(October 20, 2003 – Helsinki, Finland and Burbank, CA) – MTV Oy in Finland and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution have renewed their multi-year deal which will give the broadcaster the free television rights to several feature films and television series for its MTV3 and Subtv networks. The deal was announced today by Sami Rahnasto, Head of Acquisitions, MTV Oy and Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television. Among the feature films covered in the deal are the enormously popular “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “The Matrix Reloaded” (Keanu Reeves), “Ocean's Eleven” (George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts) and “Swordfish” (John Travolta), to name a few. Among the television series included in the deal are two popular series which debuted this past summer in the States, “The O.C.” and “Nip/Tuck” as well as the upcoming series “Two and a Half Men,” “Cold Case,” “Skin” and “Tarzan,” among others. The deal was negotiated by Mickie Steinmann, Sales Director, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution and Rahnasto. “Warner Bros. is widely regarded as the most creative and reliable Studio in the world,” said Rahnasto. “This year, Warner Bros. Television Production will produce 27 series across all six of the major broadcast networks in States, more than any other program producer in America. This deal will further strengthen MTV3's and Subtv's already strong position as the broadcaster that provides the best movies and series in Finland for many years to come.” “We are pleased that we can continue our long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship with MTV Oy,” said Steinmann. “Our product has always performed very well on MTV3 and Subtv and we are certain that our latest slate will garner significant audience for their networks.” Warner Bros. International Television Distribution is one of the world’s leading distributors of programming, licensing more than 40,000 hours of television programming and movies dubbed or subtitled in more than 40 languages to broadcasters in more than 175 countries.
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