AMC/Sundance Channel eyes Asian execs, opens HQ

AMC/Sundance Channel Global is on the hunt for international executives to run its new Asia headquarters.

The international division of the US broadcaster has established its new Asian offices ahead of the CASBAA market in Hong Kong and is searching for a head of scheduling as well as affiliate marketing positions in the region.

This follows the promotion of Keith Mak, who will oversee affiliate distribution and marketing for the company’s Asia operations.

AMC/Sundance Channel Global has also acquired a raft of high profile programming for its Asian channels including Downton Abbey, The Hour and Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane.

It has acquired the Asian rights to Crossfire Hurricane, which will launch on HBO in the United States, and has also picked up a number of movies from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year including The Imposter and Here.

Separately, it has acquired premiere window rights to period drama The Hour after striking a deal with Shine International and has bought the basic cable rights in Malaysia to Downton Abbey and Monk from NBC Universal International Television Distribution.

Bruce Tuchman, AMC/Sundance Channel Global [resident said: “After a tremendous amount of distribution growth and success with our original productions such as Breaking Bad, it is the natural next step for us to augment our localization by establishing both creative and distribution headquarters in Asia. With highly experienced personnel and world-class resources on the ground, we will move even closer to our audiences and partners, thereby further accelerating our growth.”

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