SPI International and MSR Media Co-Production “My Dad’s Christmas Date” Premieres on FilmBox Channels in Multiple Territories and on Film1 in the Netherlands

SPI International announces that “My Dad’s Christmas Date”, their holiday themed co-production with MSR Media, Goldfinch and Highfield Grange Studios starring Jeremy Piven, will premiere on FilmBox channels across many territories worldwide and on Film1 in the Netherlands in December 2020

SPI International is thrilled to announce that their co-production My Dad’s Christmas Date, a heartfelt holiday themed romantic comedy starring Jeremy Piven, will launch on FilmBox Premium, FilmBox Extra and FilmBox channels across multiple territories including Poland, Romania, Hungary, Czechia and Slovakia, Ex-Yugo, the Middle East, Bulgaria, Russia and the Baltics in December. Subscribers to the Film1 on-demand and linear services in the Netherlands will also be able to watch the movie starting December 12th, 2020. In addition, My Dad’s Christmas Date will be available on-demand through various platforms in Poland, Hungary, Czechia and Slovakia, Romania, Turkey, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.  

“We launched SPI International’s production arm last year and we are working at full speed on our various exciting co-productions together with our dear friend Philippe Martinez,” said Loni Farhi, President of SPI International. “We are delighted to share the heartwarming story of David and Jules with a global audience of millions at a time when we all need to be reminded of what matters the most in life: hope, family and love,” added Farhi.

Directed by Mick Davis and starring Jeremy Piven, Olivia-Mai Barrett, Hadar Cats, Megan Brown Martinez, Nathalie Cox, Roger Ashton-Griffiths and Joely Richardson, My Dad’s Christmas Date tells the story of David, a single dad living with his 16-year-old daughter Jules, in York. Around Christmas time, 2 years after the untimely death of her mom, Jules decides to take matters into her own hands and find her father a girlfriend by signing him up to multiple dating platforms without his knowledge. All they each need for Christmas is love but this is easier said than done as Jules discovers when her plans begin to unravel with hilarious consequences.

My Dad’s Christmas Date will premiere in December on the following channels: FilmBox Premium in Poland, Romania, Hungary, Czechia and Slovakia and Ex-Yugo; FilmBox in the Middle East, Russia and the Baltics, and on FilmBox Extra in Bulgaria. In addition, the movie will drop on Film1 Premiere on December 12th 2020 in the Netherlands, and subscribers to Film1 will be able to watch the movie on-demand from that point on.

My Dad’s Christmas Date is a great accomplishment for our first film co-produced with SPI International. This delightful Christmas story is the perfect film to give audiences a warm feeling in these challenging times.  Jeremy’s performance is just superbe and the best gift for this Christmas,” commented Philippe Martinez, Producer at MSR Media.  

My Dad’s Christmas Date is an SPI International co-production produced by Philippe Martinez of MSR Media in collaboration with Alan Latham of Highfield Grange Studios. The film’s financial partner is Kirsty Bell from Goldfinch, who serves as Executive Producer alongside MSR Media’s Lee Beasley and Karinne Behr.


About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 42 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 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 65+ 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 recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

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. 


MSR Media is a boutique film and television production company based in York, England lead by Producer Philippe Martinez and Managing Director Lee Beasley. The company is uniquely positioned to create content suited to today’s exciting market: commercially viable film and television projects with very high production values, bankable lead actors, yet economically sound budgets.

MSR Media has strategic international distribution partnerships through their international sales arm MSR Media International, a boutique-style, dynamic international sales company focusing on commercial feature films and television series for audiences around the world.

Headquartered in the US with offices in the UK. MSR Media International’s commercially driven principals have years of experience in the film industry, uniquely bringing together finance, production and marketing skills to the company. MSR Media International fully understands the international sales market and assists and advises content producers on script development, production, finance and crucially, the effective marketing campaign for the project to our long-standing buyers.