(October 11, 2006 - Burbank, CA and Kiev) – Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) has signed a multi-year free television volume deal for Ukraine with INTER TV, ICTV and New Channel, it was announced today by Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television (WBITV); Sergey Staritsky, Chairman of the Board, INTER TV channel; Oleksander Bohutsky, General Director, ICTV; and Irina Lysenko, Chairman of Board, New Channel. The multi-year agreement—negotiated on behalf of WBITD by Nicky Wood, Vice President, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe—builds on the Studio’s previous relationship with New Channel, represents an increased partnership between INTER TV and ICTV, and gives all three the rights to air new and classic motion pictures and television series from Warner Bros. “We are pleased to continue our successful relationship with New Channel and to embark on new partnerships with INTER TV and ICTV in Ukraine, one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing marketplaces for entertainment content,” said Schlesinger. “We look forward to working with our partners to bring world-class motion pictures and television series to Ukrainian viewers, now and in the future.” “INTER is very proud and pleased to enter into a multi-year deal with Warner Bros., which we see as an extremely promising foundation for strategic partnership both in acquisitions and co-production,” added Staritsky. “I am happy that our successful cooperation with Warner Bros. develops into a long-term deal, thus enabling the viewers of New Channel to dip into the magical world of Harry Potter as well as enjoy the perfect performance in such wonderful Warner Bros. titles, like 'Oceans Twelve,'” said Lysenko. “ICTV is very proud to participate in a volume-deal with Warner Bros., and we hope that features and movies by Warner will please our viewers and attract additional public to our channel,” said Bohutsky. Under terms of the deal, INTER TV, ICTV and New Channel will have rights to Warner Bros.’ feature film output, including the recent blockbusters "Superman Returns," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Batman Begins"; forthcoming features like "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Happy Feet" and more; and titles from the Studio’s extensive library, including the previous Harry Potter films and both The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix trilogies. The three channels will also have license to premiere new Warner Bros. television series from the 2006-2007 U.S. network season, including "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," "The Nine," "Justice," "The Class" and "MEN IN TREES," among others. In addition, the deal allows the three channels access to the Studio’s extensive Animation library, with plans calling for INTER TV to launch a Warner Bros. animated programming block. 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 48,000 hours of programming (including more than 6,000 features and 74 current series), dubbed or subtitled in more than 40 languages, to telecasters and cablecasters in more than 175 countries. INTER TV channel is a leading Ukrainian national broadcaster (technical coverage – 98.3% of the territory, audience share – 22%), operating since 1996. Broadcasting format – infotainment (31% information & news, 69% entertainment programming). It is also the biggest Ukrainian TV production company that was the first to launch local series, movies and entertainment formats production, many of which are successfully distributed in Russian and neighboring markets. New Channel brings new trends in entertainment to energetic people who enjoy life, it is driven by optimism and curiousity. The station’s target audience is 14 – 49 with 11% of marketshare. ICTV is the first commercial station in Ukraine, targeted at the audience 14-49, with marketshare 9%. The channel is giving professional information and entertainment to the viewers. Famous for its news blocks, political talk-shows experiments with different formats.
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