ATLANTA and BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Moviecity, the best premium experience in Latin America, and Fox Latin American Channels signed a multi-year licensing and programming distribution agreement with Starz Media Worldwide Distribution that expands upon the current "Spartacus" licensing pact and establishes a broader multiyear agreement for STARZ Originals and feature film programming.
As part of the new deal, the upcoming STARZ Originals series, "Magic City," and future STARZ Originals series distributed by Starz Media Worldwide Distribution will be included. Also licensed will be select feature films distributed by Starz Media Worldwide Distribution. Films distributed historically by the group include Anchor Bay Films and other licensed movie programming from independent studios.
The STARZ Originals and movie programming will be distributed exclusively in Brazil and Latin American countries served by the Moviecity pay TV package and includes Moviecity Play, the online service for Moviecity subscribers that allows them to watch Moviecity content on their computers for no extra charge. Fox Latin American Channels will premiere the series in an exclusive basic cable window in the same markets, as well as on the basic subscription on-demand service FoxHits.
Moviecity has already aired the STARZ Originals series, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," and "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," and is now airing the final episodes of "Camelot," a series that aired on STARZ in the USA earlier this year.
"Success with 'Spartacus' showed us the potential for future STARZ Originals programming. We are excited about their vision for future high quality projects and especially, the upcoming 'Magic City.' We see Starz as one of the great premium programming providers in the world and will certainly be a powerhouse for series production in the future. Moviecity looks to expand upon that success into Latin America – we saw this opportunity and we worked to make it happen" said Edgar Spielmann, CEO & President of Moviecity."
"We are very excited with this new, expanded programming licensing pact, as it allows us to keep providing high quality content to our unique basic cable channels. Through this agreement we reinforce our commitment with viewers in Latin America, bringing the best series worldwide that translates into the great performance of our channels," said Gonzalo Fiure, SVP Strategic Content and Patricia Daujotas, SVP Programming and Acquisition at Fox Latin American Channels.
"With the exceptional talent and foresight of our creative and production team at Starz, we have established ourselves as a major supplier of high quality, unique and appealing television content for global audiences," said Gene George, lead executive for Starz Media Worldwide Distribution. "We are very pleased to expand our business in Latin America and Brazil and look forward to bringing to market future series and movies in partnership with Moviecity and Fox Latin American Channels."
About "Magic City"
Set in Miami Beach in 1959, "Magic City" stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Danny Huston, Steven Strait, Christian Cooke and Jessica Marais. "Magic City" was conceived by writer-director-producer Mitch Glazer (The Recruit, Scrooged), who grew up in the glamorous, ominous world of late '50's Miami Beach. He serves as Executive Producer on the project along with Media Talent Group's CEO, Geyer Kosinski ("Going to California," "Hope & Faith," Beyond Borders), Co-Executive Producer Ed Bianchi ("The Killing," "Deadwood"), and Producer Dwayne Shattuck ("Mad Men"). "Magic City" is scheduled to debut exclusively on STARZ in the United States in 2012.
Moviecity is the best premium entertainment experience in Latin America. It offers the most recent movies, original productions, series, documentaries, concerts and exclusive events, all this without commercial breaks and with the highest audio and video quality. More than 1,000 programs each month, offered through six different channels that have a unique personality and eleven different options to access the content. Moviecity wants to entertain and satisfy the preferences of the different publics at home.
About Fox Latin American Channels
Fox Latin American Channels operates and distributes channels, production and online businesses in Latin America under the following brands: Fox, FX, Fox Life, Fox Sports, Fox News, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Universal Channel, Universal Channel HD, Studio Universal, Syfy, Utilisima, Speed Channel, Baby TV, Fox Networks, BienSimple, Bemsimples, mundofox.com, Fox Telecolombia and Fox Toma 1. Additionally its sales force -Fox One-Stop Media- represents owned and third-party channels in several markets. Fox Latin American Channels is owned by The News Corporation Limited. www.mundofox.com
About Starz Media
Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Anchor Bay Entertainment, Anchor Bay Films, Film Roman and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that content, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, broadcasters, ad-supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).
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