August 3, 2009
THE MGM CHANNEL TO LAUNCH ON INDONESIA’S BIGGEST PAY TV SERVICE
Ground-breaking Carriage Deal with Indovision, Indonesia’s Largest DTH operator, Positions Lion for Growth in the Burgeoning Pay TV Market of World’s Fourth Largest Country
Additional Carriage Deals Inked with Okevision and Top TV Combine with Existing Carriage to Place The MGM Channel onto Nearly all Major Pay TV Platforms in Indonesia
LOS ANGELES and JAKARTA, August 3, 2009 - MGM Networks, a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Inc. (MGM), has signed a deal with Indovision, Indonesia’s largest pay television platform, to launch a local language version of The MGM Channel beginning this month. The announcement was made today by Bruce Tuchman, President of MGM Networks.
“We are honored to have this opportunity to work with Indovision and entertain their growing ranks of customers, which represents one of the largest DTH subscriber bases in Asia,” said Tuchman. “The Indonesian market continues to impress us with its dynamism and enormous potential. And now that Indovision and its affiliated DTH services -- Okevision and TOP TV -- join our friends at First Media and Telkomvision in bringing hand-picked selections from the legendary MGM film library to their subscribers, The MGM Channel's reach spans all across Indonesia.”
The MGM Channel will be part of Indovision’s well-penetrated movie package, and is also available on the basic tiers of both Okevision and TOP TV, priced at competitive, entry level rates to appeal to the Indonesian consumers. With its movie programming soon to be subtitled into Bahasa Indonesian, The MGM Channel will feature a broad range of titles from the MGM movie catalog, the world’s largest modern film library, including such marquee titles as Network, A Fish Called Wanda, Carrie, Manhattan, Mississippi Burning, New York, New York, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Throw Momma from the Train. Indovision, Okevision and TOP TV join long time MGM Channel clients First Media and Telekom Indonesia in distributing the channel to subscribers across this rapidly growing pay television market.
Handhi Kentjono, Vice President Director, MNS Sky Vision added: "Having been a classic icon, MGM will enrich our line up with all their hit movies. Its cinematic creativity will delight our audience, and it will increase the entertainment aspects of Indovision and Top TV to a higher level. The channel will cater to the entertainment needs of large Indonesian demographic segments and ages. This will be a beneficial beginning for a long-term and fruitful relationship."
The deal with Indovision, the latest in a series of break-through agreements between MGM Networks and major pay television operators around the world, signifies the continued rapid of growth of the MGM Channel internationally. Over the last several years, MGM Networks has built a multi-faceted portfolio of branded channel businesses that are now available in over 130 countries through more than 20 separate channels, and reach tens of millions of subscribers in nearly two dozen languages.
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. For more information visit www.mgmchannel.com
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 130 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
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