Qatar-based pay TV provider BeIN Media Group has signed a five-year multi-million dollar output deal with Italia Film International, whereby beIN will acquire over 600 movie titles from studios including Disney.
Italia Film International is the exclusive distributor of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucas Films movies in the Middle East, and also has exclusive distribution relationships with Dreamworks, Film Nation, The Weinstein Company, Arclight and Lotus Entertainment. The company has expanded its distribution business to Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh in recent years.
The deal with beIN, which it describes as the biggest output deal to date in the Middle East, covers movies including John Wick 2 with Keanu Reeves, Hologram for a King with Tom Hanks, Silent Wife with Nicole Kidman, Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight, Unlocked with Michael Douglas, Noomi Rapace and Orlando Bloom and The Current War with Benedict Cumberbatch.
“This is the most significant deal for Italia Films as it positions us as a major force across various content platforms. beIN is an ideal partner for Italia Films as beIN has proven to be a major force in pay TV industry in MENA. beIN’s entry into entertainment content will create value for it’s subscribers throughout this region. We are proud to be part of their aggressive expansion drive.” Said Giuseppe Vincenti, CEO & Partner, Italia Film International.
”beIN is committed to bringing the best family entertainment to it’s subscribers throughout MENA. This deal with Italia Film gives beIN access to leading Hollywood content. We are aware of Italia Film ability to secure very prominent Hollywood content assets and hence we are confident that through this deal we will be able to bring major Hollywood blockbusters exclusively to beIN subscribers,” said Yousef Al-Obaidly, deputy CEO of beIN Media Group.