Amsterdam – November 30, 2012 – FOX International Channels (FIC) and Eredivisie Media & Marketing CV (EMM) announced the formation of a long term partnership. Today, the Dutch Competition Authority (NMa) approved the proposed partnership and the parties have formally completed FIC’s acquisition of a 51% stake in EMM.
EMM is the media company established by the 18 clubs of the Dutch Premier League (Eredivisie), Endemol and KNVB (Dutch National Football Association) and is responsible for exploiting the collective media and sponsorship rights on behalf of Eredivisie.
Hernan Lopez, President and CEO of FOX International Channels, said, “We are looking forward to working with Eredivisie, KNVB and Endemol and leveraging the respective strengths of our partners to further develop the interests of the Dutch Premier Football League.”
Frank Carrere, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development for FOX International Channels, noted, “With our investments in Latin America, Asia, Africa and now Europe, FIC has secured a leadership position in key TV markets with substantial growth potential while furthering News Corporation’s commitment to delivering an unsurpassed sports viewing experience to consumers across the globe.”
Frank Rutten & Alex Tielbeke, both Managing Directors of EMM also added, “This is a tremendous opportunity for the Dutch clubs and our fans. Having a powerful partner like FIC join us, demonstrates great confidence in the organization and appreciation for what we have achieved to date. Together, we will build on our past success with ‘Eredivisie Live’ and will build an even stronger foundation for Dutch football going forward.”
About Eredivisie Media & Marketing CV
In the context of the collective exploitation of live TV rights, Eredivisie unanimously decided on March 10, 2008 to take a new direction, and chose to set up their own football (soccer) channel in cooperation with Endemol: Eredivisie Live. During the 2010/11 season, the KNVB also joined the EMM partnership. The goal of EMM is to increase the number of people connected to Eredivisie, increase engagement of content across platforms and optimize the commercial exploitation of media rights and sponsorship rights, for and on behalf of the eighteen Dutch Premier League clubs.
About FOX International Channels
FOX International Channels Benelux (FIC Benelux) distributes the National Geographic Channel and the digital channels 24Kitchen, Nat Geo Wild and FOX Life in the Benelux region. FOX International Channels is News Corporation’s international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 300+ wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports and movie channels across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 44 languages. These networks and their related online, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1.3 billion cumulative households worldwide. FIC is dedicated to delivering high quality content to its global viewers. We acquire, develop, produce and co-produce scripted and non-scripted programming including, most recently, the Golden Globes nominated and hit series The Walking Dead. FIC owns and operates four production studios around the world and is responsible for the creation of thousands of hours of localized programming annually.
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