MGM Signs Multiyear Pay TV Deal With Turkey's D-Smart

4:58 AM PST 11/28/2013 by Scott Roxborough
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Peter Jackson's three "Hobbit" films are part of the D-Smart deal.

The operator of thematic channels across satellite TV and digital platforms takes exclusive rights to such titles as the "Hobbit" trilogy and horror remake "Carrie," along with multiple library films.

MGM's MGM International Television Distribution unit has signed a multiyear pay TV content deal with Dogan TV's Turkish pay TV operator D-Smart.

The agreement provides exclusive rights in Turkey for new and library titles from the extensive MGM library. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

The agreement will include current and upcoming features, among them all three titles in Peter Jackson's new Hobbit trilogy, which MGM and New Line Cinema produced with Warner Bros. as distributor, horror remake Carrie, and Tommy Wirkola's action fantasy Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton.

The deal also includes access to MGM's library with such films as Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and Federico Fellini's classic Roma (1972).

D-Smart, which offers thematic channels across numerous satellite and digital platforms in Turkey, will also have mobile and over-the-top distribution rights in the region for the MGM films.

Turkey is a fast-growing market that has attracted more attention from media and entertainment companies.

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