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ION Media Networks & Sony Pictures Television ink TV programming deal

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MUMBAI: US-based ION Media Networks, Inc. and Sony Pictures Television have announced a programming agreement that provides ION with the rights to broadcast dozens of classic television series and a large selection of award-winning feature films from the Sony library on the i television network, reaching over 90 million homes. 

"This agreement reflects our strategy of strengthening our i network's programming schedule with popular series and theatrical hits with proven audience appeal," says ION Media Networks CEO Brandon Burgess. "We look forward to working with Sony on developing a compelling entertainment line-up that continues to appeal to our current audience, while attracting new viewers to the network."

"The i network and its stations will benefit from a wide variety of titles from our extensive library of television series and feature films, which have proven to deliver audiences," adds Sony Pictures Television president distribution John Weiser. "We are pleased to be in partnership with ION, helping them grow and making them a destination for great programming."Under the terms of the agreement, ION will have access to many of SPT's most popular TV series from the last three decades, including Charlie's Angels, Starsky & Hutch, The Partridge Family, The Monkees and Silver Spoons, among others.

In addition, titles from Sony's extensive library of theatrical films will be available to ION, including A River Runs Through It, Oliver!, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Short Circuit and many more.

"We are pleased to have access to Sony's diverse collection of movies and classic TV shows," says ION SVP of programming and strategic planning Stacey Nagel Galper. "We will begin scheduling the Sony movies on the i network this month, with plans to launch the television series in August."

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