(April 7, 2010 – Burbank, CA and Moscow) – Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) has signed a new, multiyear programming volume deal which will provide TNT Broadcasting Network in Russia with access to theatrical motion pictures and hit TV shows from Warner Bros. Entertainment. The announcement was made today by Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television, and Roman Petrenko, TNT Broadcasting Network. The multiyear pact with WBITD will give TNT Broadcasting Network the Russian free TV rights to new theatrical motion pictures from the Studio, including “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” among others; new television series from the 2009–10 season in the United States, including “V” and “The Vampire Diaries,” as well as programs from the upcoming 2010–11 season; previously released theatrical motion pictures and hit TV shows from the Warner Bros. Entertainment collection; and animated programs for the launch of new Warner Bros.–branded animation block. “We are pleased to begin this new relationship with TNT Broadcasting Network to deliver our world-class films, television series and animated titles to viewers throughout Russia in primetime,” said Schlesinger. “TNT’s younger-skewing audience profile is a great fit for our TV shows and movies, and we look forward to a long and successful association.” “We are very happy to start the cooperation with WBITD. Warner Bros. consistently has one of the strongest movie slates, as well as hit TV series. Combined with our top-rated original TV programs, the deal will create a strong foundation for the future growth of TNT Broadcasting Network’s market share,” said Petrenko. New feature films available for exhibition by TNT Broadcasting Network include: • The most recent installment of the worldwide blockbuster “Harry Potter” franchise, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” • Hit comedy “The Hangover,” from director Todd Phillips and starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor and Justin Bartha • “Sherlock Holmes,” starring Robert Downey Jr. (nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance), Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, and directed by Guy Ritchie • And more… New television series licensed by TNT Broadcasting Network as part of the deal are: • “V”: A contemporary reimagining of the hit alien invasion miniseries, “V” was the highest-rated scripted new series premiere of the 2009–10 U.S. TV season among Adults 18–49. The show stars Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost”), Morris Chestnut (“Boyz n the Hood”), Joel Gretsch (“The 4400”), Lourdes Benedicto (“NYPD Blue”), Logan Huffman (“America”), Laura Vandervoort (“Smallville”), with Morena Baccarin (“Firefly”) and Scott Wolf (“Party of Five”). The executive producers are Scott Rosenbaum (“Chuck”), Scott Peters (“The 4400”), Steve Pearlman (“Related”) and Jace Hall (“The Jace Hall Show”). • “The Vampire Diaries”: Already renewed for a second season in the U.S. where it is the #1 show on The CW and delivered the network’s most-watched series premiere ever, “The Vampire Diaries” is a new drama from Kevin Williamson (“Scream,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Dawson’s Creek”), in which two vampire brothers – one good, one evil – are at war for the soul of a high school girl and those of her friends and family. Based on the best-selling book series by L.J. Smith, the show stars Nina Dobrev (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), Paul Wesley (“Everwood”) and Ian Somerhalder (“Lost”). The executive producers are Williamson, Julie Plec (“Kyle XY”), Leslie Morgenstein (“Gossip Girl”) and Bob Levy (“Gossip Girl”). 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. About TNT Broadcasting Network The TNT-Broadcasting Network is one of the Russia’s top five television networks. It reaches a potential audience of over 100 million viewers throughout Russia, offering a premium TV entertainment aimed at younger audience ranging from the age of 18–30.
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