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SPI International Projects Future Coexistence of OTT and Linear TV at Asia Video Summit Panel

Panel Discussion brings together major players to discuss the advancements in the video industry

SPI International’s CEO, Berk Uziyel, participated in this year’s Asia Video Summit in which the future of the evolving digital video industry was discussed. SPI’s objectives for the new wave of digital video is to encompass a 360° screen video entertainment for a more advanced and interactive experience on all VoD TV platforms to create an engaging community with live events.

Berk Uziyel at Asia Video Summin Panel

“The success of media companies relies on relevance and hybrid services which is why SPI strongly postulates that the coexistence of OTT and linear TV will be the future. Linear TV streaming will become diversified but it is crucial to have engaging content available on all screens to stay relevant,“ said Berk Uziyel, SPI International's CEO at the Hong Kong event.

In order to further pursue their vision, SPI recently launched Timeless Drama Channel (devoted to Turkish TV series) that had a positive reaction during its premiere at MIPCOM 2018. SPI International continues to incorporate values that focus on their philosophy of offering the best content experience for all of their viewers, partners and operators on all screens and platforms.

The Asia Video Summit in Hong Kong presented the opportunity to discuss innovative and creative ideas to enhance the modern video industry. Mr. Uziyel met with the Senior Vice President of Digital Development Global Markets and Operations for BBC Studios, Shad Hashmi, as well as Tony Zameczkowski who is the Vice President of Business Development Asia for Netflix.

This remarkable panel discussion between Netflix and BBC surrounded the topic about the future of Digital Video - the opportunities and the challenges, the disruption and the consolidation, the success stories and the ability to embrace change.

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SPI/Filmbox relaunches theatrical distribution in CEE with DESTROYER and THE BEACH BUM!

SPI relaunches theatrical distribution with DESTROYER with Nicole Kidman in December 2018 and THE BEACH BUM in March 2019 in Eastern Europe

Global media company SPI International has announced a new hot deal with Rocket Science for the crime thriller Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman and Harmony Korine's new comedy The Beach Bum. SPI secured theatrical, TV and VOD rights for CEE territories.

SPI has been a leading content distributor in Central Eastern Europe for over 20 years. The company operates more than 30 movie and thematic channels under the FILMBOX brand and supplies television content to major TV broadcasters in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria as well as ex-Yugo countries. SPI has recently launched channels in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and it has been rapidly growing outside CEE.

SPI's recent deal with Rocket Science includes a modern Los Angeles crime thriller Destroyer, soaked in the city’s haze and fired up on explosive action. Starring Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, she plays a deadly game of cops and robbers, “taking on her toughest role yet.” (People Magazine)

Nicole Kidman - Destroyer
Nicole Kidman undergoes a dramatic makeover for new drama DESTROYER.

The Beach Bum, directed by Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers, Kids), follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog, a stoner poet played by Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey. Co-starring with McConaughey are Snoop Dog, Zac Efron, Martin Lawrence and Isla Fisher.

Matthew McConaughey - The Beach Bum
Matthew McConaughey is
channeling his best self in THE BEACH BUM.

“SPI/FILMBOX is excited to bring these two hot new releases to audiences across CEE,” stated Berk Uziyel, CEO of SPI International. “We are thrilled to see Nicole Kidman garnering serious Oscar buzz for her role in Destroyer while The Beach Bum, with its killer cast, is simply destined to be a huge commercial hit in theaters and later a highly-anticipated TV premiere on FILMBOX channels,” Mr. Uziyel adds.

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SPI unveils new Turkish series channel for worldwide distribution

SPI International / FILMBOX is launching Timeless Drama Channel (TDC), a new worldwide TV network devoted to Turkish drama series and movies.

TDC - Turkish Drama Channel

As millions of viewers around the world connect with Turkish dramas, telenovelas and action series on a weekly basis SPI/FILMBOX is expanding its global TV channel portfolio with the Timeless Drama Channel featuring internationally acclaimed premium series such as Kurt Seyit and Sura, The Uncle in Black, 20 Minutes, The End and many more.


Turkish Drama Channel
 

TDC will broadcast in HD and is now available for distribution in DTH platforms, cable networks, mobile and Smart TV as well as OTT services around the world.

“SPI's brand new Timeless Drama Channel has broad appeal to anyone who loves big budget drama and series, and will captivate your audiences and subscribers,” assures Berk Uziyel, CEO of SPI/FILMBOX. “These shows are now in demand across new territories in Central and Eastern Europe, South Africa, Asia, and Latin America so SPI International is responding to this by offering TV operators a linear HD channel with mesmerizing top quality Turkish series that drive record breaking ratings” Uziyel continues.

Turkish Drama Channel

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SPI International Broadens its Content Reach by Extending its Agreement with Alchimie

SPI and Alchimie have signed an agreement to increase the carriage of the SPI channels FightBox, DocuBox, FilmBox Art House and FashionBox across two new territories – Belgium and Spain from October and December respectively. This agreement allows the linear channels to be accessed on the OTT platform Watch it which is accessible to watch on any device such as mobile, tablets, computers and Smart TV sets.

Two dynamic digital businesses come together to deliver the finest combat sports from around the globe, a collection of captivating documentaries and TV programs, classic movies from the world’s most well-known directors as well as a channel dedicated to all things style and fashion.
 
Alchimie is a content aggregation and dynamic digital distribution company that has evolved the world of multimedia entertainment for the past twelve years with its editorially themes, distributes and promotes subscription channels to a range of digital platforms including its app Watch It. Its expertise in content distribution and monetization drives revenue for rights holders through successfully introducing their content to new audiences.
 
“Our subscribers in France, Germany and Australia have thoroughly enjoyed watching SPI’s channels and content on Watch It, and we’re delighted to extend our agreement both in terms of channels and territories, and we are sure our existing audiences and our new audiences in Spain and Belgium will respond equally enthusiastically,” said Frederic Rossignol, Chief Content Officer.
 
SPI International/Filmbox is a global media company operating more than 30 television channels on five continents. SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. SPI uses the latest technology providing subscribers 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.
 
“We are delighted to be extending our existing partnership with Alchimie in order to bring our content to a millions of digital viewers to enjoy,” mentions Georgina Twiss, Managing Director Southern & Western Europe and Africa at SPI International, “looking forward to continue to work closely together in the future."
  
About Alchimie – Dynamic Digital Distribution
Alchimie has changed the world of multimedia entertainment with its expertise in content distribution and monetization. Alchimie helps content creators and producers earn a fair remuneration through the distribution of their content on all digital channels, by subscription. Whether TV programs, video or games, Alchimie provides and enables access to the most important distribution platforms (Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung, Telecom Operators, etc.). The service offers tools and access to Alchimie’s marketing support allowing content to gain high visibility and be transformed into gold subscriptions.  Alchimie has offices in France, Germany and Australia, and operates in more than 10 countries, covering the main geographical areas. It collaborates with more than 200+ rights owners and manage around €70 million transactions every year. Alchimie’s range of channels across different platforms attract up to 20 million unique visitors each month. www.alchimie.com

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