×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

beIN Media Group Signs Major Multi-Year Pay-TV Deal With Warner Bros.

ROME — beIN Media Group, the ambitious Al Jazeera-owned broadcaster that bought Miramax in March, has signed a major multi-year deal with Warner Bros. International Television for the studios’ movies and TV series to air on beIN’s pay-TV platform in the Middle East and North Africa.

Neither the financial terms of the agreement nor its exact duration were disclosed. But the long-term deal, which goes into effect in 2019, could turn out to be a game changer for the pay-TV landscape in a region where competition has been heating up since last year, when beIN expanded aggressively from sports into movie channels.

Starting this year, beIN will get access to hit Warner Bros. TV series including ““Arrow,” “Gotham” and “Originals,” and will gain exclusive second window pay-TV rights to Warner Bros. theatrical features.

The first pay window on Warner Bros. movies in the region is currently owned by rival pay-TV operation Dubai-based OSN, which used to be the only paybox offering movies, original programming and general entertainment in the Middle East.

Warner Bros. is basically shifting its pay-TV partnership in the region from OSN to beIN, starting in 2019. At that point, beIN will have exclusive first window pay-TV rights to Warner Bros.’ first-run programming, comprising TV series and movies. Besides the pay-TV window, beIN has also acquired catch-up rights and access to an unspecified amount of Warner Bros. library content.

“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 Media Group Deputy CEO Yousef Al-Obaidly said in a statement.

“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 Jeffrey Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution. “We are looking forward to working with the teams at beIN to market our programming in this important region for our business.”

Besides the moves that beIN  is making to become the top pay-TV operation in the Arab world, the Qatar-based broadcaster currently controls top Turkish paybox Digiturk and sports channels in France, Spain the U.S. and Australia.

In separate related news, which is symptomatic of the competitive climate in the Arab world’s pay-TV arena, OSN on Tuesday announced that it had renewed its multi-year exclusive partnership with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.

More Biz

  • Plume of black smoke rising from

    Lawsuit Expected Next Week in Response to Universal Music Fire

    A Los Angeles law firm representing several Universal Music recording artists affected by the 2008 fire that destroyed a huge number of master recordings is expected to file a lawsuit as early as next week. King told Variety that he expects to sue for negligence and other torts. He declined to identify his clients, saying [...]

  • Nicholas Sparks

    Nicholas Sparks Responds as LGBT Discrimination Claim Resurfaces

    Nicholas Sparks, the prolific author of romance novels, is facing renewed allegations that he discriminated against gay students at his Christian school in North Carolina. The allegations were first leveled by Saul Benjamin, the former headmaster of the Epiphany School of Global Studies, in a wrongful termination suit he filed in 2014. Benjamin’s suit alleged [...]

  • Tyler the Creator and DJ Khaled

    Inside the DJ Khaled-Tyler, the Creator Chart Battle

    The controversy surrounding the recent chart battle between DJ Khaled and Tyler the Creator — in which a bundle promoting Khaled’s album was disqualified from adding to its sales tally for the May 24 Billboard 200 album chart, allowing the No. 1 spot to go to Tyler’s “Igor” — has been a first-class problem for [...]

  • Cuba Gooding Jr. Diversity

    Cuba Gooding Jr. Charged with Misdemeanor Forcible Touching

    Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., has been charged with a misdemeanor count of forcible touching following an incident at a nightclub, the New York Police Department said Thursday. Gooding turned himself in to NYPD detectives on Thursday, surrounded by a throng of media. Later in the day, he was arraigned in front of Judge Herb Moses. [...]

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    CAA Challenges Writers Guild of America's Legal Standing in Packaging Fee Lawsuit

    CAA has challenged the Writers Guild of America’s legal standing for bringing forth the lawsuit against Hollywood’s four largest talent agencies over the issue of packaging fees. CAA’s latest legal response to the suit filed by the WGA in Los Angeles Superior Court in April asserts that the guild does not have the right to [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content