Warner Bros. International Television Distribution Signs Long-Term Free Television Output Deal with Televisa
(December 6, 2005 - Burbank, CA & Mexico City) - Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) has signed a long-term free television output deal with Mexico’s largest commercial television broadcaster Grupo Televisa, it was announced today by Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television and Alberto Ciurana, Televisa’s VP of Programming.
The deal, which was negotiated on behalf of WBITD by John Garcia, Vice President & General Manager, Latin America, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, covers the free television rights to Warner Bros.’ feature film output (including such films as “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Matrix Reloaded,” “Batman Begins,” “ Troy” and “Scooby Doo,” to name a few), the renewal of television series currently under license (including “ER,” “Cold Case,” “Without a Trace,” “Smallville,” “Nip/Tuck,” “The O.C.” and “One Tree Hill,” to name a few), new series for Televisa (including “Sopranos,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Supernatural” and “War at Home,” among others), and animated series (including “Teen Titans,” “The Batman,” “Justice League Unlimited,” “What New Scooby Doo,” “Mucha Lucha,” “Baby Looney Tunes,” “Powerpuff Girls” and “Samurai Jack.” The product will air on Televisa’s networks.
“We’ve long had a relationship with WB and we look forward to entertain our audiences with such great product and with this long term agreement in place we both can focus on expanding our relationship in other venues” said Alberto Ciurana.
Warner Bros. International Television Distribution is one of the world’s largest distributors of feature films, television programs and animation to the international television marketplace (broadcast, pay cable, basic cable, satellite, pay-per-view, video-on-demand, digital platforms, etc.). It licenses some 48,000 hours of programming (including more than 6,000 features and 74 current series), dubbed or subtitled in more than 40 languages, to telecasters and cablecasters in more than 175 countries.
Grupo Televisa, S.A. is the largest media company in the Spanish world and a major player in the international entertainment business. It has interests in television production and broadcasting, programming for pay television, international distribution of television programming, direct-to-home satellite services, publishing and publishing distribution, cable television, radio production and broadcasting, professional sports and show business promotions, paging services, feature film production and distribution, dubbing, and the operation of a horizontal internet portal. Grupo Televisa also has an unconsolidated equity stake in Univision, the leading Spanish language television company in the United States.
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