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CANAL+ GROUP TO ACQUIRE MAJORITY STAKE IN SPI INTERNATIONAL

Paris, France, 20th September 2021

CANAL+ will acquire a 70% majority stake in SPI International while keeping the current management team and operational structure in place. 

SPI INTERNATIONAL, a global media company operating 42 TV channels and multiple digital products across six continents, and a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide, is now joining forces with Canal+ Group.

CANAL+ Group is a leading world pay-TV operator and major player in free-to-air television in France. CANAL+ has a wide international footprint with a presence in 40 countries in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. In Europe, CANAL+ has a strong presence in mainland France and Poland and has also acquired the M7 Group platform in 2019. The Group totals 22 million subscribers worldwide and has experienced a continuous growth of its international business in recent years. This acquisition will help CANAL+ to expand its strategy of investing in content and reinforce its offers on its different markets, by relying on European leader Studiocanal, Kino Świat in Poland, and now SPI INTERNATIONAL.

In the context of this agreement, which will enable complementary know-how and skills to be combined, SPI's current owners Loni Farhi & Berk Uziyel will continue to manage and develop SPI’s business with the support of their executive committee, while the parties will be able to generate reciprocal synergies to further strengthen the two groups’ presence in the international markets.

In a joint statement, Loni Farhi & Berk Uziyel, underlined: “It is very exciting news and the start of a new era for SPI INTERNATIONAL. CANAL+ and SPI share a common vision for continuous growth and a strong international presence. We have been strategic partners for years, where we have built a great tradition of collaborations and achieving mutual goals. Now we will have the chance to join forces under one roof. SPI will further accelerate its growth with CANAL+ while leveraging natural synergies. SPI INTERNATIONAL has an amazingly talented team that has produced incredible growth in the last decade. Now, with this great team and with much enthusiasm, we are delighted to become part of the CANAL+ family. Our joined forces will strengthen the existing entertainment products and expand the distribution of our compelling content to far larger audiences.

For Maxime Saada, CEO of CANAL+ Group: “The acquisition of SPI INTERNATIONAL is  part of the strategy we have been implementing for several years. CANAL+ currently has 22 million subscribers in over 40 countries, including 15 in Europe. We have set ourselves the goal of reaching a minimum of 30 million subscribers by 2025, and SPI INTERNATIONAL will certainly be a key asset in achieving this ambition.”

Jacques du Puy, CEO of CANAL+ International said: “We are very pleased to welcome SPI to our group. This acquisition marks a new strategic step for the development of our European contents. It will be a great opportunity to develop new synergies and businesses for our activities, especially in the Polish market and in the Central and Eastern European countries where CANAL+ operates through M7 brands.”

The completion of the transaction is, of course, subject to the approval of the relevant regulatory authorities in the territories concerned (including in particular the authorities responsible for antitrust and merger control).

About CANAL+ GROUP

CANAL+ Group is a leading media company and pay-TV operator. It is also a leading player in French free-to-air television. CANAL+ Group has a wide international footprint with a presence in Europe, Africa and Asia. CANAL+ Group totals 21.8 million subscribers worldwide, including 8.7 million in mainland France. With STUDIOCANAL and KINO SWIAT, CANAL+ Group is also a European leader in the production, acquisition and distribution of feature films and TV series. CANAL+ Group is wholly-owned by worldwide integrated content, media and communication group, Vivendi.

About SPI INTERNATIONAL

SPI INTERNATIONAL is a global media company operating 42 TV channels, multiple digital products across six continents, and a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide.

SPI was founded 28 years ago and has extensive experience in the TV and broadcasting industry. The company operates multiple free-to-air and pay-TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, CIS and Ex-Yugo regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia, the Netherlands and Russia. SPI is one of the premier movie service providers in the countries where it operates, with FilmBox being its flagship movie service. SPI Group owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services. 

SPI’s brands reach millions of households through operators, partner platforms and SPI’s own digital products globally. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting-edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content and FilmBox+ service that has over one million subscribers. The company recently launched a new digital service, Dizi, a state-of-the-art aggregator of the best Turkish series worldwide. SPI also owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels and an on-demand service.

For over 25 years, SPI INTERNATIONAL has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international markets. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

For more information please contact: marketing@spiintl.com 


 

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SPI/FilmBox and Unitel T+ Bring An Extensive Bouquet of Channels to Cape Verde

SPI International’s FilmBox Arthouse, Gametoon and more are now available to Unitel T+ subscribers in Cape Verde in the Medium and Max packages.  

SPI International and telecommunications operator Unitel T+ announce that a broad selection of channels from SPI’s portfolio is now available to Unitel T+ subscribers in Cape Verde in two different packages. Unitel T+ subscribers can access FilmBox Arthouse, 360 TuneBox, FightBox and Gametoon in the Max package and the rest of the offers Fast&FunBox and FashionBox – in the Medium package.  

“We are delighted to collaborate with a partner such as Unitel T+ who value providing their customers with strong content that caters to a variety of tastes and needs,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International. “The bouquet of channels included in the deal delivers hundreds of hours of entertaining content that will appeal to movie lovers, gamers, fashion, music, adrenaline and MMA sports enthusiasts,” added Twiss.

The channels included in the deal are: SPI’s well-curated arthouse movie channel FilmBox Arthouse, which brings world cinema classics from iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini and many others to cinema lovers. Gametoon which is dedicated to gaming content created by true gaming and esports enthusiasts; FightBox broadcasts some of the most electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world; Fast&FunBox offers action-packed programming dedicated to adrenaline sports; FashionBox provides highly entertaining content on fashion trends and all things style, and 360 TuneBox presents new music every week with today’s emerging artists.

“On August 17th, Unitel T+ presented to the Cape Verdean market its television service, Casa+ TV.  Unitel's proposal is to revolutionize the concept of television in Cape Verde. With many features and multiscreen, CASA+ TV is the greatest gamble of this telecommunications operator,” said Mrs. Ércia Paim, Marketing Director at Unitel T+

 

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company that’s active on six continents with a diverse portfolio of 42 television channels, multiple digital services and worldwide content distribution operations. SPI was founded 30 years ago and has extensive experience in the TV and broadcasting industry. The company operates multiple free to air and pay TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, CIS and Ex-Yugo regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia, the Netherlands and Russia. SPI is one of the premier movie service providers in the countries where it operates, with FilmBox being its flagship movie service. SPI Group owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services. 
 
SPI’s brands reach millions of households through operators, partner platforms and SPI’s own digital products globally. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content and FilmBox+ service that has over one million subscribers. The company recently launched a new digital service, Dizi, a state-of-the-art aggregator of the best Turkish series worldwide. SPI also owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels and an on-demand service.
 
For over 30 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international markets. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

 

About Unitel T+

UNITEL T+ has been present in Cape Verde for 12 years. It has made known its concern of being present and making the signal reach every corner of the country by making significant investment in the building of its infrastructure and network to extend its reach and quality of service. It has worked hard and has made strong investments. It is the leader of the Internet segment and holds 49% of the market share while the competition holds 47% and the others 4% belongs to the other Internet service providers. It has become a global company with differentiated and valuable offers for private business and residential segments. Unitel T+ states that its strong positioning in these segments is due to the fact that it is the solution because it has what our customers in any segment need.

 

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SPI International Launches Their New Dizi Streaming Service

SPI International launches their Dizi app, a new streaming service that brings some of the best series from major producers. The service will be available globally and accessible through the web at dizi.com, mobile devices and Smart TVs. 

Global media company SPI International unveils their new digital streaming service, Dizi, which will offer a selection of critically-acclaimed Turkish series as well as the best series, telenovelas and soap operas from all over the world depending on the demands of the local markets. Dubbed the Home of Good Stories, Dizi combines the lean-back and lean-forward viewing experiences with a linear channel offer and a large selection of on-demand content. Subscribers can access the service at www.dizi.com via web, mobile devices and Smart TVs. Dizi service also aims to integrate with many platforms and partner operators worldwide to provide their subscribers a seamless entertainment experience and the option to discover new series on demand. 

“The launch of the Dizi streaming service signifies the evolution of the Dizi brand into a fully integrated service that combines linear and on-demand content propositions to bring the best series from Turkey and beyond to all available screens around the globe,” comments Berk Uziyel, CEO at SPI International. “As a part of SPI’s macro strategy, we offer good movies spanning all genres under one roof via FilmBox’s Home of Good Movies. Now with our Dizi brand, we introduce the Home of Good Stories, where in addition to some of the most sought-after Turkish series, viewers can expect to see top-quality series with powerful storylines from around the world in the future,” adds Uziyel.  

SPI International started their Dizi journey back in 2019 with the launch of their Timeless Drama Channel (TDC), which later on adopted the name Timeless Dizi Channel. The channel, which offers over 600 hours of critically-acclaimed Turkish series from major producers, quickly rose to success, reaching over 8 million households in 50 countries - and counting. 

The service’s global debut will take place this week at a NEM Dubrovnik event. In reference to the new product, SPI's Chief Marketing Officer Haymi Behar says: “The Dizi app builds on the success of the Timeless Dizi Channel and features around 400 hours of content from an inventory of critically-acclaimed series such as Black Money Love, Kurt Seyit & Shura and Insider with new episodes added monthly. The app will feature English, Polish and Spanish localized interfaces and 13 language options and more will be added in time. The Dizi service will both enable viewers to tune into the linear channel and watch episodes on-demand through their preferred devices at their leisure.” 

Subscribers can access the service at www.dizi.com via web, download the mobile app that’s compatible with iOS and Android operating systems or stream their favorite content through the Smart TV app that’s available for Apple TV and soon-to-come for Android TV, Samsung and LG Smart TV devices. Dizi service also aims to integrate with many platforms and partner operators worldwide to provide their subscribers a seamless entertainment experience and the option to discover new series on demand. 

 

About SPI International

SPI International/FilmBox is a global media company operating a diverse portfolio of 42 television channels and digital services on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship movie service, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 90 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox service on any internet-connected device via major global streaming players as well as local OTT providers. SPI owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels and an on-demand service.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier 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. 

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SPI International’s FilmBox Launches with DELTA and Caiway in the Netherlands

SPI International’s FilmBox is available to Caiway and DELTA subscribers in the Netherlands starting September 1st 2021

In a move that marks the expansion of SPI’s FilmBox brand in the Netherlands, the global media company announces the launch of FilmBox with the Dutch telecommunications provider DELTA Fiber. Starting September 1st 2021, Caiway subscribers can access FilmBox at channel 22 and DELTA subscribers at channel 34 in the regular channel packages.

“We are excited to provide our viewers in the Netherlands with our curated selection of movies and series on FilmBox and proud to add DELTA Fiber as the second leading operator to our list of distributors - having launched on Canal Digitaal already,” commented Jeroen Bergman, General Manager, Film1 and FilmBox Netherlands.

FilmBox delivers a compelling slate of Hollywood movies, favorite evergreens and popular series to over 30 million households globally. Content highlights for the month of September include: Academy Award-winning historical drama ZERO DARK THIRTY; crime drama TERMINAL (2018) starring Academy Award-nominated Margot Robbie and comedy EVERYBODY WANTS SOME (2016) directed by the Academy Award-nominated director Richard Linklater.

SPI International has been active in the Dutch pay-tv market with their thematic brands, and more recently with the premium movie services brand Film1, which operates four linear channels and on-demand services in the region. DELTA Fiber brands currently carry all four Film1 channels and Film1 VOD content.

 

About SPI International

SPI International/FilmBox is a global media company operating a diverse portfolio of 42 linear channels and digital services on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship movie service, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 90 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox service on any internet-connected device via major global streaming players as well as local OTT providers. SPI owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels and an on-demand service.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier 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.

 

About DELTA Fiber

DELTA Fiber is one of the fastest growing fiber companies in the Netherlands. About 900,000 addresses throughout the Netherlands are already connected to the DELTA Fiber network, with around 20,000 new connections being added every month. DELTA Fiber's ambition is to provide as many households and companies as possible with access to fast internet. And to grow to 2 million connections by 2025.

DELTA Fiber is owned by the Swedish investment company EQT. Under the DELTA and Caiway brands, the company provides internet at gigabit speeds, interactive TV and fixed and mobile telephony to both consumers and businesses. More than a thousand employees work at DELTA Fiber.

 

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