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Coronation Street Stays With TVNZ

Published: Wed 15 Oct 2008 03:03 PM
ITV Global Entertainment Ltd And TVNZ Renew Output Deal
Cannes, 13 October – New Zealand's public broadcaster TVNZ and ITV Global Entertainment ltd, the company which combines the recently merged Granada International and Granada Ventures businesses, have renewed the output deal between the two companies. The multi-genre, multi-year agreement will see the UK's longest running soap Coronation Street remain on TVNZ's flagship channel TV ONE.
Brokered by Augustus Dulgaro, SVP Sales Australia, New Zealand and Japan at ITV Global Entertainment ltd and Jeff Latch, Head of Television at TVNZ and the deal was confirmed today at MIPCOM.
Dulgaro comments, "It's great to build on our long standing relationship with our friends at TVNZ. Among the many titles that work well for them, are our long running series such as Emmerdale, Heartbeat and The Jeremy Kyle Show and we're very pleased to be able to continue to supply these shows as part of this deal. "
Latch at TVNZ adds, "We're delighted to confirm the extension of our output agreement with ITV Global Entertainment, particularly as this has secured the rights for Coronation Street for our loyal viewers. There are also some exciting new titles included in the deal such as the two-part drama Lost in Austen, the six-part drama Time of Your Life."
Jane Wilson, General Manager of Programming at TVNZ says "the deal brings long term stability and consistency to the schedule. It allows us to provide a range of quality programming from popular broad appeal entertainment such as TV2's Hell's Kitchen and TV ONE's Trinny and Susannah franchise, to a range of acclaimed television features for the prestigious Sunday Theatre strand."
Notes for Editors:
ITV Global Entertainment ltd The international distribution arm for ITV's theatrical, video, TV, publishing, consumer products and networks which combines the recently merged Granada International and Granada Ventures businesses is led by Peter Iacono, President and Managing Director of ITV Global Entertainment ltd. Selling thousands of hours of programming, from ITV Productions and many other independent producers, to more than 200 countries worldwide and with more than 250 licensees throughout 70 countries, the distribution arm is part of ITV's Global Content Division uniting all of ITV's UK and international production and content businesses.
About TVNZ
TVNZ is New Zealand's biggest free-to-air broadcaster and is also the nation's television public broadcaster. TVNZ operates four channels, TV ONE and TV2, and another two digital-only channels, TVNZ 6 and TVNZ 7, which are broadcast through the Freeview platform. TVNZ also operates a website, www.tvnz.co.nz, and an online "catch up TV" service called TVNZ ondemand.
The TVNZ Charter provides a guide to its broadcasting responsibilities and makes it clear that TVNZ's role is to reflect and explore what it means to be a New Zealander. To New Zealanders this unique and special responsibility means quality television that educates, informs and entertains through local home grown programming and the best of international programming.
ENDS

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