(October 4, 2004 - Cannes, France) - Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) has signed a new, multi-year free television deal with the Turkish television distributor SAR-AN International, it was announced today by Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television, and Alan K. Saran, Vice President, SAR-AN International. Under the terms of the deal, which was negotiated on behalf of WBITD by Jose “Pepe” Abad, Senior Vice President, Southern Europe and Juan Mayne, Director of Sales, Greece, Turkey & Cyprus, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, SAR-AN has acquired the broadcast rights to a number of films, series and animated properties from WBITD’s library and will license these properties to various Turkish broadcasters. Among feature films included are “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets,” “The Last Samurai,” “Matrix Reloaded,” “Matrix Revolutions,” and “Ocean’s Eleven.” The animated series include “Duck Dodgers” and “Baby Looney Tunes.” “We are very pleased to be continuing our mutually-beneficial relationship with SAR-AN International,” said Schlesinger. “Our films and television series have performed well for their Turkish broadcasters and we hope that this trend will continue with the upcoming programs included in this deal.” “We have very good synergy with Warner Bros., and we are very pleased to continue working with them.” said Saran. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution is one of the world’s largest distributors of programming, licensing more than 43,000 hours of television programming and movies dubbed or subtitled in more than 40 languages to broadcasters in more than 175 countries. SAR-AN International, established in 1990, is the leading entertainment and sports programming provider in Turkey, distributing on all levels. Its library is comprised of over 2000 hours of choice animation and 700 movies. The Hallmark Channel, AETN International, ESPN and Sportfive are among the companies exlusively represented. SAR-AN International belongs to SAR-AN Group, whose other companies provide services in the dubbing, defense, advertising, textiles and sports industries.
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