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MHz Networks

October 24, 2012 12:39 ET

Global Hit Spiral Acquired by MHz Networks -- Premieres Nationally in November

FALLS CHURCH, VA--(Marketwire - Oct 24, 2012) - MHz Networks, the top programmer and broadcaster of English-accessible global entertainment and news in the U.S., has acquired the French smash crime drama, Spiral.

Known as Engrenages in Europe, the 'cop thriller series with new codes' is a procedural crime drama series set in Paris. Created by the TV production company Son et Lumière, Sprial has met great international popularity and critical acclaim with its availability to viewers in 70 countries.

Spiral marks its American broadcast, cable and satellite premiere on MHz Worldview, the national channel of MHz Networks available to over 40 million households nationally, on November 14 at 10 PM ET. The crime drama is broadcast in French with English subtitles.

Engrenages, meaning "cogs" or "gears," foreshadows the ideas of characters succumbing to a spiral into violence, organized crime and other vices.

The series originally aired on France's Canal+, beginning in 2005, continuing into new second and third series, with the fourth season just premiering in September 2012. The second series was funded in part by the BBC. Spiral premiered on BBC4 in 2006 and again in 2009. A fifth and sixth series have been ordered.

Spiral joins other notable MHz International Mystery titles such as Montalbano, The Young Montalbano, Brunetti, Don Matteo, Maigret, Van Veeteren, Varg Veum, and Wallander.

International mysteries on MHz Worldview air each evening in primetime to over 35 million households throughout the U.S. via broadcast and cable affiliates in:

Los Angeles- KCET; Chicago, IL- WYCC; San Francisco, CA- KCSM; Washington, DC- WNVC/MHz Networks; Tacoma-Seattle, WA- KBTC; Cleveland/Akron/Youngstown, OH- WNEO/WEAO; Minneapolis, MN- MPS Cable; Miami, FL- WLRN; Denver, CO- KBDI; Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL- WCEU; Charlotte, NC- WTVI; Nashville, TN- WNPT; Salt Lake City, UT- UEN (statewide); Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Beaver Creek, MI- WGVU; Spokane/Yakima, WA- KWSU/KTNW; New Orleans, LA- WLAE; Las Vegas, NV- Vegas PBS; Richmond, VA- WCVE; Flint, MI- WDCQ; Charleston, IL- WEIU; Plattsburgh, NY- Mountain Lake PBS (WCFE); Lansing, MI- LCC TV; Moline, IL (Quad Cities)- WQPT; Athens, OH- WOUB; Warrensburg, MO- KMOS; Topeka, KS- KTWU; Rochester-Austin, MN- KSMQ; Charlottesville, VA- WHTJ; St.Paul, MN- St. Paul Neighborhood Network; Stanford, CA- Stanford University Cable.

MHz Worldview also blankets the U.S. satellite footprint on DirecTV.

Spiral will also be available on MHz Home Entertainment on DVD through Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and www.mhznetworks.org. Episodes will also be available for VOD purchase on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and Netflix, among others.

For more information, visit www.mhznetworks.org or www.facebook.com/MHzWorldviewInternationalMystery.

The official series website is at: www.canalplus.fr/c-series/pid4559-c-engrenages.html

About MHz Networks
MHz Networks is an independent, non-commercial television broadcaster delivering international educational programming and providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally-minded audience.

MHz Networks broadcasts 12 distinct international television networks in the D.C. area including: MHz Worldview DC, NHK World TV, CCTV, RT, Al Jazeera English, CCTV Documentary, France 24, RT Espanol, Arirang TV, ETV, VTV America, And MHz Worldview national. The channels are also carried by the region's cable systems.

MHz Worldview, MHz Networks flagship channel, presents fresh, relevant English-language international content including news, documentaries, cultural programming, dramas, films and mysteries, music and sports and features programs from around the world in more than 20 different languages. MHz Worldview is available locally in the Washington D.C. metro area as MHz Networks 1 via digital terrestrial broadcast, Comcast, Cox, RCN cable and Verizon FiOS. The channel is also available locally via DirecTV and Dish Network.

MHz Networks is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. MHz has studio facilities in Falls Church, VA and at Washington, DC's Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

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