BeIN Media Group, Warner Bros. Sign Multi-Year Content Deal

The Hollywood Reporter

Middle Eastern TV giant BeIN Media Group, owned by Al Jazeera, has signed a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution securing content from the Hollywood major.

Starting this year, under the deal, BeIN will have access to such hit series as Arrow, Gotham and Originals and will also get the exclusive second pay window rights to Warner Bros. theatrical features. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

From 2019, BeIN will become the exclusive home of Warner Bros.' first-run programming, series and first pay window feature films. BeIN has also acquired catch-up rights, as well as access to Warner library product.

The announcement was made by Yousef Al-Obaidly, deputy CEO of BeIN, and Jeffrey Schlesinger, president, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.

The companies said the deal represents one of the most comprehensive content acquisition deals for BeIN.

"We are pleased that our feature films and television series will have a home across BeIN's channels in the Middle East and Africa, with our content making its region debut across these channels starting in 2019," said Schlesinger. "We are looking forward to working with the teams at BeIN to market our programming in this important region for our business."

Said Al-Obaidly: "I am thrilled that we would be able to feature amazing super-hero movies and franchises on BeIN Movies. The Warner Bros. deal will also enable us to access amazing series like Arrow, Gotham and Originals and bring these great series to our subscribers in the region through BeIN Series. BeIN is constantly trying to achieve leadership position within the entertainment space and this deal with Warner Bros. will help us become the number one choice for movies and entertainment lovers in the Middle East and North Africa."

BeIN previously acquired Miramax and pay TV firm Digiturk in Turkey. "BeIN intends to continue to expand its content acquisition in order to feature the very best of Hollywood content for its subscribers," the company said.

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