Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) has signed a new, multiyear, television distribution agreement with SARAN Media in Turkey, it was announced on Wednesday by Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television, and Alan K. Saran, Managing Director, SARAN Media.
The new output deal expands upon WBITV’s current distribution pact with SARAN and marks the continuation of the close, 10-year relationship between the two companies. Under the terms of the new deal, SARAN has acquired the premium, basic, free and sub scri ption video-on-demand rights to a wide range of programming distributed by WBITD, including current and library feature films, television series and animation titles from Warner Bros. Entertainment. SARAN will license these properties to various broadcasters in Turkey.
“We are thrilled to announce this new, expanded deal with SARAN Media and to continue the long-standing, mutually beneficial relationship between our two companies,” said Schlesinger. “We look forward to working closely with SARAN to continue to bring the finest film and television programming to viewers throughout Turkey.”
“It’s by far the largest programming deal in Turkish television history,” said Saran. “We have great synergy with Warner Bros., and we are excited to continue and expand our relationship.”
The agreement covers current and library features (including the upcoming Will Smith starrer I Am Legend, recent release Beowulf, Oscar® winners The Departed and Happy Feet, and blockbusters Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 300 and Ocean’s Thirteen, as well as Flags of Our Fathers, Zodiac, Blood Diamond and Training Day, among others); first-run series and animation for television.
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 Ã¢â‚¬Å½features and 74 current series), dubbed or subtitled in more than 40 Ã¢â‚¬Å½languages, to telecasters and cablecasters in more than 175 countries.