(December 16, 2004 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. International Television Distribution has signed a multi-year deal with TVN giving the broadcaster the free television rights in Norway to a slate of current and library feature films and television series. The deal was announced today by Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Distribution and Nina Lorgen Flemmen, Head of Acqusitions TVNORGE. The deal, which was negotiated by Mickie Steinmann, Vice President, Sales, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution and Flemmen, calls for the broadcaster to have access to such current top movies as “Oceans Twelve,” “Troy” and “The Last Samurai” and such library features as the Clint Eastwood “Dirty Harry” films and the “Police Academy” series. In addition, TVN has picked up subsequent seasons of the successful series “Gilmore Girls,” “Cold Case” and “Smallville,” the U.S. and U.K. versions of the hit reality series “The Bachelor” and new series from the 2004-05 season. “We thought it was extremely important for TVN to continue our long lasting relationship with Warner Bros.,” said Flemmen. “They produce shows that have been a proven success for us year after year - so why change a winning team!” “Our movies and series have thrived on TVN throughout the years and we are certain that they will continue to,” said Schlesinger. 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 45,000 hours of programming (including more than 6,000 features and 50 current series), dubbed or subtitled in more than 40 languages, to telecasters and cablecasters in more than 175 countries.
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