Since EM.TV head Werner Klatten sold his 24.8% stake in the troubled company to European investment firm Constant Ventures II, EM.TV has made several big acquisition and distribution announcements. These deals along with the announcement of a waiver agreement with 94.22% of the company's former bondholders is seen as a positive sign of the stabilization of the embattled production and licensing firm.
EM.TV signed a deal to acquire international distribution rights to RTV Ent.'s content. The pact allows EM.TV to market RTV programming on an exclusive basis everywhere except Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. Already, EM.TV has stuck a deal with Austrian broadcaster ORF for RTV's ROBOROACH, which is included in the overall 169 half-hour episode deal with the network. Other RTV animated properties include FIX & FOXI, URMEL, MALO KORRIGAN and DRAGON HUNTERS.
Additionally, EM.TV has sealed a wide-ranging program contract with French pay-TV kids channel group TPS Jeunesse, which includes the acquisition of a total of 520 half-hour programs both old and new. For new programming, TPS Jeunesse will hold the first option on cable and satellite rights. The license area extends across France, as well as European and African French-speaking countries, and will allow TPS Jeunesse to air EM.TVs programs on its channels TELETOON (and its multiplexe TELETOON +1), EUREKA! and PIWI.
As well, EM.TV and Irish free-TV station TG4, Dublin, have agreed a four-year extension to their volume contract signed in April 2000. As part of the deal, TG4 will select a further 588 half-hour programs from EM.TVs program library and will retain exclusive free-TV rights to these programs in Ireland. TG4 has been screening a two-hour block of programs from the EM.TV library, as part of its Cúla4 childrens slot, every day since April 2000. Programs in the block include co-productions FLIPPER & LOPAKA, RAINBOWFISH and COCCO BILL.
EM.TV & Merchandising AG produces programs for children and youth markets, handles the worldwide distribution of TV rights and the marketing of merchandising rights. With around 26,000 half-hour episodes of entertainment for children and youth markets, the companys library is among the worlds largest. EM.TV is attending MIP-TV and will be located at booth R29.01. For more information, visit www.em-ag.de.