(June 25, 2002 - Burbank, CA) - Warner Bros. International Television Distribution has signed a multi-year deal with Germany’s RTL for the free television rights to a package of feature films, television series and TV movies. The announcement was made today by Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television, and Gerhard Zeiler, CEO, RTL. The deal, which was negotiated on behalf of Warner Bros. International Television Distribution by Sylvia Rothblum, Managing Director, German-Speaking Territories and Simon Kenny, Senior Vice President, Europe, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, includes the broadcast rights to several films from the company’s 1996 - 2001 theatrical slates (including “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “The Lord Of The Rings,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Wild, Wild West” and “Rush Hour 2”), as well as numerous library titles. In addition, the deal includes television series (including “Gilmore Girls,” “Smallville” and “Witchblade”) and TV movies. “We’re pleased to be back in business with our partners at RTL,” said Schlesinger. “We’ve had a longstanding relationship with them over the years and we believe this deal speaks not only to their aggressive drive to acquire programming, but also to the high quality of Warner Bros.’ properties.” “We are delighted that Warner has sold this precious feature film package to us,” said Zeiler. “The purchase of these magnificent films highlights RTL’s extraordinary feature film competence for yet another time.” Warner Bros. International Television Distribution is one of the world’s largest 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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