Kino Lorber Acquires Streamer MHz Choice


International film distributor Kino Lorber has acquired MHz Networks, operator of the MHz Choice U.S. SVOD service that delivers TV series from across the globe.

The newly combined company, Kino Lorber Media Group, now has more than 5,000 titles—over 10,000 hours—of series and movies under license.

“MHz’s track record of curating best-in-class series from around the world has helped it build one of the most loyal subscriber audiences in streaming,” said Richard Lorber, the president and CEO of Kino Lorber. “At a time when Hollywood mega-streamers are going bigger and broader, we like the idea of going deeper into specialized content to super-serve the most discerning audiences. Our highly curated approach helps us stand out from other streamers, and makes MHz Choice the perfect companion platform for audiences seeking prestige entertainment in an accessible way.”

Frederick Thomas, founder and CEO of MHz Networks, added, “Kino Lorber is the perfect fit to help take MHz to the next level. Their extensive library of new and classic international films will add an exciting dimension for our current and future subscribers.”

Thomas will remain in place at the helm of MHz Choice within Kino Lorber Media Group, with Lance Schwulst continuing to serve as senior VP of content strategy. The platform delivers to its customers imported fare such as Wallander, Detective Montalbano and Paris Police 1900.