EDMONTON, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Allarco Entertainment announced today
the signing of a long-term pay television agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Studios Inc. to air the latest feature films, original movies and television
series from MGM and United Artists on Superchannel, Canada's new national
English-language pay television network.
Set to launch on October 19, Superchannel will offer viewers the entire
Rocky catalogue in high definition, including Rocky Balboa, the sixth and
final installment of the franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. The studio's
recent releases such as Flyboys, Home of Brave and Material Girls will also be
available on the network.
"MGM's commitment and long history of providing high-quality
entertainment is an excellent example of the level of programming viewers will
be able to experience on Superchannel," said Sandy Perkins, Superchannel, Vice
President programming. "This agreement is the first of many announcements
leading up to our national launch."
"It's exciting for us to be working with Allarco Entertainment," said
Susan Hummel, Senior Vice President, North American Television Distribution,
MGM. "We look forward to the launch of Superchannel and are pleased to offer
Canadian viewers our exciting new slate of films and classic titles from our
Viewers will be able to enjoy the entire "Species" franchise in HD,
including the latest installment "Species: The Awakening." Superchannel will
also air the exclusive Canadian premiere of "War Games II" in November, and
"Dead Like Me," a new movie based on the Showtime series. The MGM and Allarco
relationship will also include several upcoming MGM television series
releases, including "Spaceballs: The Animated Series," "Pink Panther and
Pals," and "Barbershop: The Series."
Superchannel is Canada's only national pay television network, consisting
of two new HD channels, four new SD channels, and an SVOD platform, giving
viewers what they want, when they want. Superchannel's vision is to reinvent
Pay TV in Canada by offering viewers something new to see every single day.
Superchannel is owned by Allarco Entertainment, an Edmonton-based media
About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries is actively
engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures,
television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed
merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films,
comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc.,
Ventanazul, MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM
Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc.,
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM
Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In
addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching
nearly 110 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners
(29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ
Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more
information, visit www.mgm.com.
For further information:
For further information: For Superchannel, Sylvie Powell, (613)
290-1497; For MGM, Jeff Pryor, Executive Vice President/Corporate
Communications, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., (310) 449-3446