(July 28, 2000 – Munich & Zurich & Burbank, CA) – Telepool, a leading European rights trading company, has acquired an output/package deal for the free-TV rights for German-speaking Switzerland from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, it was announced today by Thomas Weymar, Managing Director, Telepool, and Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television. The four-year deal, which was negotiated by Catherine Mueller, Deputy Managing Director, Telepool Switzerland, and Philipp Rohwedder, Vice President & Managing Director, German-Speaking Territories, WBITD, calls for the free television rights to the feature film slates from 1996 to 1999 (including titles such as “The Matrix,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Eyes Wide Shut” and “Three Kings”). The deal also includes several television series from the 1998-99, 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons (such as “The Sopranos,” “Jack & Jill” and the highly anticipated new series “The Fugitive”). In addition, the deal also includes upcoming television series from the 2001-2002 season as well as a number of television movies and library feature films. Telepool is backed by a number of public broadcaster shareholders in Germany and Switzerland with its headquarters in Munich and branches in Zurich and Los Angeles. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution is the world’s largest distributor of programming, licensing more than 39,000 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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