Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) has signed a multiyear pay-per-view deal with DIRECTV Japan, providing the digital platform with the non-exclusive pay-per-view rights to a slate of upcoming feature films, it was announced today by Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television and Larry D. Hunter, Chairman of DIRECTV in Japan.
The deal, which was negotiated on behalf of WBITD by Matthew Robinson, Vice President, Business Development, Asia, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, features an initial slate of feature films from Warner Bros. that includes "Contact," "Conspiracy Theory," "Father's Day," "Fire Down Below" and "Addicted to Love."
"We are pleased to announce our pay-per-view deal with DIRECTV in Japan," said Schlesinger. "We have great confidence that this business will grow quickly and create a new stream of meaningful revenues for our features films in the near future."
"For 75 years Warner Bros. has been producing timeless classic films like 'Casablanca,' 'Bonnie and Clyde,' 'Chariots of Fire,' 'Camelot,' 'Giant,' 'Citizen Kane' and 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,'" said Hunter. "Its industry 'firsts' include the first sound feature ('Don Juan' in 1926), the first talkie ('The Jazz Singer' in 1927) and the first one hundred percent talkie ('Light of New York' in 1928). Warner Bros. continues its leadership today with the best and the highest quality movies - and DIRECTV is proud to be able to bring Warner Bros.' outstanding films to the TV viewers of Japan."
DIRECTV is the world's leading satellite digital broadcast platform and has acquired over 3.9 million subscribers in the U.S. and over 380,000 in 12 countries in Latin America. In Japan, DIRECTV JAPAN MANAGEMENT, INC. launched its service in December 1997. Building on the success in the U.S. and Latin America and by offering carefully selected, high-quality