AMC consolidates UMC & WE tv leadership; renews ‘Fear The Walking Dead’

US-based AMC Networks has brought the leadership of its UMC streaming service and WE tv network into one team headed by Brett Dismuke. Dismuke was named UMC’s head of content in 2019 and will now take on the position of general manager for the service as well as WE tv, reporting to Miguel Penella, president […]

AMC Networks to cut 10% of US staff as streaming restructure revealed

AMC Networks is cutting around 10% of its US staff, as it become the latest media operator to refocus its efforts on streaming amid the pandemic. Around 100 members of staff are set to be affected following the revamp, which will see it put more emphasis on its OTT services rather than its traditional networks. […]

AMC launches AcornTV, UMC streamers on YouTube TV

AMC Networks is launching its UK drama-skewing streamer Acorn TV as well as its black TV and film OTT offering UMC on YouTube’s channels service. Acorn TV’s YouTube service will offer shows including Martin Clunes-starring dramas Doc Martin and Manhunt, BBC cop show Line Of Duty and its originals such as Agatha Raisin, Queens of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Urban Movie SVOD service names leader

Traci Otey Blunt will oversee the Urban Movie Channel after being named president of the US streaming service. UMC was launched in 2014 by RLJ Entertainment chairman and BET channel founder Robert Johnson. It is programmed with African American-skewing films, series and factual content. Blunt has been upped from executive VP, corporate marketing and corporate […]

AMC Networks pumps $65m into SVOD net

AMC Networks has invested US$65 million in streaming service RLJ Entertainment. RLJ owns the SVOD service Acorn TV, which offers best-of-British programming in the US, and digital service UMC (Urban Music Channel), and receives the money from cable group AMC in the form of loans. This will allow RLJ, which BET founder Bob Johnson created, to […]