
The channels are offered as part of the MixBox package which will include two sports channels – FightBox HD and Fast&FunBox HD, a classic/independent movie channel FilmBox Art House, FashionBox – a network devoted to fashion and shopping trends, a documentary channel about nature and human civilization called DocuBox as well as 360TuneBox which presents independent and breakthrough musical artists from all over the world. Kalejdo also offers the following channels à la carte: 360 TuneBox, DocuBox, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, FightBox HD, FilmBox Art House and two erotic channels - Erox HD, Eroxxx HD.
“We are glad to start cooperation with Kalejdo Bredband AB as we are implementing our strategy to grow channel distribution in the Scandinavian TV market,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director of SPI International/FILMBOX. “The eight channels which we are launching in Sweden offer very diverse programming spanning from masterpieces of world cinema to live MMA events, Formula One, fashion shows, amazing wild life documentaries to a specially curated selection of music videos,” Mr. Uziyel added.
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.