Chello Zone Acquires More Than 550 Hours Of Film And Television Programming In Licensing Deal With Warner Bros. International Television Distribution
London - Multi-channel operator Chello Zone has acquired rights to a wide selection of television series, miniseries and feature films from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD), it was announced today by Steve Cole, Senior Vice President, Channels at Chello Zone, and Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television.
The multi-title deal, which includes more than 550 hours of programming supplied by WBITD, will see a diverse range of popular programs and Hollywood movies heading for three of Chello Zone’s UK channels: Zone Romantica, Zone Thriller and Zone Horror.
Zone Thriller, the high-tension home of suspense films and series, has picked up a slew of titles, including The Bourne Identity miniseries John Grisham’s The Client and Kung Fu: The Movie. Zone Romantica, the female-skewed channel that offers the best romantic dramas from around the world, has acquired award-winning titles such as The Thorn Birds, Scruples, Falcon Crest, Lace and Lace II. In addition, Salem’s Lot, Freddy’s Nightmares and Stephen King’s It, among many others, are heading to Zone Horror, the unique channel dedicated to broadcasting spine-tingling films and series for horror fans.
Steve Cole said, “We’re delighted to be working with Warner Bros. to secure top programming for our many, differently themed channels. It is always a challenge to acquire the right programming that can appeal to our broad range of viewers, and having access to the expansive slate of high quality shows on offer from Warner Bros. gives a huge boost to our schedules.”
Jeffrey R. Schlesinger said, “This new deal brings more than 550 hours of film and television programming from the Warner Bros. collection to viewers in the UK, and we look forward to a successful relationship with Chello Zone.”
About Chello Zone
Chello Zone is a business of Chellomedia and is a leading international broadcaster, distributor and representative of thematic television channels. It has 18 offices and studios throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. Chello Zone owns and operates ten thematic channels: Zone Reality, Zone Europa, Zone Romantica, Zone Club, Zone Horror, Zone Thriller, Zone Fantasy, Extreme Sports Channel and pre-school channel JimJam*. Collectively, Chello Zone’s channels are broadcast in over 125 countries in 23 languages. It launched a media division, Zone 360, in 2006 to exploit content opportunities across multiple platforms. In addition, Chello Zone has a successful channel representation business and currently represents more than 30 international channels including Hallmark, MTV, History Channel and VOOM HD. Chello Zone’s programme distribution business continues to syndicate formats, series and specials from the world’s top producers.
*Joint venture with HIT Entertainment
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