Thomson to manage international network distribution services for NBC Universal
July 16, 2008
Thomson’s Technicolor Services division has completed a long-term agreement for Technicolor to provide NBC Universal with international broadcast distribution and media management services. Additionally, Technicolor has acquired NBC Universal's broadcast distribution center in Denver.
As a leading global provider of managed services for the CME industries, the Technicolor Services division delivers best-in-class managed services with operational excellence in content creation, management and distribution.
Under the terms of the service agreement, Technicolor will manage the preparation and international distribution of a total of 31 NBC Universal channels, 19 of which will be managed from the Denver facility and the balance managed from existing Technicolor facilities in London, Paris and Singapore, with the expectation for significant growth tied to the global expansion of NBC Universal's Global Networks.
In total, Technicolor will manage the preparation and distribution of 23 channels out of the Denver facility: the 19 Hallmark channels owned by NBC Universal throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America; the two East and West Coast channels of the Hallmark Channel in the United States owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings; and the two Altitude Sports Network channels, a regional cable TV sports network operated by KSE Media Ventures.
This transaction marks Technicolor's first broadcast facility in the United States and provides Technicolor with an excellent base for continued growth throughout North and South America. In addition, this enhances its ability to deliver global managed services for the preparation, management and broadcast distribution of multiple forms of content for a wide range of new and existing clients, including media companies, content owners and channel operators. It also marks the expansion of a successful long-term relationship with NBC Universal in Europe and Asia.
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