CBS PARAMOUNT INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND MIDDLE EAST BROADCASTING CENTER SOLDIFY MULTI-YEAR PROGRAMMING DEAL
Hollywood, CA - CBS Paramount International Television and Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) have concluded a multi-year deal for new and returning programs.
"MBC has been a great partner with our CBS News programming and daily strip shows such as DR. PHIL and THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW and we are pleased to be able to expand this relationship," commented Armando Nuñez, Jr., President CBS Paramount International Television.
"We are delighted to conclude this deal with CBS Paramount," said Tim Riordan, Group TV Director, MBC. "It means that we have secured new CBS shows for years to come on a first to television basis and it means that viewers in the Middle East will be able to see these shows soon after they come out in the U.S. It also confirms our long term relationship with THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW."
This arrangement includes current and future series from CBS Paramount International Television through the duration of the deal. Therefore, MBC will continue to air such popular shows as NCIS, MEDIUM and NUMB3RS. LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN will be moving to MBC as part of this agreement. The new programs included in this deal are the series currently being featured at the L.A. Screenings including HARPER'S ISLAND, WORST WEEK, THE CLEANER and the highly anticipated 90210. Additionally, THE DOCTORS, which is scheduled to premiere in the U.S. this fall, has also now found a home in the Middle East with MBC.
In 1991, the Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC) was established in London as the first pan-Arab, free-to-air satellite channel. Now based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, MBC Group consists of MBC1 (general family entertainment), MBC2 (24-hour movies), MBC3 (children's entertainment), MBC4 (entertainment for new Arab women), MBC ACTION (action series and movies) & Al Arabiya (the 24-hour Arabic language news channel). In addition, MBC Group owns two radio channels: MBC FM (Gulf music) & Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music), O3 Productions and Middle East News. MBC is a global media group enriching people's lives through information, interaction and entertainment.
CBS Paramount International Television is one of the leading suppliers of programming to the international television marketplace, drawing from a catalog of over 70,000 hours. Programming from CPITV can be seen in over 200 countries, in more than 30 languages and across multiple media platforms. Additionally, the Division supervises the development and production of television programming customized for the international marketplace, produces product with international partners and participates in international channel ventures. CPITV offers programming from CBS Paramount Network Television, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS News and the recently created CBS Films. CBS Paramount International Television is a division of CBS Corporation.
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