Kino Lorber, Arthouse Group, Buys International TV Streamer MHz Choice – The Hollywood Reporter

New York-based arthouse distributor Kino Lorber has acquired MHz Networks, the parent company of MHz Choice, an online streaming service dedicated to international television series.

Under the deal announced Thursday, Kino Lorber will add its library of more than 5,000 titles to MHz Choice, which specializes in non-US TV series, streaming shows such as Scandinavian crime dramas. Wallander And Beckor the procedure of the French period Paris Police 1900. The entire staff of both MHz Networks and Kino Lorber will remain in place, with CEO Frederick Thomas and SVP of Content Strategy Lance Schwalst leading MHz Networks within the Kino Lorber Media Group.

“MHz’s track record of curating best-in-class series from around the world has helped it build the most loyal subscriber audience in streaming,” Kino Lorber President and CEO Richard Lorber said in a statement. “At a time when Hollywood mega-streamers are going bigger and wider, we like the idea of ​​going deeper into niche content to super-serve a more discerning audience.”

MHz Networks, which began as an extension of American Public Broadcasting, launched its SVOD service MHz Choice in 2015. Kino Lorber is one of the most prolific distributors in the arthouse space, with a recent slate that includes features such as Maggie Peren’s WW2 drama. The ForgerIt premiered in Berlin, Cannes headlines 1976 Manuela Martelli and are bad From the 2019 Venice Film Festival entry by directors Lise Acocca and Roman Guerrette and Pietro Marcello Martin EdenIt acted The Old Guard Actor Luca Marinelli.

In 2019, Kino Lorber Company first expanded into digital distribution with the launch of its TVOD service Kino Now. During COVID, Kino Lorber launched a “virtual cinema” offering, Kino Marquee. And last year, the company launched its first ad-supported streaming service, Kino Cult.

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