Thema America Joins Forces with SPI International for Latin America
Thema America, a Canal+ group company, announced today that it has reached a strategic agreement with SPI International for representation and distribution of its channels in Latin America. The agreement is part of Canal+'s global expansion plans and comes as a result of the purchase and definitive acquisition of SPI International last year. The alliance will allow Thema America to represent and distribute the channels in SPI International's content portfolio throughout the region, including FunBox UHD, FilmBox Arthouse, Gametoon, FightBox, DocuBox, Fast&FunBox, FashionBox, Erox, Eroxxx, and 360TuneBox.
“We are thrilled to grow our thematic channel offering through this alliance with SPI International to represent and distribute its renowned channels throughout Latin America,” said Carlos Fernandez, CEO of Thema America. “Joining the forces of such a strong sister company to Canal+, which has 25 years of experience in the international distribution of film and television content, will allow us to expand our business and strengthen our brand presence, while we expand our television entertainment offering to a market of some 600 million viewers in this region.”
SPI International is a global media company with extensive experience in channels management and curation, currently operating 57 feeds across 69 countries. The company also has over 800 operators as business partners and around 90 million subscribers worldwide, making it a key player in television distribution and broadcasting worldwide.
“We are excited to deepen our collaboration with Thema's seasoned team, expanding from the Asia Pacific to Latin America, introducing a curated catalogue of channels tailored for diverse tastes to new audiences. This strategic partnership with another Canal+ company, opens up exciting new horizons to broaden the reach of our content in the region,” commented Murat Muratoglu, Head of Distribution at SPI International.
The diverse portfolio of channels that Thema America will represent and offer to its business partners in the region includes FilmBox Arthouse, a commercial-free channel dedicated entirely to classic cinema and the best of contemporary arthouse cinema. The channel presents the greatest successes of international cinema, including great titles by well-known directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, and Fellini, among many others.
Following a worldwide trend, Thema America now brings Gametoon to its Latin American audience. This is a very attractive channel for new generations and video game lovers. Around 70% of Gametoon's content is exclusive. The channel offers news from the world of video games and the best tips and tricks from renowned gamers and YouTubers. In addition, it features key tournaments, and programs designed for players of all ages. The channel has more than a million fans on social media.
With approximately 1,000 hours of programming, FightBox is dedicated to fighting events. It offers exclusive content, live events, and weekly programming in some 30 combat disciplines, including MMA, boxing, wrestling, karate, kickboxing, taekwondo, capoeira, judo and jiu-jitsu, among other sports. On the other hand, Fast&FunBox is dedicated to the excitement of car racing, motocross, watercross, and extreme sports such as base jumping and skydiving. In addition, lovers of winter sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding, among others, will be able to enjoy the excitement of the world championships in the comfort of home.
DocuBox, as its name suggests, is a documentary channel, which focuses on nature, wildlife, culture, historical figures, travel, science, and the environment. In the same vein, Thema America will also offer FunBox UHD, the only ultra HD channel that features varied content on nature, travel, lifestyle, performing arts, music, and movies. And for fashion-loving viewers, Thema America will add FashionBox, a fashion and style channel, which covers the latest trends and tips in beauty, makeup, and fashion, and which presents exclusive broadcasts from the trendiest catwalks and exclusive fashion boutiques.
Additionally, Thema America's alliance with SPI International includes representation and distribution of adult-themed channels Erox HD and Eroxxx HD for Latin American audiences. The distribution of these channels must comply with local regulations to safeguard young audiences.
Finally, for music lovers, it has added 360TuneBox, a channel that organizes its music content by genre and is a home for independent creations by exceptional artists.
For more information about the SPI International thematic channel offerings that THEMA will be representing and distributing in Latin America, we invite you to visit https://www.thematv.com
About Thema America
THEMA, a Canal+ group company, a leader in the distribution of thematic and multicultural content across all platforms for MVPD (multichannel distributor of video programming), has a diverse portfolio of more than 180 channels worldwide. THEMA America's portfolio includes, among others: Kanal D Drama in association with Kanal D International; MEZZO Live HD; a channel of the Canal+ group; serving Hispanic communities in the U.S., Mexico's leading channels, Once Mexico and Canal 22 Internacional; and the Dominican channel Telemicro International, among others.
About SPI INTERNATIONAL
SPI INTERNATIONAL (a CANAL+ company) is a global media company operating TV channels, multiple digital products across six continents, and is a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide. SPI operates multiple free-to-air and pay-TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, Asia, and Adria regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia and the Netherlands. SPI International 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, including FilmBox+. Working with over 800 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting-edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content. 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. www.spiintl.com