It was announced earlier today that the new WWE DVD and Blu-ray distributor for the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa will be FremantleMedia Enterprises.
It was announced in the press release, that the deal will begin in January 2013 (after the Silver Vision deal expires) and gives FremantleMedia Enterprises the rights for all new and existing content.
The press release also confirms that Fremantle will begin with releasing the titles Silver Vision has not released: Night of Champions 2012, The Attitude Era, Hell in a Cell 2012 and The Top 100 Moments in Raw History.
Additionally the new distribution deal has provisions for content to be delivered digitally. This will mark the first time in which WWE content has been delivered digitally in these markets.
You can read the full press release below:
LONDON/NEW YORK, 19 NOVEMBER, 2012: FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) today announced a major new distribution agreement with WWE (NYSE:WWE) for the exclusive home entertainment rights to WWE’s catalogue of programming across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
The deal goes into effect in January of 2013 and will see FME manage the DVD, Blu-ray and digital rights for all new and existing WWE content, making it the first time that fans of WWE’s popular programming can access it digitally across EMEA. Some of the new titles that will be released include Night of Champions 2012, Hell in a Cell 2012, Top 100 Raw Moments, Attitude Era and WrestleMania 29.
WWE is a recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family-friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 600 million homes worldwide.
Pete Kalhan, SVP Home Entertainment & Archive EMEA, FME, commented, “WWE is an incredibly strong and ever-growing brand with a huge and extremely dedicated global fan base. The brand has a rich history and has performed exceptionally well on DVD for many years. We look forward to working with WWE to grow all aspects of their home entertainment catalogue and are particularly excited about introducing the content to the masses across EMEA via digital platforms.”
“WWE is pleased to partner with FremantleMedia Enterprises on the digital and retail distribution of our content in EMEA,” said Casey Collins, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products for WWE. “FME’s broad retail reach will allow us to place more WWE content across all channels where our fans shop.”
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