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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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SPI/FilmBox’s Content Production Strategy Includes New Movies and TV Series

SPI International announces its content production strategy for the coming years, which will include movies and TV series. The first product of this strategy, the musical gangster comedy “Mister Mayfair”, 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   

Earlier this year, SPI/FilmBox announced that they started to invest in movie and TV series productions. This strategic approach resulted in a partnership with movie director and producer Philippe Martinez that called for four uniquely entertaining productions. SPI/FilmBox’s content production strategy promises more movies and TV series to come in the following years that viewers everywhere will enjoy.  

“We believe that we have found something extraordinary in our partnership with Philippe. His creativity and work ethic along with his artistic approach to film-making, helps us bring to life entertaining and multi-dimensional stories that will delight audiences worldwide,” said Loni Farhi, President of SPI International.    

Among these four productions is the musical gangster comedy, Mister Mayfair, a trilogy about the ups and downs of former New York gangster turned London nightclub owner, Max Mayfair. In an attempt to escape his past, Max Mayfair builds himself a brand new life brimming with music and dance, surrounded by beautiful and talented people. However, Mister Mayfair’s picture-perfect new life turns upside down when his unknown granddaughter, arrives bearing stories of his past as a safe-cracking, New York gangster. The trilogy stars renowned actor Armand Assante as the titular character, along with movie industry veterans Steven Bauer and Ken Davitian. The trilogy is directed by Philippe Martinez and produced in partnership with SPI International, Goldfinch and 365 Flix International.

SPI/FilmBox 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 three Mister Mayfair movies.

“Working with Loni and the SPI International family has been an absolutely wonderful experience. I am very excited to collaborate with these talented people again on future projects that exude passion, drama, music and resonate well with the audience,” said writer/producer and film-maker, Philippe Martinez.

The other productions include: Salvage Marines, a brand new TV series based on a book by writer Sean-Michael Argo. Casper Van Dien and Peter Shinkoda are the protagonists in a story about a group of soldiers on a militarized deep space operation called Salvage Marines.

The third production, The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud, is a sci-fi action comedy starring Scott Adkins and Tommy Flanagan, tells the story of a space cruiser that crashes on a planet that is home to an intergalactic prison, resulting in all kinds of funny and quirky mishaps.

The fourth production, Miss Willoughby and Bentley, is a trilogy starring John Rhys Davies and Nathalie Cox as the beautiful professor who solves the mysteries behind crimes with her ex-butler Robert and cheeky but reliable dog, Bentley.     

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/FilmBox Affiliate Kino Polska TV S.A. Brings Hollywood Blockbusters to Central and Eastern Europe through a New Agreement with Paramount Worldwide TV Licensing & Distribution

SPI/FilmBox affiliate Kino Polska TV S.A.’s newly minted agreement with Paramount is certain to entertain movie lovers in Central and Eastern Europe

SPI/FilmBox continues to invest and expand its reach in Central and Eastern Europe markets through a brand new agreement with Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution. This new agreement will give SPI/FilmBox subscribers in Central and Eastern Europe access to blockbuster Hollywood movies and critically acclaimed films.

“I am pleased to announce that Kino Polska TV S.A. and Paramount have signed an agreement that will thrill FilmBox channels subscribers of all ages in Central and Eastern Europe,” said  Magdalena Blasiak, Acquisitions Director at SPI International. “As the Home of Good Movies, we strive to bring our subscribers limitless high-quality content. This selection of acclaimed movies from Paramount is another step towards solidifying this promise,” continued Blasiak.

Dozens of acclaimed films and blockbusters such as the following, are scheduled to be added to the FilmBox service starting in September: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation from Academy Award®-winning director Christopher McQuarrie, The Terminal, starring Oscar® winners Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones and directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, Up in the Air starring Academy Award winner George Clooney, Flight starring Oscar winner Denzel Washington and directed by Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis, director Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond, director Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, among others, will be available both in linear streaming and video on demand.

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 55 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

About Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution

Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution (PWTLD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, consumer products, and digital content for audiences in 180 countries and territories. The PWTLD division is responsible for licensing Paramount Pictures’ feature films and television programming for exhibition across all forms of linear channels as well as on-demand services around the world.

For more information contact:

SPI International/FilmBox

Marc Weismann (GloCreative) marc@glocreative.com

 

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SPI/FilmBox Enters into a Strategic Alliance with Telekom Srbija Group to Distribute Timeless Drama Channel and 6 Additional Channels

SPI/FilmBox announces that it has expanded its partnership with Telekom Srbija Group, the largest internet and cable television provider in Serbia. Timeless Drama Channel, along with 6 additional channels and digital services from SPI/FilmBox’s portfolio will be offered to Telekom Srbija subscribers through a three-year extension deal

SPI/FilmBox announced their newly broadened partnership with Telekom Srbija Group will include an additional 7 channels: Timeless Drama Channel, Fast&FunBox, FashionBox, Erox, Eroxxx, FightBox, and 360 TuneBox.    

“Our first agreement with Telekom Srbija Group was a success from the very beginning. I’m pleased to announce that we have renewed and greatly expanded this partnership” said Murat Muratoğlu, Head of Distribution at SPI International. “This August, we are proudly launching our much-loved Timeless Drama Channel and 6 new SPI/FilmBox channels on Telekom Srbija Group. mts TV, Supernova and m:SAT TV subscribers in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina will now be able to enjoy, in total, 13 of our most popular global channels,” continued Muratoğlu.

Subscribers will now have access to SPI/FilmBox’s most riveting and globally-renowned channels, including Timeless Drama Channel (TDC), the first global Turkish Drama channel. TDC is SPI/FilmBox’s premium drama channel and it has become one of the fastest-growing drama genre channels in the world since its launch. The channel 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. TDC will be offered with Serbian subtitles.

‘’Almost every day we are increasing the multimedia content offer for our users, both by producing our own, exclusive content and by cooperating with renowned global distributors. We believe that the offer of our partner SPI International, will attract many mts TV users, since it is high-quality TV content“, said Marijana Vukašinović, Head of the Multimedia Content Department at Telekom Srbija.

Through this deal, mts TV, Supernova and m:SAT TV subscribers will now enjoy a total of 13 SPI/FilmBox channels. Some of the channels included are: FightBox which delivers electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world; Fast&FunBox  which broadcasts high-octane, adrenaline sports programming; DocuBox  which offers a collection of award-winning documentaries about different cultures and the wonders of our world; Gametoon  which is dedicated to gaming content created by gamers for gamers; FashionBox  which provides highly entertaining content on fashion trends and all things style and; 360 TuneBox which presents new music by today’s emerging artists every week.

The complete list of SPI/FilmBox channels available on Telekom Srbija Group include:  FilmBox Premium, FilmBox Plus, FilmBox Extra, Timeless Drama Channel, FilmBox Arthouse, Gametoon, DocuBox, Fast&FunBox, Erox, Eroxx, FashionBox, FightBox, and 360 TuneBox.

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 55 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

 

About Telekom Srbija

The Telekom Srbija Company is a leader in the telecommunications market in Serbia and allows its customers a unique and integrated customer experience. Operating in Serbia under the mts brand, the company provides services from the sphere of mobile and fixed telephony, multimedia services and Internet. Thanks to the introduction of new services and the implementation of cutting edge technologies, the company tries to enable global connectivity and enrich people’s lives by creating conditions for excellent communication.

By continued investment in further development and modernization of the telecommunications infrastructure, network and services, the company can successfully respond to all challenges, demands and expectations of the customers.

 

For more information contact:

SPI International/FilmBox Marc Weismann (GloCreative) marc@glocreative.com

 

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