Wednesday 2, March 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: Film lovers in the Middle East and North Africa region cannot have it any better than on OSN, the leading pay-TV network, as they will now have exclusive access to the expansive roster of movies and future television series from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM). The renewed long-term deal between OSN and MGM, builds on the longstanding successful partnership that has kept OSN’s loyal subscribers entertained with incredible access to new and classic movies from the MGM stable.

MGM not only owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content, but also every Bond film ever made. This continued partnership, allows subscribers to continue to enjoy the entire James Bond film library from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions and MGM, from 1962’s Dr No to the 24th adventure, Spectre, making OSN the number one choice for Bond fans in the region. The alliance also gives viewers the opportunity to enjoy over 175 Academy Award winning films including 14 Best Pictures from the prestigious studio. All these and more, will be available for OSN subscribers across all platforms, including OSN’s the award-winning catch-up service OSN Play, and Go online TV service.

David Butorac, Chief Executive Officer of OSN, said: “For over 90 years, MGM has been representing the best in world-class cinema and entertainment. OSN is proud to deliver MGM’s compelling content – both through record breaking movies and smash-hit TV series – exclusively to our subscribers in the region.”

Butorac added, “Clearly, in movie and series content, OSN has surged way ahead in the industry through such long-term partnerships, and we continue to firmly make our mark as the entertainment destination that delivers the widest choice of channels, the deepest archive of international film and TV and with a continued dedication to new and exclusive content. By continually forging new deals and maintaining our relationships with all the top studios in Hollywood, our subscribers experience an unrivalled level of high-quality entertainment straight to their homes or on the go.”

“We are thrilled to extend and expand our longstanding partnership with OSN,” said Chris Ottinger, President of Worldwide Television Distribution and Acquisitions, MGM. “We look forward to continue providing OSN customers access to not only a selection of our theatrical first-run titles, but our classic library and future first-run TV series and mini-series.”

The new long-term deal marks the next level in the partnership between the two industry leaders. OSN will now have first and second pay window rights for MGM movies including its vast library of classic movies.

Award-winning titles in MGM’s extensive portfolio include: the “Rocky” franchise, Annie Hall (1977), Platoon (1986), Rain Man (1988), The Princess Bride (1988), Dances With Wolves (1990), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and the “Stargate” franchise among others. Hit films from the MGM catalogue include Creed, Poltergeist, Max, and Hercules.

The roster of new movies from MGM is equally impressive. OSN subscribers will be able to watch upcoming movies such as How To Be Single, Barbershop The Next Cut, Me Before You, Ben-Hur, and The Magnificent Seven.

OSN also has first-access for over-the-top rights to MGM movies on OSN Play, the catch-up platform for anytime, anywhere entertainment, and GO Online TV by OSN. All future first-run TV series and mini-series from MGM will reach MENA first and exclusively for OSN subscribers.

The long-term agreement with MGM further reinforces OSN as the first stop for all global movie and TV series in the region exclusively. OSN has the most comprehensive portfolio of exclusive rights from all the major studios including Warner Brothers, Paramount, Fox, Disney, Sony, MGM, NBC Universal, HBO and DreamWorks, among others.

OSN recently announced the launch of seven new channels – BBC First HD, OSN First HD Home of HBO, OSN Ya Hala Cinema HD, OSN Movies Family HD, H2, Discovery Family and IDX – with more premium and exclusive high definition channels to come on board over the next few months.