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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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SPI International Enlarges Its Presence at MIPCOM 2019

2019 marks a year of growth for SPI International and the strong team behind it is warming up before the big showcase at this year’s MIPCOM. One of the biggest buyers and distributors of theatrical films and television programming in the international market, SPI continues to expand both its team and footprint across the globe rapidly.

The company disclosed initial deals for its global Turkish drama channel, Timeless Drama Channel (TDC) earlier this year, which has since experienced an incredible surge in demand all over the world. SPI also announced the acquisition of the brand assets of Film1, the Dutch premium television and video-on-demand service at the beginning of July this year, adding Film1 PremiereFilm1 DramaFilm1 Action and Film1 Family to its extensive portfolio of TV channels and digital services. The latest development comes from the production front as SPI International recently unveiled its content production strategy which foregrounds new movies and TV series.

For almost a quarter of a century, SPI has attended MIPCOM as a buyer and seller of both channels and premium content. This year, SPI aims to grow its presence at the market with more channel and content offerings and a greater number of participants from the SPI International group.

This year’s MIPCOM will see a large group of attendees from the SPI family including executives from the content acquisition and channel distribution divisions along with members from the management board at Kino Polska TV S.ASPI International and Film1. Among the attendees are Loni Farhi (President at SPI International), Berk Uziyel (CEO at SPI International), Bogusław Kisielewski (President of the Management Board at Kino Polska TV), Haymi Behar (CMO at SPI International), and Jeroen Bergman (Managing Director at Film1).

SPI International is also getting ready to host two exciting events during MIPCOM 2019. There will be a market screening for the gangster comedy trilogy Mister Mayfair, starring Armand Assante, directed by Philippe Martinez and produced in partnership with 365 Flix International and UK based Goldfinch. The screening will take place on Monday, October 14th between 2:30 – 3:45 PM at Auditorium K, Palais Des Festivals, and will be followed by a cocktail event to celebrate great entertainment accompanied by live music at the Hotel Barrière Le Majestic between 6:00 – 8:30 PM. 

 

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