Sony Pictures TV inks Middle Eastern pacts

Movie library deals signed for Egypt, Qatar, Dubai

LONDON — Sony Pictures Television has inked distribution pacts with broadcasters in Egypt, Qatar and Dubai.

The multi-year deals, brokered by SPT’s recently opened office in Dubai, licenses TV rights to movies from the Sony Pictures library.

For the first time, SPT has concluded agreements with Al Rayyan in Qatar and the Egyptian-based television network Rotana, which will broadcast the films on its multi-channel platform.

In Dubai, SPT has confirmed a distribution arrangement with national broadcaster Dubai Media Incorporated for screening pics on Dubai One.

Ziad Yaghi, executive director, distribution, for the Middle East, said: “As a committed participant on a pan-regional level, SPT is now also establishing new relationships at a national level as the sector expands. “With many thousands of feature films and television series, the SPT library is well placed to meet growing Middle East demand.”

SPT’s Middle Eastern office bowed last October and reports to SPT’s regional h.q. for Europe, Middle East and Africa in London.