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MGM and NBC ally for distribution deal

MGM and NBC Enterprises and Syndication have signed a multi-year deal, under which MGM will distribute all NBC Studios programming across all territories outside of North America.

Effective immediately, MGM will handle the sales and distribution of all of NBC's current and future programming, including Will & Grace, Providence, Profiler, DAG, Three Sisters and Passions.

Also included in the deal is a complete library component, TVMs, mini-series, specials and the Teen NBC offerings.

MGM will use its TV distribution arms in Los Angeles, London, Sydney, and Atlanta to effectively distribute the NBC product.

NBC Enterprises will continue to represent NBC News, NBC Sports, latenight and formats.

{This is an extraordinary combination of two of the most recognised entertainment brands in the world and a tribute to MGM's international television distribution strength,{ said Jim Griffiths, president of worldwide TV distribution.

{MGM's unparalleled collection of modern films and NBC's winning programming create a compelling blend of assets that gives us a great strategic advantage in the international TV distribution arena.{

{The international business has changed significantly over the last couple of years and it became clear to us that we needed a strong partner going forward,{ added Jerry Petry, executive vp at NBC Enterprises and Syndication.

{As we look to the future, we believe MGM is a perfect strategic partner for NBC as we grow our international business,{ said Wilson.

{The opportunity to work with a company that has product the caliber of the MGM movie library was too good to pass up. This partnership is a win-win for both companies.{

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