BeIN Mena, Warner Bros ink deal

Khaleej Times - - KT NETWORK -

doha — beIN, the pre­mium en­ter­tain­ment mar­ket leader in Mena, and Warner Bros In­ter­na­tional Tele­vi­sion Distri­bu­tion, world’s largest dis­trib­u­tors of fea­ture films, tele­vi­sion pro­grams and an­i­ma­tion to the in­ter­na­tional tele­vi­sion mar­ket­place, have an­nounced a longterm multi-year deal that will en­able beIN to ac­quire pre­mium con­tent from lead­ing Hol­ly­wood stu­dio. The an­nounce­ment was made by Yousef Al Obaidly, Deputy CEO of beIN Me­dia Group, and Jef­frey R. Sch­lesinger, Pres­i­dent, Warner Bros. World­wide Tele­vi­sion Distri­bu­tion.

This deal rep­re­sents one of the most com­pre­hen­sive con­tent ac­qui­si­tion deals for beIN. Start­ing this year, beIN will have ac­cess to such hit se­ries as “Ar­row,” “Gotham” and “Orig­i­nals,” and will ac­quire the ex­clu­sive 2nd Pay win­dow rights to Warner Bros. the­atri­cal fea­tures.

From 2019, beIN will be­come the ex­clu­sive home of Warner Bros.’ first-run pro­gram­ming, se­ries and 1st Pay win­dow fea­ture films. In ad­di­tion to ac­quir­ing the pay TV win­dow, beIN has ac­quired catch-up rights as well as ac­cess to the rich li­brary of con­tent from Warner Bros.

This is a land­mark deal for beIN, which made its foray into en­ter­tain­ment con­tent seg­ment just last year. The com­pany has been suc­cess­ful in at­tract­ing top stu­dios and third­party chan­nels to its plat­form. beIN now boasts one of the most well­rounded pay-TV net­work in Mid­dle East & North Africa with over 75 chan­nels broad­cast­ing movies, se­ries, sports, kids and gen­eral en­ter­tain­ment con­tent.

Al Obaidly, deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of beIN Me­dia Group, said: “I am thrilled that we would be able to fea­ture amaz­ing su­per­hero movies and fran­chises on beIN Movies.”

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