April 13, 2010
THE MGM CHANNEL JOINS THE LAUNCH LINE UP OF TOP-TV IN SOUTH AFRICA ON MAY 1
Agreement with New Pay TV Satellite Platform Marks The MGM Channel’s Debut in South Africa
CANNES, FRANCE April 13, 2010 – Continuing its aggressive and highly successful drive to bring The MGM Channel into every corner of the globe, MGM Worldwide Networks, a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc, has entered into a deal with On Digital Media (ODM) to launch The MGM Channel in South Africa on the basic tier of its new pay TV satellite platform, Top-TV. The announcement was made today by Bruce Tuchman, President, MGM Worldwide Networks and Vino Govender, CEO of ODM.
While The MGM Channel is widely available in markets across Sub-Saharan and North Africa, securing the launch agreement on Top-TV represents the first time The MGM Channel will be available in South Africa as MGM Worldwide Networks continues its rapid global expansion bringing an unparalleled range of Oscar winning favorites, modern movie masterpieces, gems from Hollywood’s golden age and cult classics to viewers around the world. MGM Worldwide Networks now offers nearly two dozen separate branded networks broadcasting in over two dozen languages and reaching markets across every inhabited continent, including channels in both standard and high definition, the most recent of which -- MGM HD -- launched just a few months ago in partnership with Sky in the UK.
In South Africa, the MGM Channel joins the launch lineup of Top-TV, which will debut to consumers on May 1, 2010. ODM will launch Top-TV as South Africa’s second pay satellite TV and the service will offer a total of 55 channels with 25 channels in its basic offering. Top-TV promises to make a big impact on the multichannel television market in terms of choice, flexibility and affordability. With its launch, an exciting world of entertainment will open up to a potential market of millions of new South Africa viewers.
“This is an exciting launch for The MGM Channel to be part of since consumers will now have more choice at affordable prices at the hands of their remote controls,” said Tuchman. “MGM is proud to be part of this exciting move as we plan to entertain viewers with a special, hand-picked selection of some of the greatest movies ever produced in Hollywood with top stars, directors and writers. We are also very pleased to add South Africa to our extensive and still growing global footprint.”
Added Govender of ODM: “We are pleased to offer our new subscribers the ability to enjoy the MGM brand of movies with great blockbuster titles and renowned classics alike. As we build out our channels, we believe that The MGM Channel will be a valuable proposition in attracting new subscribers.”
The MGM Channel in South Africa will feature a full program schedule, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and showcase a wide selection of moves from the MGM library, including an unparalleled range of titles and genres stretching back from recent years to renowned movie classics. Some of the key titles to be broadcast over the next several months include Get Shorty, Hoosiers, The Madness of King George, Colors, Coming Home, Mandela and Some Like It Hot.
About On Digital Media (Pty) Ltd
On Digital Media (ODM) is a proudly South African incorporated company with effective BEE shareholding of 68%. The company was awarded an ICASA Pay TV License on 12 September 2007 and issued the license on 9 July 2008. ODM will offer a new commercial satellite subscription service to South African audiences based on maximum choice and affordability. In addition, ODM will be introducing new local and international investors from the financial and industrial sectors, which will result in a significant economic boost to the South African broadcasting industry. On the technology front audiences can be assured of the latest state of the art digital broadcasting technology including MPEG-4 and DVB-S2. ODM possesses a powerful combination of technical capability and industry expertise, both at shareholding and management levels which will assure a significant and exciting impact on the market.
About MGM Networks
MGM Networks manages Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.'s interests in MGM-branded networks, Hollywood film studio joint venture channels and other programming services spanning scores of markets across Europe, North and South America, Asia, Oceana and Africa.
About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., Ventanazul, MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching over 120 countries and territories around the world. MGM ownership is currently as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), Texas Pacific Group (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit www.mgm.com.