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Timeless Drama Channel Launched In Albania In Partnership With Digit-Alb

The most popular Turkish Dramas have arrived in the form of full feature TV channel in Albanian for all Digit-Alb subscribers. Timeless Drama Channel (TDC) is dedicated to people of all ages who love the drama genre and want to watch high-quality and critically-praised shows. Timeless Drama Channel offers hundreds of hours of internationally acclaimed programs from major Turkish producers.

“I am proud to announce the launch of one of our most popular channels, Timeless Drama Channel, in Albania; this agreement is a new milestone for SPI/FilmBox and our partner Digit-Alb. We are confident that Timeless Drama Channel will be immensely popular amongst Digit-Alb subscribers,” said Mr. Murat Muratoğlu, Head of Distribution for the Middle East, Ex-Yugo, Baltic States, Bulgaria, Greece, India, Turkey, CIS Countries, APAC at SPI International. 

“It is a great pleasure to announce our new agreement with SPI/FilmBox. We are sure that Timeless Drama Channel will quickly gain maximum popularity and our audience will enjoy the excellent production and broadcasting quality of its programs,” said Mrs. Vjollca Hoxha, Co-CEO of Digit-Alb

"We are thrilled to welcome SPI’s Timeless Drama Channel into our fantastic TV Bouquet. By adding Timeless Drama Channel’s unmatched quality programs to our roster, we are re-affirming Digit-Alb’s reputation as the screen of the best regional channels,” said Mr. Arben Taipi, Co-CEO of Digit-Alb.

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 Digit-Alb

Digit-Alb is the biggest Albanian Pay-TV platform and content provider with an extended presence in Kosovo. Operating very popular In-House Thematic Channels, National and Regional TV Channels and well known International Channels, Digit-Alb is the definition of Pay-TV among the Albanian Speaking audience in the region. 

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Emily Lara (Glo Creative)
emily@glocreative.com

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FunBox UHD Inked The First 4K Channel Distribution Agreement In Latvia With AS Balticom

AS Balticom subscribers will now have access to SPI/FilmBox’s Ultra High Definition channel, FunBox UHD

Cannes, France, April 11, 2019 -- SPI/FilmBox expanded their channel distribution agreement with AS Balticom, one of the most important Internet, Digital TV and Telecom service providers in Latvia. In addition to FilmBox Baltic, FilmBox Arthouse, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, DocuBox, Erox, and Gametoon, AS Balticom subscribers will have access to FunBox UHD as well.

“I’m proud to announce SPI’s 4K channel distribution agreement in the Baltic region with our key partner AS Balticom. This expanded distribution agreement includes our thematic channel FunBox UHD” said Murat Muratoğlu, Head of Distribution for Middle East, Ex-Yugo, Baltic States, Bulgaria, Greece, India, Turkey, CIS Countries, APAC at SPI International. “AS Balticom subscribers will be entertained with our premium native HD content in addition to movies, TV series, nature, travel, and arts and culture content, all broadcasted in Ultra High Definition” continued Mr. Muratoğlu.

“In 2014, 4K TVs entered the European market. They were equipped with good acoustics, great design and HEVC codec that allowed viewers to fully enjoy high-resolution images. When they finally reached the Latvian market, a rather logical question arose – what channels can you watch in that supreme quality? Well, in 2014 the answer was clear – none. It took another 4 years for ULTRA HD channels to appear in Latvia. Today, it is a great joy for us to bring television viewing for the Latvian public to a higher level together with SPI International/FilmBox," said Dmitry Smirnov, Head of Commercial Department, AS Balticom.  

AS Balticom is the first telecommunications provider in Latvia that has officially launched channel broadcasting in ULTRA HD quality. The expanded partnership with SPI/FilmBox gives AS Balticom’s subscribers the option to order and enjoy hundreds of hours of UHD content. FunBox UHD will be available with no extra cost to AS Balticom’s Digital TV subscribers and 4K TV users. 

Subscribers will explore breathtaking places, meet extraordinary people and see incredible cultural events like never before on FunBox UHD.  This is a new state-of-art TV channel featuring breathtaking visual content which delivers the ultimate Ultra HD experience.

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 1400 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 AS Balticom
AS Balticom was founded in 1999 and currently is one of the biggest Digital TV, Internet and Telecom providers in Latvia. Over the past years more than 5,3 million EUR were invested in the construction works of its own optical Internet network. The friendly service of 170 employees is already delivering great entertainment content to over 55,000 customers. The company has successfully implemented both B2B and B2C services. AS Balticom is constantly expanding, learning and searching for new ways to become a game changer in the telecommunication industry.
www.balticom.lv 

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Emily Lara (Glo Creative)
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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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