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SPI International’s FightBox Launches with Canal+ Group in Ethiopia

SPI/FilmBox has struck a distribution deal with Canal+ Group to bring its combat sports entertainment hub FightBox to Ethiopia

SPI/FilmBox and Canal+ Group, a major international Pay TV player operating in 40 countries in Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa, announce the launch of SPI’s combat sports entertainment destination FightBox on the latter’s platform in Ethiopia. FightBox will be offered in the English language and will be available to subscribers in the basic “DESTA” package.

“I am very happy to be supporting Canal+ Group in this new adventure. We have a strong partnership together across many territories and it’s always great to be there at the start of a new platform launch,” commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International. “MMA enthusiasts in Ethiopia can now tune in to some of the most exciting combat sports live events on FightBox with Canal+ and feel the rush of the ring from the comfort of their own homes,” added Twiss.     

FightBox, which is also available to Canal+ subscribers in Myanmar, broadcasts some of the most electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world including Fight Exclusive Night, Cage Fury Fighting Championship, King of Kings Hero’s World Series, Makowski Fighting Championship, Superkombat, Oktagon and more.

“Our new CANAL+ Ethiopia offer combines quality and diversity through popular thematic channels and varied contents. In this context, we are very pleased to bring to the new Ethiopian subscribers FightBox, which perfectly meets their expectations. This unique fight combat sports channel will offer them great moments!” declared Alexandre Gruner, SVP Channels Acquisitions and Partnerships for CANAL+ INTERNATIONAL.

Canal+ Group provides SPI’s linear and on-demand services to its subscribers in many countries globally, including The Netherlands, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Myanmar.
“CANAL+ ETHIOPIA” is a dedicated offer distributed in Ethiopia by BRUH ENTERTAINMENT Plc, an Ethiopian independent company and its distribution network.

 

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 recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear offers 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 Canal+ Group

The CANAL+ Group is a leader in the publishing of premium channels - the CANAL+ channels - and thematic channels as well as in the distribution of pay television offers. Internationally, the CANAL+ Group is experiencing strong growth with a presence in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Pacific. In total, the CANAL+ Group has almost 22 million subscribers worldwide, including 8.6 million in mainland France. With STUDIOCANAL, the CANAL+ Group is also a European leader in the production, acquisition, and distribution of cinema films and TV series. The CANAL+ Group is 100% owned by Vivendi, an international group in the production and creation of content. The CANAL+ Group entered into a distribution agreement with an independent company, BRUH ENTERTAINMENT, for the distribution of CANAL+ETHIOPIA offers in Ethiopia.

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"Countdown" to SPI International’s New Theatrical Release Starring Elizabeth Lail As Cinemas Reopen in Israel

SPI International and Red Cape Distribution partner to bring thriller “Countdown”, starring Elizabeth Lail from Netflix’s popular series YOU, to Israel. The theatrical release which is set for May 27, 2021, marks the expansion of SPI International’s distribution arm in the region.

SPI International continues to expand its distribution arm across the globe. The global media company has partnered with Red Cape Distribution to bring horror/thriller movie “Countdown” to theaters in Israel. The date of the theatrical release is scheduled May 27, 2021. The deal marks SPI International’s first theatrical release in the region and the expansion of the company’s distribution arm.

“Though streaming has gained traction during the pandemic with the entire world consuming content from the comfort of their own homes, the social experience of shared viewing in theaters has proven to be difficult to replicate for entertainment providers. As the theaters in the country are gradually reopening after over a year, we are delighted to make our theatrical distribution debut in Israel with “Countdown” and continue to connect audiences through shared entertainment experiences,” said Alexandra Puiu, Sales Manager at SPI International. “SPI International, one of the leaders in worldwide content distribution, operates in six continents distributing films across many territories and our first theatrical release in Israel signifies the first of many to come for the region in the future,” added Puiu.

When a young nurse downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With time ticking away and death closing in, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out. Produced by STX Films, “Countdown” has accumulated up to $47,621,766 in the Box Office worldwide. The movie features breakthrough talent Elizabeth Lail, star of the hugely popular Netflix series YOU, based on the novels by Caroline Kepnes.

"We are thrilled to partner with SPI to expand our theatrical releases in Israel. After more than 15 months that cinemas were shut down, we feel that young audience are thirsty for entertainment and Countdown is the right "drink" at the right time. We are opening cinemas in Israel with it,” commented Ben Kalifi, CEO at Red Cape Distribution.  

 

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 recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear offers 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 Red Cape Distribution

Red Cape Distribution is a fresh and young distributor in Israel, among their recent releases are Oscar winner Parasite, Rene Zellweger's Judy, STX's Upside and upcoming Studio Canal's Milkshake Powder.

About ErosSTX International

ErosSTX International, a division of Eros STX Global Corporation, is a full-service international film distribution and financing company with direct distribution of both Hollywood and Bollywood content in India, the UK, Ireland and the Middle East. Headquartered in London, the company has formalized an unrivalled network of key output deals with the major market leaders in 25 territories with a reach covering over 150 countries around the world. Embracing the unique opportunities in the international marketplace, the company recently closed an innovative and dynamic distribution output partnership with Amazon in the UK, France and Italy.

ErosSTX International’s successes include distributing both STXfilms’ productions and third-party acquisitions, working with filmmakers including Ridley Scott, Guy Ritchie and Michael Mann, as well as producing partners like Imperative/30West, Thunder Road, Black Label Media, Miramax, and Scott Free.  In addition, ErosSTX International recently entered into an exclusive, multi-year international distribution output deal with leading independent production powerhouse, Black Bear Pictures. The ErosSTX International film slate includes: global box office hit Hustlers, the Bad Moms franchise, Greenland starring Gerard Butler, The Mauritanian starring Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim and Benedict Cumberbatch, Untitled Guy Ritchie Project directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jason Statham, Devotion directed by JD Dillard and starring Glen Powell and Jonathan Majors, and Cop Shop directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Gerard Butler.

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SPI International Brings Over Two-Hundred Premium Titles to the US with Game-Changing Streaming Service Struum

SPI/FilmBox announced that an extensive collection of premium titles from their catalogue will be available to viewers in the US through the first-of-its-kind streaming service Struum, designed to simplify discovery and sampling from across the global streaming landscape through a credit-based system

SPI/FilmBox, which owns and operates multiple linear channels and digital services across the globe, has teamed up with Struum, the new breed of streaming service created by senior-level Disney and Discovery executives, and backed by a multi-million-dollar investment from former Disney CEO Michael Eisner through his Tornante Company. The deal will initially render 280 premium titles spanning blockbusters, evergreen content and award-winning world cinema movies from SPI’s extensive catalogue available to the subscribers of Struum under the FilmBox branded corner.

“Viewing habits have shifted towards digital with audiences finding it increasingly more difficult to discover new content among countless options. At SPI, we are committed to covering the world with premium entertainment through partnerships with innovative platforms such as Struum to make the discovery of quality content easier for viewers,” commented Loni Farhi, President at SPI International.     

Highlights from the deal include: Padre (2016), a touching drama starring Willem Dafoe and Giada Colagrande, where Giulia who is mourning the death of her father, is contacted by him from the other dimension; the critically-acclaimed drama Arima (2019), written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Jaione Camborda and the award-winning Canadian drama Gregoire (2017), which tells the story of four young adults as they struggle to deal with the consequences of their actions and how it affects their friends and families.

“I am looking forward to the cooperation with Struum in the US now and other territories in the future, as I believe that two very dynamic companies like Struum, SVOD start up with its innovative approach to B2C content distribution, and SPI with its innovative way of B2B content aggregation from around the world is the recipe for success. We are delighted to partner with the great team behind Struum and to be a part of the dynamic growth of the platform where SPI provides great family movies, documentaries, unique selection of arthouse masterpieces and more under the FilmBox branded corner,” added Hubert Ornass-Kubacki, Head of Content Sales at SPI International.

Struum’s mission is to streamline streaming by providing viewers one central destination and a single subscription to access a huge array of programming that serves their interests from across the increasingly cluttered global streaming landscape. The platform’s first-of-its kind credit-based subscription model offers the most cost-effective and efficient way for people to sample and discover programming as they spend their monthly credits to unlock only the films and TV episodes they want to watch from dozens of participating services and content partners—without the hassle of navigating and paying for multiple subscription video services.  As viewers continue to use the platform, Struum is also able to provide new programming suggestions from across all of its content partners based on viewing habits so they can easily find new content they might enjoy watching.

The platform is available via iOS, web, Airplay and Chromecast and will be followed by a full rollout of the app later this summer across more platforms including AppleTV, Android TV, Android, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku.

Lauren Devillier, Co-Founder and CEO of Struum, said, “Our goal with Struum is to help viewers uncover many different genres of content seamlessly and in a cost-effective manner.  SPI/FilmBox has an excellent collection that we’re very much looking forward to introducing to U.S. based viewers for the first time.  We are thrilled to have them on the Struum platform.”

 

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 recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear offers 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 Struum:

Struum is a groundbreaking platform that lets viewers access 1000s of shows and movies from over 50+ services with 1 monthly subscription. Struum simplifies streaming by providing viewers access to many of their favorite brands where they can search, seamlessly discover and redeem new content across services using credits. Struum offers a wide variety of programming including renowned documentaries, indie films, lifestyle series, classic films, true crime, LGBTQ+ and multicultural programming, as well as other beloved TV shows and movies.  

For more information, visit www.struum.com

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SPI International’s Filmstream Now Available in 42 European Countries with Rakuten TV

SPI International’s ad-based digital movie service Filmstream is now available in 42 European countries through a new partnership with Rakuten TV. Viewers will be able to access the service for free through Smart TV devices.

Global media company SPI International announces the launch of their ad-based digital movie service Filmstream on Rakuten TV, one of the leading video-on-demand platforms in Europe. Filmstream will initially be available via Rakuten TV in 42 European countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. Viewers will be able to watch Filmstream on Rakuten Smart TV app through Samsung and LG Smart TV devices for free.  

“We are very excited to partner with Rakuten TV, a key partner that shares our vision of making the discovery of quality content easier for the global audience through combining different business models,” commented Berkin Ecevit, Senior Director of Business Development and Sales at SPI International. “Developed with the consumer at the center like all of our products and content solutions, Filmstream’s ad-supported proposition will definitely enhance Rakuten TV’s offering and allow viewers to discover some of the best world cinema movies in one place with no additional commitment required,” added Ecevit.

Filmstream is SPI’s ad-supported digital film service and provides a curated selection of the best critically-acclaimed independent and foreign language movies from all around the world. Filmstream will be available on Rakuten TV in 42 European countries including the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and negotiations to roll-out the product in other parts of the world are underway.    

“We are eager to contribute once again to the disruption of the entertainment industry with this major step on the growth and innovation on Rakuten TV, which aims to enrich our business model and content offer” stated Jacinto Roca, Founder and CEO at Rakuten TV. “At a time when the entertainment sector is living an unprecedented transformation, and consumption habits are constantly evolving, we are striving to adapt our business model to meet users and advertisers needs at once."

 

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 recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear offers 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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