MGM strikes exclusive deal with Star TV

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HONG KONG -- Star TV has entered into an exclusive output agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (MGM). Under the multi-year agreement, Star TV will exclusively broadcast new theatrical product from both MGM and United Artists, in addition to a selection of library titles.

The agreement represents the first output deal for feature films MGM has signed with any pay-TV service in Asia since it withdrew its MGM Gold branded channel from the territory earlier this year.

Star TV CEO Gary Davey says, "MGM is an important studio and we are delighted to add that company's output to the Star Movies' line-up. In addition to the unrivaled Bond franchise, MGM continues to deliver high quality theatrical titles with international appeal."

Commenting from Los Angeles, Jim Griffiths, president of international TV distribution at MGM Networks, adds that Star TV "will provide a significant outlet for MGM film product. We are pleased to renew our presence in the region while helping meet Asia's strong demand for high quality Hollywood programming by offering MGM film product to its discerning pay television subscribers."

Star TV is a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation Ltd. and offers both subscription and free-to-air TV services, reaching more than 260 million people across Asia, India and the Middle East, through services such as Channel [V], the Phoenix Chinese Channel, and Star Movies.

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