LOVEFiLM announced that it has agreed to a UK distribution deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) to enable its members to watch MGM titles online and on Internet-enabled devices through the LOVEFiLM Player.
Unedited press release follows:
LOVEFiLM Strikes Major Digital Deal with MGM
LOVEFiLM Player adds movie giant to catalogue
LONDON–LOVEFiLM, Europe’s leading provider of premium content on demand or by mail, has agreed to a major UK distribution deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) to enable its members to watch MGM titles online and on Internet-enabled devices through the LOVEFiLM Player.
MGM boasts one of the largest film libraries of any Hollywood studio and the agreement sees LOVEFiLM bolster its digital streaming offering with a selection of top titles.
Simon Calver, CEO of LOVEFiLM commented: “We’re delighted to bring MGM’s legendary content to LOVEFiLM. With over 85 years making top quality movies, the MGM stable will be a notable addition to our expanding ‘Watch Online’ service. With the digital revolution underway, our opportunity for growth is huge and the addition of MGM titles is a substantial development in enhancing our digital catalogue.”
Gary Marenzi, Co-President, MGM World Television, said: “LOVEFiLM has put together an attractive offering for British audiences and MGM is pleased to be working with them to grow the on demand markets with some of the most passionate movie lovers in the world.”
MGM Classics will be available to LOVEFiLM members as part of their subscription including the multi-Oscar winning films West Side Story and The Apartment as well as the original 1974 BAFTA-nominated The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, among other award-winning films. New MGM releases will be available to access instantly on a transactional basis.
In a little over 6 years LOVEFiLM has become the leading European film subscription service combining the benefits of DVD rental by mail and watching movies online via the LOVEFiLM Player (on the PC or streamed to the TV). Customers can therefore choose how they want to watch from a selection of over 67,000 titles, including HD/Blu-ray DVDs, video games and digital streaming. LOVEFiLM has over 1.4 million members and operates in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany.
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., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, 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 120 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 http://www.mgm.com.