StarzPlay, Fremantle Ink Distribution Deal

StarzPlay, the Lionsgate-owned subscription streaming service operating outside the United States, has signed a distribution deal with Fremantle, a British television content and production/distribution subsidiary of Bertelsmann’s RTL Group.

The pact includes Fremantle’s crime series “Baghdad Central,” based on the novel by Elliott Colla; and “The Luminaries,” a drama series starring Eva Green and Eve Hewson, and based on the novel by Eleanor Catton.

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The deal also includes psychological thriller “Dublin Murders,” adapted from Tana French’s first two novels in the crime series.

Starz Play Arabia launched in 2015 in 17 countries. It now operates as Star Play with more than 8 million subscribers.

“Since we first launched, we have always retained a focus on the provision of in-demand, watchable content for our subscribers and this latest partnership is testament to that commitment,” CEO Maaz Sheikh said in a statement.

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Anahita Kheder, SVP for the Middle East, Africa and South Eastern Europe, International, at Fremantle, said StarzPlay has become one of top platforms in the MENA region for showcasing in-demand programming.

“We are very much aligned with Starz Play’s goals, making them the perfect home for these high-end titles,” Kheder said. “Their audiences will soon be able to enjoy the compelling characters and powerful storylines that these series offer.”

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