SBS acquires Dutch rights to MGM titles

Exclusive free-to-air deal signed for movies, TV shows

LONDON -- Pan-European broadcast group SBS Broadcasting has signed an exclusive free-to-air deal for MGM movies and TV shows in the Netherlands including such titles as "Quantum of Solace," "Valkyrie," "Rocky Balboa" and TV show "Spaceballs" for its three channels Net 5, SBS6 and Veronica.

The agreement was announced by Rozan Hamaker, head of acquisitions for SBS Broadcasting, and Gary Marenzi, co-president of worldwide television at MGM.

SBS now has rights to air all the Bond and Rocky movies, as well as titles including "Pink Panther II," "Silence of the Lambs" and "Lions for Lambs."

"SBS Broadcasting has always been a valued partner of MGM," Marenzi said. "With this new exclusive contract, both parties are ensured of further benefits -- all three of the SBS channels will benefit from MGM's vast selection of quality feature films and television programming in the years to come and MGM's programming will reach the widest possible audience in the Netherlands."
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