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Sundance Channel acquires shows for Latin launch

Computer ChessAMC Networks’ Sundance Channel has picked up new drama and factual titles for its soon-to-launch Latin American service.

The Lat Am channel rolls out on September 17 on the DirecTV pay TV platform. Australian crime drama Rake, recently remade for US broadcast net Fox, will feature in the launch programming line-up after Sundance acquired it from UK distributor DCD.

Other dramas include the previously-announced ITV Studios-distributed Mr Selfridge.

Indie films that will feature on the channel include Tiny Furniture from Girls creator Lena Dunham and Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess (pictured).

Factual shows include Stephen Higgins’ bullfighter feature doc The Matador and Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, about American rock band Journey and their new front man, who was recruited via YouTube.

At launch Sundance Channel will be available in seven countries in Latin America: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. It will carried in DirecTV’s Oro package.