(April 21, 2010 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) and Central European Media Enterprises (CME) have teamed up on a new programming volume deal for Croatia in which CME’s Nova TV network will become WBITD’s free television partner in the country. The announcement was made today by Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television, and Petr Dvorak, Senior Vice President, Broadcasting, of Central European Media Enterprises. Under terms of the agreement, Nova TV has licensed new television programs from the 2009–10 season in the U.S., including “The Vampire Diaries,” “V,” “Human Target” and upcoming series “Pretty Little Liars” and “Rizzoli & Isles”; a slate of hit theatrical motion pictures, including Best Picture Oscar® winner “The Departed,” among others; previously released feature films and television series from the Warner Bros. Entertainment collection; and animated programming for the launch of a new Warner Bros.–branded animation block. “Nova TV has made an aggressive play for our programming slate, which includes some of the most buzzed-about new series of the season in the U.S.,” said Schlesinger. “Our TV shows and movies will be a great fit for Nova, and we are excited about this new agreement, which is one of the most significant programming deals in Croatia.” “This agreement is a major boost for our Croatian station Nova TV in terms of further strengthening our leadership position on the Croatian market,” said Dvorak. Dražen Mavrić, General Director of Nova TV, added: “Strong movies and series from Warner Bros. will be a great addition to our own fiction and non-fiction production. We are very pleased to have a new collection of quality feature films and TV series to air.” Television series to make their Croatian debuts on Nova TV as part of the deal include: • “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”). From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, “The Vampire Diaries” is executive produced by Williamson, Julie Plec (“Kyle XY”), Leslie Morgenstein (“Gossip Girl”) and Bob Levy (“Gossip Girl”). • “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”). “V” is from The Scott Peters Company and HDFilms in association with Warner Bros. Television. It was developed by Scott Peters (“The 4400”), who serves as executive producer with Scott Rosenbaum (“Chuck”), Steve Pearlman (“Related”) and Jace Hall (“The Jace Hall Show”). • “Human Target”: People have secrets and secrets can be dangerous. But nobody deserves to die. Mark Valley (“Fringe”) stars as Christopher Chance, a mysterious security agent for hire who assumes different identities, at times literally becoming a human target on behalf of his clients. Chi McBride (“Pushing Daisies”) and Jackie Earle Haley (“Watchmen,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street”) also star in this one-hour action-adventure series based upon the popular DC Comics title. “Human Target” was developed for television by Jonathan E. Steinberg (“Jericho”), who executive produces along with McG (“Terminator Salvation”), Peter Johnson (“Chuck”), Brad Kern (“Charmed”) and Kevin Hooks (“Prison Break”). The show is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Television. • “Pretty Little Liars”: Never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret. Filled with mystery, scandal, intrigue and nail-biting suspense, “Pretty Little Liars” is a new one-hour drama based upon the popular young-adult book series by Sara Shepard from Alloy Entertainment. The show premieres June 8 in the U.S. and stars Troian Bellisario (“NCIS”), Ashley Benson (“Bring It On: In It to Win It”), Ian Harding (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Lucy Hale (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2”), Bianca Lawson (“The Vampire Diaries”), Laura Leighton (“Melrose Place”), Chad Lowe (“24”), Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse (“Without a Trace”). From Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, “Pretty Little Liars” is executive produced by I. Marlene King (“Just My Luck”), Oliver Goldstick (“Lipstick Jungle”), Leslie Morgenstein (“Gossip Girl”) and Bob Levy (“Gossip Girl”). • “Rizzoli & Isles”: Angie Harmon (“Law & Order”) stars as Jane Rizzoli, a tough police detective who is part of a close-knit family, and Sasha Alexander (“NCIS”) stars as Maura Isles, a methodical and blunt medical examiner in this new one-hour drama series based upon the novel The Apprentice by international best-selling author Tess Gerritsen. Bruce McGill (“Runaway Jury”), Jordan Bridges (“Dawson’s Creek”), Lee Thompson Young (“FlashForward”) and Emmy® and Oscar® nominee Lorraine Bracco (“The Sopranos,” “GoodFellas”) also star. From Ostar Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, the series is executive produced by Janet Tamaro (“Sleeper Cell”) and Bill Haber (“Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King”). Feature films licensed by Nova TV as part of this agreement include: • “The Departed”: From acclaimed director Martin Scorsese, “The Departed” won four Academy Awards® – Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay and Film Editing – and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga and Alec Baldwin. The film was written by William Monahan and produced by Brad Pitt, Brad Grey and Graham King. • “300”: Directed by Zach Snyder (“Watchmen”), “300” is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. The film stars Butler, Lena Headey (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), David Wenham (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and Dominic West (“The Wire”). The screenplay is written by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad and Michael B. Gordon, based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann and Jeffrey Silver are the producers. • “Blood Diamond”: Academy Award® nominee Leonardo DiCaprio, Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly and Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou star in this action-drama about the search for a priceless diamond amid the chaos of the civil war in Sierra Leone. Directed by Edward Zwick, the screenplay was written by Charles Leavitt, from a story by Leavitt and C. Gaby Mitchell. “Blood Diamond” was produced by Paula Weinstein, Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Graham King and Gillian Gorfil. 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. For more information, please log on to www.wbitv.com. About CME CME is a leading vertically integrated media company operating broadcasting, internet and TV content businesses in six Central and Eastern European countries with an aggregate population of approximately 50 million people. CME’s television stations are located in Bulgaria (Pro.bg and Ring.bg), Croatia (Nova TV), Czech Republic (TV Nova, Nova Cinema, Nova Sport and MTV Czech), Romania (PRO TV, PRO TV International, Acasa, PRO Cinema, Sport.ro and MTV Romania), Slovakia (TV Markíza, Doma) and Slovenia (POP TV, Kanal A and TV Pika). CME is traded on the NASDAQ and the Prague Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CETV.” About Nova TV Nova TV is Croatia's first private commercial television station. The channel, which launched in 2000 and has been owned by CME since July 2004, has a reach of approximately 89% of the country's 4.4 million people. Nova TV is one of Croatia's main sources for premium news, high-quality locally-produced programming and successful international content all of which is specifically targeted to its Croatian audiences. Since its launch, Nova TV has continued to introduce new TV genres including highly rated programs programming. It also features a variety of popular American and European series, films and soap operas produced by major international studios.
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