MBC has secured a multi-year output deal with Warner Bros to televise the latter’s TV series free to air (FTA) in the Middle East and North Africa concurrently with their transmission in the US, as well as the rights to the Harry Potter film franchise and other Hollywood movies.

The deal includes TV series from the new 2011-2012 such as Alcatraz, Person of Interest and Major Crimes, and the subsequent seasons until 2015. On going series such as Vampire Diaries, Nikita and The Mentalist also form part of the agreement, which will see the Dubai-based satellite broadcaster air the shows before any rival regional pay or FTA TV stations.

Major Warner Bros films, such as Sherlock Holmes, Hangover 2, Valentine’s Day, Inception, and Due Date are also included in the MBC rights deal, as well as the Batman, Superman, Matrix, Lethal Weapon and aforementioned Harry Potter franchises.

“MBC is a quality network that is committed to bringing our audience the very best in entertainment programming so it is only natural that we would be in business with one of Hollywood’s absolute best in film and television programming,” said Tim Riordan, group TV director, MBC.

“We also recognize our audience’s appetite to have access to popular series concurrently with the US,” added Mr Riordan.

Speaking about the deal, Jeffrey R Schlesinger, president, Warner Bros International Television said: “We have a long-standing relationship with MBC and are very happy that the relationship will continue with this latest deal. We look forward to working with them to bring our television programming to audiences in the Middle East.”