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SONY PICTURES TELEVISION INKS FIRST FARSI LANGUAGE DEAL FOR DR. OZ


London, 2 October 2014. Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has licensed 344 episodes of the multi-Emmy Award winning US talk show The Dr. Oz Show to broadcaster FARSI1 – SPT’s first ever deal with a Farsi-language broadcaster.  
 
The deal with Broadcast Middle East - part of the MOBY GROUP, who’s serving over 300 million people from Central Asia to North Africa – covers the first two seasons of the ratings winner and will be shown on free to air pan-regional network FARSI1, dubbed into Farsi, from this autumn. 
 
Announcing the deal, Damian Newton, senior vice president, distribution, CE & MEGITC at SPT said: “The Dr. Oz Show is a global sensation that continues to strike a chord with audiences around the world, tapping into the universal desire to lead healthier, happier lives.” 
 
“As a Farsi channel, we are delighted to announce our first collaboration with Sony Pictures Television. After the success of The Oprah Winfrey Show on FARSI1, we are introducing The Dr. Oz Show, a highly informative talk show, where one of the most well-known surgeons in the world gives his viewers priceless health related and medical tips. We hope that this new FARSI1 show will help our viewers to get a better and healthier lifestyle,” added Sina Valiollah, general manager, FARSI1. 
 
The Dr. Oz Show, now in its sixth season in the US, is a talk show hosted by acclaimed surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz focussing on health, wellbeing and lifestyle issues. Co-produced by SPT and Harpo Productions, the series first debuted in the US in 2009 as the highest rating daytime premiere in seven years and has since been sold by SPT to over 118 territories around the world. 
 
Most recent deals include Discovery in the UK, Mediaset in Spain and RTB in Brunei. Local versions of the hit format have also been produced in China, Russia, India, Brazil, Armenia, Chile, Peru, Columbia and the Middle East.
 
ENDS
 

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Contact:
Saskia Wirth
Director, Communications (EMEA)
+44 (207) 533-1363
saskia_wirth@spe.sony.com

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Sony Pictures Television (www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 11 countries and also maintains offices in 31 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 150 channel feeds available in 178 countries, reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages the studio’s premium streaming network, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of the cable channel Game Show Network (GSN). SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as the Rural Media Group and DoctorOZ.com.