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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION NETWORKS EXPANDS GERMAN PORTFOLIO
  • Sony Entertainment Television channel to debut in Spring
  • 05 February 2013 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks announced today that it will launch a German version of its channel, Sony Entertainment Television, for the first time. The new channel will broadcast in Germany from Spring 2013 following a carriage deal brokered between SPT Networks Germany and Deutsche Telekom. Sony Entertainment Television will be part of Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV Service, Entertain.

    Sony Entertainment Television in Germany will be a contemporary channel primarily targeting women over 30. It will offer quality dramas, comedies and blockbuster movies from the US and Europe.

    Bettina Hermann, network director, SPT Networks Germany, said: “Sony Entertainment Television is one of SPT’s leading global channel brands and we are very proud to bring it to Germany with Deutsche Telekom. Like all our channels here, the schedule will be tailored for the German speaking audience, with US blockbuster and first run series as well as high quality European and German telefilms. Moreover, with its mainly female target, Sony Entertainment Television will broaden the reach of our portfolio.”

    Kate Marsh, senior vice president, SPT Networks, Western Europe, said: “With the addition of SET we will be operating our three complementary channel brands in one of Europe’s biggest television markets. Building our reach here is an ongoing priority, as well as continuing to expand our German language portfolio in Austria and Switzerland.”

    SPT Networks’ German portfolio also includes the action and entertainment channel, AXN (also in HD), and the animé and lifestyle channel, Animax. Both achieved double digit subscription growth in 2012 and are available to audiences in Germany, Austria and Switzerland via cable, satellite and IPTV.

    SPT Networks channel portfolio currently reaches more than 800 million subscribers around the globe, with the Sony Entertainment Television brand operating in territories across Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

    For more information please contact:

    Mark Macdonald, Sony Pictures Television
    Mark_macdonald@spe.sony.com
    +44 20 7533 1363

    Cristina Dunn, Premier
    cristina.dunn@premiercomms.com
    +44 20 7292 8330

    Sony Pictures Television
    Sony Pictures Television ( http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, around the world and for a multitude of platforms. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 15 countries outside the U.S. and also maintains offices in 33 countries. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 800 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net, premier horror/thriller website and VOD service FEARnet and national U.S media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including FEARnet, DrOz.com and PlayStation.