Warner Bros InternationalTelevision Distribution (WBITD) has signed an exclusive, multi-year freetelevision deal with Russia's state broadcaster TV Channel Russia (formerlyRTR).

The deal means TV ChannelRussia acquires terrestrial television rights to a slate of current andupcoming features, including Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, TheMatrix Revolutions, Troy, The Last Samurai, and Ocean's 12.

Also included in the deal isThe Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, which performed exceptionally well at the Russianbox office.

TV Channel Russia will haveaccess to Warner Bros' library titles as well as television and animationtitles.

"We've enjoyed a greatrelationship with RTR, now TV Channel Russia, and are very pleased to beextending it on a more exclusive level with our largest ever deal in thedynamic Russian market," WBITD president Jeffrey R Schlesinger said in astatement.