MGM Channel heads East

Enters into several new carriage deals

LONDON -- The MGM Channel has boosted its distribution in Eastern Europe with new carriage deals in Serbia, Albania and Macedonia, MGM Networks executive vp Bruce Tuchman said Monday.

The channel -- already carried in Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia -- has added about a dozen cable and satellite operators in the new territories, with Tuchman predicting even more expansion.

"While only a few markets in this region now remain untapped for us, we are very excited about the prospects for continued rapid subscriber growth across these burgeoning multichannel television landscapes, as well as our future expansion opportunities," Tuchman said.