Cisneros poaches AMCNI’s Coltro for EVP role

Venezuela’s Cisneros Media has poached Marcello Coltro from AMC Networks International Latin America to become its executive VP, content distribution. Based out of Miami, Coltro will oversee Cisneros’ pay TV and content distribution unites, reporting to Cisneros Media president Jonathan Blum. He joins from AMCNI, which was formerly Chellomedia, but rebranded after AMC Networks acquired […]

AMC launching internationally after MGM rebrand

AMC Networks is launching its flagship AMC channel internationally. The US-listed channel operator is rebranding the MGM channel, which it took ownership of as part of its US$1 billion deal for Chellomedia, meaning AMC will roll out in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The MGM channel is programmed with movies from the Hollywood studio […]

CBS channels eye TalkTalk TV success

Four UK pay channels that CBS Studios International and AMC Networks International jointly operate are launching on the TalkTalk TV service. CBS Action, CBS Drama, CBS Reality+1 and Horror Channel have gone live on the platform, which claims to be the UK’s fastest growing IPTV service. CBS-AMC channels are already distributed on BSkyB, Virgin, Freesat […]

AMC rebrands Chellomedia

AMC is rebranding Chellomedia to AMC Networks International, after completing its buyout of the global channels operator and content company in February. Breaking Bad firm AMC, which agreed last year to pay Liberty Global US$1billion (€750 million) to buy Chellomedia, said that the new AMC Networks International division will also include AMC/Sundance Channel Global, which […]

Josh Sapan’s drama lessons

AMC has struck pay (TV) dirt three times with Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead among the most iconic series ever. AMC Networks boss Josh Sapan tells Stewart Clarke about the company’s new shows, how technology is boosting TV drama and how AMC will grow its international business following the US$1 billion acquisition […]

Discovery, Liberty set for $933m All3Media takeover

Discovery Communications and Liberty Global have reportedly paired up to acquire UK production powerhouse All3Media for around £550 million (US$933 million). Discovery and Liberty, which are both backed by US cable TV mogul John Malone, are due to formally announce the deal tomorrow, according to Sky News, which broke the news this morning. It is […]

Tuchman gains control of global MGM channels

AMC/Sundance Channel Global president Bruce Tuchman has added the role of president, MGM Channel Global to his duties. AMC Networks has handed Tuchman the role following its acquisition of Chellomedia, which had acquired the international MGM channels business in August 2012. The MGM Channel is distributed in more than 130 territories. Tuchman has a long […]

Virgin Media deal drives Liberty Global subscriber numbers

Liberty Global reported a next-generation video user base of 2.5 million, after a “watershed year” that saw it buy Virgin Media, agree to acquire Ziggo and sell its Chellomedia content arm. Announcing its fourth quarter and full year results, Liberty said that as of December 31 its “next-generation video” customers consisted of two million Virgin […]

AMC Networks completes $1bn Chellomedia purchase

AMC Networks has closed its €750 million (US$1 billion) acquisition of global channels operator and content company Chellomedia from Liberty Global. The deal is for “substantially all” of Liberty’s interests in Chello, excluding Dutch premium cable channels Film1 and Sport1. Chello Central Europe, Chello Latin America, Chello Multicanal, Chello Zone, ad sales unit Atmedia and […]

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 […]