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Electus International Closes Over 100 Hours In Multi-title Deal With Sony Pictures Television Networks' AXN Black

September 19, 2013


Six shows added to the newly announced channel LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), today announces that its global distribution arm, Electus International, has sold six programs to AXN Black, a new channel from Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks, for Central Europe. This marks the first major deal with SPT Networks for Electus International in Central Europe.

The deal will include more than 100 hours of programming, featuring the following titles:

-- Dog and Beth: On the Hunt -- The Hero -- Car Lot Rescue -- Duck Commander -- Meat Eater -- Unsealed Conspiracy.

Launching in October 2013, AXN Black will offer scripted and unscripted action series to countries across Central Europe including Poland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

"We are excited to partner with Sony Pictures Television Networks to provide some of our most popular programming to viewers across Central Europe," says Diego Piasek, Executive Director at Electus International. "AXN Black will be an ideal partner to reach the market's audience seeking fast paced and thrilling television programs."

Dog and Beth: On the Hunt currently airs in the USA on CMT Sundays at 8:00 PM Eastern Time. The network recently picked up an additional 11 episodes, bringing the reality show's freshman season to 22 episodes. Through 11 premieres, the show, starring bounty hunters 'Dog' and Beth Chapman, averaged 713,000 total viewers, currently making it CMT's top series of 2013.

The Hero, a reality competition series starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson challenges 10 competitors morally, physically and mentally to see if they have what it takes to be heroes. Domestically airing on TNT, the show drew more than 1.5 million viewers for its June premiere.

About Electus Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world, including: broadcast, cable, digital, OTT and various emerging technologies. The company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and advertisers to be true partners in campaigns and content creation. Electus International, the global distribution arm of Electus, is responsible for all international sales and distribution for Electus' programming and its studio partners as well as programs and formats from other well-known third party providers. Electus is an operating business of IAC [NASDAQ: IACI]. For more information on Electus, visit

About Sony Pictures Television Sony Pictures Television (, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, around the world and for a multitude of platforms. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 14 countries and also maintains offices in 33 countries. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 840 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net, premier horror/thriller website and VOD service FEARnet and national U.S media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including FEARnet, and PlayStation.

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High10 Media Erin Meegan (212) 918-2047

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