World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. Secures New Terrestrial Television Deals in Germany and Japan
"Our new terrestrial deals in Germany and Japan complement and greatly enhance our existing output deals on the Pay-TV platforms in each of those territories," said Whitaker. "We have a branded television product that generates a worldwide presence, and we are confident we will further enhance our brand with additional sales at MIP."
Recent deals for WWEÔ include:
* WWE has sold WWE SmackDown!Ô - 1 hour x 52 weeks to Tele5, the new free-to-air broadcaster. Tele5 is part of the Telemunchen Group and currently has a reach of 29 million homes in Germany.
* WWE has renewed a deal with Premiere for five of its shows, including WWE RawÒ, WWE HeatÔ, WWE: The Bottom LineÔ, WWE VelocityÔ, and WWE ConfidentialÔ. (5 first run hours per week)
* Additionally, the company has also launched pay-per-view on the Premiere platform with 12 events scheduled through 2003.
* Fuji TV, the Japanese free-to-air broadcaster, has acquired WWE SmackDown! - 1 hour x 52 weeks.
* Continuing to build upon the success of the brand on JSkySports in recent years, WWE has just renewed a 10-hour per week 3-year deal with eight of its leading titles, including WWE Raw, WWE SmackDown!, WWE Heat, and WWE Velocity.
* Additionally in Japan, WWE just launched PPV in the market with Sky Perfect.
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