Josh Sapan

Walking Dead ‘could last 50 years’ – AMC chief

The Walking Dead could be around for 50 years if AMC chief executive Josh Sapan gets his way. The exec told analysts on an earnings call that the series, which remains the biggest scripted series by ratings on TV despite a poor season eight opener by its own standards, had the “franchise” potential to run […]

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 […]

BBC, ITV, AMC pact for BritBox US SVOD service

The UK’s two largest broadcasters and The Walking Dead cable net AMC are joining forces to launch BritBox, a new US SVOD service that will debut early next year. The partners said they want to roll out the service in other international markets after the US. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, […]

AMC: data anaylsis not useful for commissioning

Netflix-type analysis of viewing data is not useful in helping content providers decide which projects to invest in, and could even harm the creative process, according to Josh Sapan, president and CEO of AMC Networks. “Data and analytics are not particularly helpful. I think you’re more likely to trip and find the next big thing. […]

BBC America spurs AMC to Q2 growth

AMC Networks’ new stake in US cable channel BBC America allowed the cable channels group to record double-digital second quarter revenues, the firm has said. Q2 revenues grew 15.1%, or US$79 million, year-on-year to US$601 million following the US$200 million acquisition of a 49.9% stake in BBC Worldwide’s BBC America last year. Conversely, the absence […]

AMC buying into BBC America in US$200m deal

AMC Networks is buying a 49.9% stake in BBC America for US$200 million. The US listed channel operator and the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster confirmed the deal, which had been widely anticipated, yesterday, and it sees AMC’s stable of US cable nets allied with Worldwide’s BBC America. Worldwide will retain a majority […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]