China’s Tencent Picks Up James Bond Catalog, Paramount Slate

Spectre James Bond
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In two separate deals, Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings has picked up screening rights to the entire collection of James Bond franchise movies, and the upcoming slate of films from Paramount Pictures.

The MGM deal gives Tencent transactional video on demand (TVOD) and subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights from “Dr. No” to “Skyfall.” The company will be able to air the movies via Tencent’s various online channels, including v.qq.com, film.qq.com and the Tencent Video app. The deal also includes “Spectre,” which be released in China on Nov. 13.

Under the Paramount accord, Tencent will the exclusive TVOD and SVOD distributor of Paramount titles for 12 months following release.

Titles covered include “Star Trek Beyond,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” and “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” as well as recently released “Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation” and “Terminator Genisys.”

“Adding marquee brands like Paramount to our world-class content offering gives China Internet users access to the best possible entertainment lineup in the industry,” said SY Lau, senior executive VP of Tencent and president of Tencent Online Media Group, in a statement.

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