(August 9, 2001 - Burbank, CA) - Warner Bros. International Television Distribution and Vlaamse Media Maatschappij have signed a four-year output deal for Flemish-speaking Belgium, it was announced today by Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television and Luc Janssens, Head of Acquisitions, Vlaamse Media Maatschappij. The terms of the deal call for the rights to feature films released from 1999-2002 (including such titles as “Deep Blue Sea,” “Eyes Wide Shut,” “The Matrix,” “Message In A Bottle,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Wild Wild West” and “You’ve Got Mail”), the renewal of current television series airing on VTM and Kanaal 2 (including “E.R.,” “Third Watch,” “La Femme Nikita,” “The West Wing,” “The Fugitive” and “The Sopranos”) and new series (including “Smallville,” “Citizen Bains” and “Maybe It’s Me”). The deal also covers animation, as well as an extensive film and television library package. The deal was negotiated on behalf of Warner Bros. International Television Distribution by Mickie Steinmann, Sales Director, Scandinavia & Benelux, WBITD. “Our product has always done well on VTM and Kanaal 2,” said Steinmann. “I am pleased that we’ve done this newest deal and look forward to many more years of mutually beneficial success for our two companies.” “The Vlaamse Media Maatschappij keeps on investing in American series and movies,” said Janssens. “It has been and will continue to be our goal to bring the newest top series and films as soon as possible to the Flemish part of Belgium. In order to keep this promise to our viewers, VMM is pleased to announce that we have closed this new output deal with Warner Bros., which mean that new Warner-productions will find their way to VMM.” Warner Bros. International Television Distribution is one of the world’s largest distributors 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. WBITD handles distribution to the all international television media, including broadcast, pay cable, basic cable, satellite, pay-per-view, video-on-demand and digital platforms.
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