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Starzplay brings DC series to MENA region with Warner Bros deal

SVOD Starzplay has announced a multi-year agreement with WarnerMedia’s Warner Bros. in a deal which will bring its hit DC series to the MENA region for the first time.

For the first time, viewers in the region will have access to series such as Batwoman, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing and the Harley Quinn animated show. A statement from the SVOD notes that some episodes will air “just hours after they premiere in the US.”

In addition, other Warner shows such as The O.C., Fringe and Two and a Half Men will also be available.

The service is available in 20 countries across the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, and offers its one million subscribers more than 10,000 hours of content.

Maaz Sheikh, co-founder and CEO of Starzplay, said: “We have enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Warner Bros. over the last few years and this new deal takes our association a leap further. This is yet another milestone achievement for us that underlines our commitment to offer unparalleled and exceptional entertainment to our subscribers.  Warner Bros. is one of the leading premium Hollywood studios and we are proud to deliver their high-quality content including much sought-after DC series to the region.”

Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, said: “We are pleased to be expanding our existing relationship with Starzplay, exemplifying our commitment to the Middle East market. This long-term deal means that STARZPLAY will continue to be the digital home for a great selection of our new and classic television series for years to come.”

This is the latest distribution deal announced by Starzplay following an arrangement with Lionsgate that was signed in February. That deal will see Lionsgate films available to Starzplay subscribers in the UK six months after they have first been on Amazon Prime Video.