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AMC chief: on-demand has changed shape of TV drama

Technology including video-on-demand and digital video recording has helped change the shape and improve the quality of scripted drama on TV and allowed TV to partly supplant cinema as the home of truly original content, according to AMC Networks boss Josh Sapan. Delivering the opening keynote at Cable Congress yesterday morning, Sapan (left), who is […]

AMC labels Darabont’s Walking Dead claims ‘baseless’

AMC Networks has dubbed legal claims from former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont over unpaid fees “baseless” and as having “no merit”. Darabont and talent agency CAA brought the lawsuit two months ago, alleging he was unlawfully locked out of profits for the zombie drama, which is the highest rating drama series in the history […]

AMC Networks buys Chellomedia for $1bn

AMC Networks has reached an agreement to buy Liberty Global-owned channel operator Chellomedia for €750 million (US$1 billion). The deal hands US-based AMC an extensive array of channels that are distributed to nearly 400 million homes in 138 territories. Chellomedia is the international content arm of John Malone’s Liberty Global, while AMC has emerged a […]

Sundance Channel gets new Euro launches

AMC Networks-owned Sundance Channel has found new carriage in France, Belgium and Hungary. The AMC/Sundance Channel Global-operated network has launched as a 24-hour linear net on the cable/IPTV platform Bouygues Telecom in France, cable TV operator VOO/BeTV in French-speaking Belgium and in SD and HD on UPC Hungary. The French and Belgian include access to […]

Sundance Channel buys French zombie drama for US

Sundance Channel in the US has acquired French supernatural drama The Returned from its new Stateside distributor Music Box Films. The zombie-themed series (aka Rebound) performed well on Canal+ in France and Channel 4 in the UK and will now debut in the US on Halloween (October 31) at 9pm on AMC Networks-owned Sundance. The […]

Entertainment One to sell AMC scripted shows

Producer and distributor Entertainment One has agreed a distribution deal with AMC Networks and will sell content from the AMC and Sundance Channel internationally. The deal covers upcoming titles only. Distribution of AMC’s current roster of scripted series is tied up with, for example, Lionsgate selling Mad Men, Sony Pictures Television Breaking Bad and Endemol […]

Sundance Channel acquires shows for Latin launch

AMC 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 […]

Dish settlement hands AMC Networks $133m

AMC Networks’ second quarter financials have been boosted by a US$132.9 million sum gained from its legal dispute with cable platform Dish Network. The one-off windfall the Mad Men and Breaking Bad network secured in October last year was the result of a case AMC and former parent Cablevision brought against Dish over the now […]

WE tv crosses Divide into scripted

AMC Networks’ female-skewed channel WE tv has become the latest to move into scripted programming with The Divide, a 10-part “exploration of personal morality”. Cable channels such as Discovery, History, OWN and BET have got in on the scripted act in the last few years and WE tv is now the latest to follow the […]

Sundance Channel launches dedicated Polish feed

AMC/Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks, is launching a dedicated Polish feed of the Sundance Channel. Sundance Channel Polska will feature Polish language on-air promos, versioned programming and grassroots promotions, and will replace the Sundance Channel’s Eastern European regional feed that’s currently available in the country. The linear channel will be available […]