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Group AB and WWE announce new multi-year TV deal



WWE issued the following press release:

PARIS, FRANCE and STAMFORD, Conn., July 10, 2017 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Groupe AB will extend their partnership into its 18th year with a new, multi-year agreement to broadcast WWE programming, including WWE’s flagship shows Raw® and SmackDown®, in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco and Andorra.

Richard Maroko, Deputy Director General, Groupe AB, said: “Each week, WWE programs are major events and great successes for audience reach on our channels. We are proud to be a privileged partner of one of the biggest brands in entertainment.”

“Groupe AB shares our vision and passion for engaging and entertaining our fans,” said Ed Wells, Executive Vice President, WWE International. “Groupe AB has been a long-time, valued partner that enables us to showcase our unique blend of action-packed, family friendly entertainment across key markets.”

Groupe AB channels AB1, RTL9, AB3 and AB4 will televise Raw on Thursdays and SmackDown on Fridays and will air all WWE specials live, including WrestleMania®, SummerSlam®, Survivor Series® and Royal Rumble®. All programs will be available with French commentary and on demand.

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WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 20 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

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About Groupe AB

Groupe AB is a leading independent content producer and distributor in France. The group is principally involved in producing and distributing television series, TV movies, animations and documentaries as well as editing television channels and digital services. The group has a portfolio of 19 channels, widely distributed in French-speaking areas of Europe and Africa. Groupe AB is one of the biggest and most diverse content providers in France with a catalogue of over 12 000 hours of programs. Recently, Groupe AB has successfully refocused on producing own content, which now reaches over 80 hours per year.

Groupe AB is owned by Mediawan.

More information is available on the Groupe AB website:

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