via press release:
FOX SPORTS LATIN AMERICA ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO THE ITALIAN SERIE A
The unit of Fox International Channels signs a multi-year partnership with MP&Silva, the exclusive licensor of Italy’s prestigious soccer league covering both Spanish-Speaking countries and Brazil
Rio De Janeiro – January 30th, 2012 – Fox Sports Latin America and MP&Silva, the exclusive international distributor of media rights for the Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie A (the “Italian League”) through 2015, have signed an exclusive sublicensing agreement for all Serie A matches in all media throughout Latin America and Brazil, starting with the 2012/2013 season.
“We are thrilled to have secured the rights to one of the most prestigious soccer leagues in the world”, said Carlos Martinez, President, Fox International Channels Latin America. “As we get ready to launch Fox Sports in Brazil with exclusive cable and satellite rights to Copa Santander Libertadores, in the second half of the year we will have an even stronger lineup, adding the Italian Serie A to Copa Bridgestone Sudamericana and Barclays Premier League.”
“Italian Serie A is one of the most valuable assets of MP & Silva and we are very proud to partner with Fox to take it to Latin American and Brazilian audiences”, said Carlo Pozzali, MP&Silva, CEO Americas. “As the Italian football clubs are the home of many successful Brazilian and Argentinean players, I am sure that fans will be pleased to be able to watch their idols in the run-up to the World Cup”, he added.
"The ties between Latin American soccer and Italian soccer run deep, with over 100 Latin American players competing in Serie A including Alexandre Pato, Robinho, Julio Cesar and Maicon from Brazil, Javier Zanetti, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Rodrigo Palacio and Fernando Gago from Argentina, Diego Forlán and Edinson Cavani from Uruguay, Pablo Armero and Mario Yepes from Colombia, Arturo Vidal, Mauricio Pinilla, David Pizarro and Pablo Osvaldo from Chile, Juan Manuel Vargas from Perú, Rafael Romo from Venezuela, and Marcelo Estigarribia from Paraguay among many others.
About Fox Sports Latin America
Fox Sports is the leading sports cable television network in Latin America. The 24/7 network reaches more than 33 million homes in 19 countries across the region. Focusing on sports-related programming including live events, sports news, sports talk shows and other original contents; Copa Santander Libertadores, UEFA Champions League, English Premier League and Formula One are some of the network’s highlights. Fox Sports is owned by FOX International Channels (FIC) a News Corporation company. For more information, visit: www.foxsportsla.com
About Fox International Channels
Fox International Channels (FIC) is News Corporation’s international multi-media business. FIC develops, produces and distributes over 350 wholly-and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports and lifestyle channels across Latin America, U.S. Hispanic, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Africa, in 35 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1.1 billion cumulative households worldwide. We also operate a global online advertising unit, .FOX (pronounced “dot-fox”) which specializes in online video and display, and four TV production houses. [In operation since: August 14, 1993.]
MP&Silva is a leading international media company that owns, manages and distributes television and media rights to some of the most prestigious sports events around the world. With an annual turnover in excess of USD$ 250 million, the MP & Silva group has established an exemplary track record in distributing on a worldwide basis TV and media rights for sports federations, leagues, clubs and rights holders and represents some of the most important and world-class sports events.
The company’s unparalleled television rights portfolio – providing annually over 10,000 hours of programming to over 500 broadcasters in 215 countries – includes Italian Serie A, English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Major League Soccer (MLS), Brazilian national league (Brasileirão), Greek Superleague, Arsenal Football Club, the AC Milan Channel, several Asian National Federations, French Open at Roland Garros, eight ATP World Tour tennis tournaments, EHF Handball Champions League, FIA GT1 World Championship, DTM, Baseball World Cup, National Basketball Association (NBA), Spanish Basketball League (Liga Endesa) and more.
Headquartered in London and Singapore, MP&Silva operates worldwide through regional offices in Beijing, Budapest, Dubai, Dublin, Hanoi, Miami, Milan, Monaco, Munich, New York, Tokyo and Warsaw.