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Majority SPI Owned Kino Polska TV SA Capital Group Reports 41.6 mln PLN In Operating Profit For 2018

Cannes, France, April 10, 2019 -- Kino Polska TV SA Capital Group (“the Group”, “the KPTV”) has released its 2018 annual report. In the period of January through December 2018 the Group reported* 149.2 mln PLN in revenue from sales (a 21% year over year increase) attributing the result to the incorporation of Stopklatka SA and performance of the FilmBox channels and Zoom TV. The revenue increase boosted the Group’s operating profit from primary activity to 23.6 mln PLN and 18.1 mln PLN net income after removal of the cost of shares in Stopklatka SA (17.9 mln PLN). The KPTV Group has ended 2018 with an operating profit of 41.6 mln PLN (vs. 21.2 mln PLN reported for 2017).

Kino Polska TV SA Capital Group in 2018:

149.2 mln PLN in sales revenue (123.3 mln PLN in the previous year;  a 21% year over year increase), due primarily to the consolidation of revenues generated by Stopklatka SA from the beginning of the third quarter 2018 and to the strong performances of FilmBox and Zoom TV networks.

41.6 mln PLN in operating profit (a 96% increase year over year) – 23.6 mln PLN in operating profit from primary activity (11% increase year on year) excluding the share appraisal effect for Stopklatka SA.

Nearly 36 mln PLN net income (a 126% increase year on year) – 18.1 mln PLN (a 13% increase year on year) excluding the share appraisal effect for Stopklatka SA.

The Group announced that the FilmBox movie channels and thematic channels achieved 12% growth in revenues from operations in Poland as well as across several foreign markets: Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, former Yugo countries and the Middle East. Zoom TV contributed significantly to the improved result with 12.2 mln PLN in revenues with an increase of 88% over 2017 (value increase of 5.7 mln PLN).

In 2018 the Group incorporated the results of Stopklatka into its financial report (Stopklatka TV's results have been fully consolidated since Q3 2018). On June 14, 2018 Kino Polska TV SA took over Stopklatka SA and now owns 97.76% of the company's shares.

In 2018 Stopklatka TV segment generated 14.5 mln PLN in advertising sales. In its previous annual reports KPTV Group only presented its share of the Stopklatka's net result.

“We will continue working on development across foreign markets and on strengthening of the Group's position in Poland through the growing customer base in the Premium segment (FilmBox brand). Our goal remains to become the fifth largest media group in Poland in terms of audience share. We are seeking to reach an audience share at the 3% level within the commercial group” - said Boguslaw Kisielewski, Chairman of Kino Polska TV SA.

Kino Polska TV SA Group reported operating profit of 41.6 mln PLN for the 12-month period which ended on December 31, 2018 (a 96% increase year on year) and nearly 36 mln PLN profit from continuing activity (126% increase year on year). The improved results over 2017 were mainly due to the recognition of gains from the assessment of the value of the Stopklatka, SA shares in the amount of 17.9 mln PLN. When removing the effect of the recognition of such gains, the operating results would be 11% higher than in 2017 mainly due to improved results in the following segments:  Zoom TV, Kino Polska networks, FilmBox and thematic channels.

The EBITDA reported for 2018 was 61.8 mln PLN (increase of 32% year on year) which also reflects the positive results of the Zoom TV segment, the Kino Polska segment as well as FilmBox and thematic channels.

*Kino Polska TV SA’s Annual Report was originally released on March 21, 2019.

About KPTV SA Group:

Kino Polska TV S.A. is a modern, fast developing media group which aspires to become the leading player in the Eastern and Central European market. The Groups’ main business branches are: broadcasting and production of TV channels, distribution, publishing activity, film production, services for the reconstruction and archiving of digital works of Polish cinematography and Internet. The Group's channel portfolio includes: Kino Polska, Kino Polska Muzyka, FilmBox channels (with Kino TV), Zoom TV and Stopklatka TV.

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SPI to Start Co-Producing With Phillipe Martinez In 2019

Cannes, France, April 9, 2019 – For over 30 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. Not one to rest on its laurels, SPI is going into movie and TV series production. A newly inked partnership with world renowned movie director and producer Phillipe Martinez, promises to be a very powerful alliance.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to announce our partnership with director and producer Phillipe Martinez. Together we are producing three movies and a brand new TV series in 2019,” said Loni Farhi, President of SPI International. “SPI is investing in products and programs that will speak to and delight audiences worldwide” continued Mr. Farhi.

The partnership calls for four TV series productions, including “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, production for the series started in March. The story plot is action-packed, with visually arresting combat scenes and gripping narratives. Salvage Marine is produced in partnership with Jamie Thompson and Jake Seal from Village Studios in Louisiana, USA.

“Mister Mayfair” is a blockbuster trilogy that will resonate with movie goers of all ages who appreciate smart storytelling, adventure, crime plots, revenge, intense fight scenes and insane car chasing sequences. Starring Armand Assante, Steven Bauer, and Ken Davitian, “Mister Mayfair” is a story about Max Mitchell, a former New York gangster, living the good life in Mayfair, London. The arrival of his unknown granddaughter bearing stories of his past as a safe-cracking New York gangster will turn his life upside-down. This movie trilogy will deliver in spades to anyone looking for a story centered around a man trying to escape his dark past. You can expect clever plot twists, a face-off between the American Mafia and Russians mobsters, acts of betrayal, passion and survival. Mister Mayfair directed by Philippe Martinez and produced in partnership with British producer Alan Latham and Kirsty Bell’s Goldfinch Studios. 

Last but not least is “The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud” starring Scott Adkins and Tommy Flanagan. The story is about a space cruiser that crashes on a planet that is home to an intergalactic prison - one can only imagine what follows. The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud is sci-fi action-comedy at its best. The movie is  produced by Goldfinch Studios.

About SPI International
SPI International is a global media company operating 36 television channels on six continents. SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world, FilmBox being its flagship channel. 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 has been distributing theatrical films and television programming worldwide. 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 
Emily Lara (Glo Creative)

emily@glocreative.com

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First Global Turkish Drama Channel Officially Starts Broadcasting

Cannes, France, April 07, 2019 – SPI/FilmBox announces the launch of the first global Turkish drama channel, Timeless Drama Channel (TDC). TDC is now broadcasting worldwide. The company has inked ten initial deals with various operators making the channel available in over one million homes.

Timeless Drama Channel is the first Turkish Drama Channel to make a global debut. The channel was created in partnership with Ay Yapim, one of Turkey’s top producers and creator of many award winning Turkish TV series. Timeless Drama Channel has over 800 hours of fresh content including  8 globally acclaimed Turkish TV series: Karadayi, Black Money Love, 20 Minutes, Kurt Seyit & Shura, Moms and Mothers, Red Scarf, Five Brothers and The End.

TDC is proud to share the talents of the brilliant, popular and respected Turkish actors Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Berguzar Korel, Farah Zeynep Abdullah, Kenan İmirzalıoğlu, Tuba Büyüküstün along with many others with a worldwide audience in these award winning drama series.

"The launch of Timeless Drama Channel will be a game changer in the global TV industry. it will build the global success of Turkish Dramas and will connect with audiences all over the world,” said Berk Uziyel, CEO at SPI International. “In a short amount of time, Turkey has become the second biggest TV series exporter in the world and Timeless Drama Channel is the first channel dedicated to Turkish dramas that will be broadcasted globally. We are certain that it will reach millions of drama genre lovers all over the world and contribute immensely to the growth of the Turkish TV drama series industry" continued Mr. Uziyel.

 The channel will be initially broadcasted in 10 languages including Bulgarian, Romanian, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, Albanian, and Arabic with English subtitles.The channel is available throughout Europe on the EUTELSAT 16A satellite. SPI/FilmBox signed broadcast agreements with six operators: Kujtesa and Ipko Kosovo, Digit-Alb and RTL Albania, A1 Croatia and A1 Macedonia. In the near future the channel will be broadcasted with multiple operators in MENA and APAC, Baltics and CIS, stay tuned.

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 36 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.

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 
Emily Lara (Glo Creative)
emily@glocreative.com

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Alchimie to Distribute FightBox HD In Its OTT Service ‘Watch It’

The expanded agreement will allow the OTT platform Watch It to carry the SPI/FilmBox channel FightBox HD in Switzerland and Austria. Watch It subscribers in both countries will be able to enjoy FightBox HD on any device such as mobile, tablets, computers and Smart TV sets.

Alchimie/Watch It subscribers in Switzerland and Austria will have access to some of the most exciting combat sports programs worldwide. FightBox HD delivers live broadcast of some of the most electrifying live events such as KOK World Series and RXF MMA Championship, and MFC Makowski Fighting Championship 

“We are proud to announce that our expanded agreement which currently includes France, the UK, Germany, Spain and Belgium, will now bring FightBox HD to Switzerland and Austria. Alchimie understands the power of live sports and exclusive coverage such as King of Kings and now even more Watch It subscribers will enjoy some of the most competitive and exciting live events and mixed martial arts coverage programs all over the world,” said Georgina Twiss Managing Director Western Europe & Africa at SPI International. 

“Mixed Martial Arts has significantly increased in popularity over recent years, and there is a real demand for high quality OTT international MMA programming.  SPI’s FightBox content shows all aspects of this discipline, from training to live events. Alchimie is very pleased to be able to bring MMA and other combat sports on FightBox  to our Swiss and Austrian subscribers via our streaming service Watch It”, said Timothee Vidal, Chief Entertainment and Distribution Officer at Alchimie. 

FightBox HD is a unique worldwide channel presenting a compilation of the finest combat and martial art sports from around the world all on one channel. It brings the best live events of the most exciting fights worldwide. FightBox HD is a true guide to all styles of martial arts for all those who like to watch and learn. 

About SPI International
SPI International is a global media company operating 36 television channels on six continents. SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world, FilmBox being its flagship channel. 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.

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 Alchimie
Alchimie has changed the world of multimedia entertainment with its expertise in content distribution and monetization. The company has a sizeable library of 17,000 hours of content, and partners with content creators and producers from all over Europe to drive fair remuneration through distribution via Alchimie’s portfolio of 150 subscription OTT channels across four languages. Whether TV programs, video or games, Alchimie provides access to over 30 digital distribution platforms inc. Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung, Telecom Operators, via it’s channels and popular Watch It! platform. Channels are actively and dynamically promoted by Alchimie to gain high visibility for both the content and channels, and to attract new subscribers. Alchimie’s channels include, Humanity, FightClub, Stingray Karaoke, Big Name, Speed & Race, Moods and Okidoki With offices in France, Germany and Australia, Alchimie employs over 100 people and now operates in more than 10 countries. It collaborates with more than 200+ rights owners and its range of channels across different platforms attract up to 2 million unique visitors each month www.alchimie.com

For more information contact:
SPI International/FILMBOX 
Emily Lara (Glo Creative)
emily@glocreative.com

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