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SONY PICTURES TELEVISION CLOSES FILM1 DEAL


LONDON, 21 July 2015 —Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks today announced that it has finalized its acquisition of Dutch premium movie service Film1 following regulatory approval from the European Commission.

SPT now fully owns and operates the five Premium Pay TV channels under the Film1 umbrella along with its Film1 Go service, and the business reports to Kate Marsh, SPT’s Executive Vice President, Networks, Western Europe.

Kate Marsh said: “The acquisition of Film1 marks a key move into the Dutch market and underlines our continued commitment to grow our highly successful and diverse suite of channels across Europe. Film1 complements and expands our successful Networks portfolio and we are looking forward to working with all our partners to continue to build on the success of the Film1 proposition.”

All five Film1 channels continue to be carried on the Ziggo cable TV platform, including the former UPC platform, as well as KPN, M7 and other current distribution partners in the Netherlands.

The five Film1 channels include Film1 Premiere, Film1 Action, Film1 Comedy & Kids, Film1 Spotlight and Film1 Sundance, and feature world class premium movies from Dreamworks, FOX, Paramount, MGM and Warner Bros. and are also home to the market’s leading independent film offer.  The Film1 Go service is available to all Film1 channel subscribers on PCs, tablets and smartphones.

The acquisition further expands Sony Pictures Television Networks’ Western Europe footprint which also includes Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland.  Last year, SPT acquired CSC Media, making SPT the No. 5 cable/satellite/multichannel player in the UK market in commercial ad views.

Sony Pictures Television's international networks portfolio includes 148 channel feeds, which are available in 178 countries reaching more than 1.28 billion cumulative households worldwide.fr

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

About Sony Pictures Television

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.