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AMC Networks shakes up entertainment division

AMC has shaken up its entertainment division with a new management structure that sees BBC America boss Sarah Barnett (pictured, below) taking the lead on entertainment. AMC has said the restructure comes after “months of organizational design work” and is to better position its national networks and AMC Studios arm in a competitive landscape. It […]

MIPCOM: AMC streamers Shudder & Sundance Now to launch in Oz

AMC Networks is set to launch its streaming services Shudder and Sundance Now in Australia and New Zealand by the end of 2018. AMC states that the move follows growing consumer demand for curated direct-to-consumer subscription services. The expansion builds on both services subscribers in existing territories, which include the UK, Canada, the UK, Ireland, […]

AMC agrees $274m deal to buy RLJ Entertainment

AMC Networks has entered a definitive agreement to acquire RLJ Entertainment for an aggregate value of US$274 million. RLJ Entertainment is the owner of two SVOD services, Acorn TV, the British content streamer that serves US audiences, and UMC (Urban Movie Channel). Together the services have over 800,00 subscribers. RLJ  also has a controlling interest […]

Britbox hits 250,000 US subs & eyes int’l expansion

Britbox, the SVOD service from BBC Worldwide, ITV and AMC Networks, claims to have gained 250,000 subscribers in the US one year after launch, as it eyes further international expansion. The service, which also launched in Canada this month, is home to a large collection of British content exceeding 4,600 episodes. In its quarterly reports, […]

AMC set to buy $60m-valued RLJ

AMC Networks is set to acquire outstanding shares of RLJ Entertainment not currently owned by the company or Robert L. Johnson, the founder of the streaming service. RLJ is a premium digital channels company, which serves audiences through OTT branded channels Acorn TV in the UK and the Urban Movie Channel (UMC). Currently, AMC owns […]

AMC horror SVOD net reaches Germany

AMC Networks’ horror-themed SVOD service Shudder will launch in Germany and Austria. Original series Missions and The Core and acquisitions such as three-part thriller Beyond the Walls and Wolf Creek (pictured) feature on the service, which has been made available on various platforms and mobile operating systems in the territories. Customers will be charged €4.99 […]

‘US giants to offer channels through new SVOD net’

Channels from US cable TV giants like Discovery, AMC Networks and Viacom are set to become available on a new entertainment-focused SVOD service called Philo. This is according to the Wall Street Journal, which that claims a soft-launch for the new US streaming service will roll out in the coming weeks. Philo will reportedly be […]

UK ad ‘hiccup’ impacts on AMC’s international business

AMC has blamed a “hiccup” in UK ad revenues for a lacklustre performance by its international division in its latest quarterly results. Speaking on the company’s earnings call, AMC Networks’ chief operating officer, Ed Carroll, said that the company expects to see continued growth in affiliate revenue at its international networks, but cautioned: “We think […]

AMC Networks amps up RLJ funding by $10m

AMC Networks will invest a further US$10 million into streaming service RLJ Entertainment following an initial spend of US$65 million in 2016. RLJ owns SVOD service Acorn TV and digital service UMC (Urban Movie Channel), and receives the money from AMC in the form of loans. The latest funding round was handed to RLJ “to […]

More on creation of global anti-piracy coalition ACE

Execs from the 30 global entertainment companies that have come together to form anti-piracy body the Alliance of Creativity and Entertainment explains why they are involved in the initiative   “BBC Worldwide invests in, commercialises, and showcases content from the BBC around the world and champions British creativity globally. It is the lifeblood of our business […]

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