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Warner Bros. International Television Distribution Signs Multi-Year Free TV Volume Deal with TVN, Poland’s Leading Commercial Broadcaster


April 06, 2006, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) has signed a multi-year free television volume deal with TVN S.A. (TVN), the leading commercial television broadcaster in Poland, it was announced today by Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television and Piotr Walter, President, TVN.

The multi-year agreement, which was negotiated on behalf of WBITD by Nicky Wood, Sales Director, Eastern Europe and South Africa, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, marks a continuation of a long-running partnership between the two companies, first established in 1998, and gives TVN the right to air motion pictures and television series from Warner Bros.

“We are pleased to continue our outstanding relationship with TVN,” said Schlesinger. “TVN has done a terrific job of presenting our film and TV programs to the viewing audience in Poland, and we look forward to continued success.”

“We are very happy to be able to bring such a great content to the Polish viewers,” said Walter. “Warner Bros. has been doing a tremendous job over past several year and we look forward to further benefit from this cooperation.”

The pact includes rights to Warner Bros.’ feature film output (including such films as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Last Samurai, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, among others), new television series to premiere on TVN (Invasion, Supernatural and Close to Home, to name a few), the renewal of series under current license (including Cold Case, Nip/Tuck, The O.C. and Without a Trace), animated programs, and content from the Warner Bros. library (TVN is re-broadcasting the long-running comedy phenomenon Friends).

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.

TVN Group is a leading television broadcaster in Poland. TVN Group owns and operates eight television channels: TVN, TVN 7, TVN 24, TVN Meteo, TVN Turbo, ITVN, TVN Style and TVN Gra. TVN, principal free-to-air channel, is recognized in the Polish market as a leading television broadcaster of high quality entertainment and comprehensive independent news and current affairs programs. TVN 7 is an entertainment channel that complements TVN’s programs by broadcasting feature films, television series and game shows. TVN 24 channel is the only 24-hour news and current affairs television channel in Poland. TVN Meteo and TVN Turbo are Poland’s first dedicated weather and automotive channels, respectively. TVN Style is a thematic channel focused on health and beauty. ITVN is a television channel that targets viewers of Polish origin living abroad. TVN Gra is an interactive game show channel.


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