(January 26, 2009 – 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 About Chellomedia Chellomedia, the European content division of Liberty Global, Inc. is a leading international media company & distributor of channels, content and video services. The division’s operating companies and business units, currently own and operate 26 branded TV channels and run a suite of digital, On Demand and broadband services in Europe. The aggregate subscriber base of the channels and its feeds reach 206 million homes*. Chellomedia focuses its TV channel business globally through its 100% owned and operating company Chello Zone via channels such as JimJam, the leading international pre-school channel, Zone Reality, Zone Horror and the Extreme Sports Channel and regionally in Iberia through Chello Multicanal, in the Benelux, where Chello Benelux operates the premium sports and movie channels Sport1 & Film1, and in Chello Central Europe where the bouquet includes Sport 1&2, the leading children’s channel- Minimax, documentary channel-Spektrum and the joint venture channel MGM. *Consolidated (171 million) and non consolidated (35 million) channels, multiplexes and feeds. About Warner Bros. International Television Distribution 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 50,000 hours of programming (including more than 6,000 features and 70+ current series), dubbed or subtitled in more than 40 languages, to telecasters and cablecasters in more than 175 countries.
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