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Sundance Film Festivals to Take Place in Hong Kong and London

Sundance Institute will host film festivals in Hong Kong from 17-27 September and in London in 2016 with titles for each largely drawn from the world famous Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Robert Redford, Sundance Channel Founder

Robert Redford, Sundance Channel Founder

The Institute has discovered and supported new films and filmmakers for more than 30 years, including recent Academy Award winners and nominees Whiplash, Boyhood, 20 Feet from Stardom, Cutie and the Boxer and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “We’ve nurtured filmmakers around the globe for many years now and these experiences have brought a rich perspective to all we do. Exploring international opportunities for the diverse landscape of American independent storytelling is an exciting proposition, and something to which we are equally committed.”

The Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong will take place 17-27 September, covering Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for two consecutive weekends at The Metroplex, a newly opened state-of-the-art cineplex in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong. Ten independent films will premiere as part of the screening series, marking its second year. More information at hk.sundance.org; join the conversation on social media with #sundancehongkong.

The Sundance Film Festival: London will take place in 2016 at the new Picturehouse Central. The festival will build on the success of Sundance London, hosted in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and which featured the international and UK premieres of films including Fruitvale Station, Obvious Child, Frank, The Trip to Italy, The Queen of Versailles, Blackfish, Upstream Color and The Look of Love. More information will be available at sundance.org/london; join the conversation on social media with #sundancelondon.

In advance of this 2016 festival, the Institute will host a few private screenings and events for London’s independent film community at the new Picturehouse Central in June of this year. Those events are to date supported by lead partner Sundance Channel Global, among others.

AMC Networks International Announces Major Expansion Across Portfolio of Channels

Continued Growth of AMC Global Underscored By Upcoming First Window Premieres of “Fear The Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands” and New Season of “Halt and Catch Fire” Less Than 24 Hours After AMC U.S.

Distribution Momentum for Other AMCNI Portfolio Networks Including Sundance Channel, elgourmet, Europa Europa & Sport1 Among Others

MIPTV – Cannes, France / New York, NY – April 13, 2015 – AMC Networks International (AMCNI) announced today significant expansion for its portfolio of globally renowned, locally relevant 24/7 linear television services across EMEA, the CIS, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific regions.

"Fear The Walking Dead" - Photo Credit: Justin Lubin/AMC

“Fear The Walking Dead” – Photo Credit: Justin Lubin/AMC

AMC Global, AMCNI’s international AMC-branded television network seen in over 115 countries and territories, continues to experience major growth around the world since the company launched the brand for the first time outside of North America late last year. Distributor demand for the network is underscored by substantial first window programming acquisitions, including the upcoming premieres of “Fear The Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands” and the new season of “Halt and Catch Fire.” Each series will debut on AMC Global less than 24 hours after the U.S. premiere.

“AMC Networks International has experienced record-breaking growth with new distribution agreements on subscription television platforms around the world,” commented Ed Palluth, Executive Vice President of Global Distribution, AMC Networks International. “There is clear and strong demand for our line-up of globally renowned, locally relevant channels with many platform operators adding or repositioning our services onto their basic tiers in recent months to make them widely available to customers. AMC and Sundance Channel Global remain among the first choice of operators looking to offer a wide selection of exclusive original dramas, and we’re particularly excited about the debut of series such as ‘Fear The Walking Dead,’ ‘Badlands,’ and the new season of ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ less than 24 hours after the U.S. premiere.”

In Latin America, Axtel in Mexico has launched the entire AMCNI portfolio of channels for the first time, including AMC, Sundance Channel, elgourmet, Europa Europa and Film&Arts. AMC has launched in Brazil for the first time on several cable TV systems that are members of Neo TV following the network’s debut on SKY earlier this month. AMC has also launched for the first time on multiple pay-TV platforms in Uruguay including TCC, Montecable, Nuevo Siglo and Equital. Tigo platforms throughout the region have launched or repositioned AMC on the basic tier. Casa Club TV was launched on Red Intercable in Argentina for the first time and is available on the basic tier. Sundance Channel continues to gain momentum across Latin America with launches on many new platforms, including Cablevision and Supercanal in Argentina, among others. In addition, Movistar TV has repositioned AMC to the basic tier in Colombia.

In Central Europe, Slovak Telekom in Slovakia has launched Sundance Channel for the first time and Sport1 HD to complement the SD service. Skylink in the Czech Republic and Slovakia has moved Sport2 to the basic tier doubling the subscriber count. Both Skylink and Slovak Telekom have extended the entire AMCNI portfolio carriage through multi-year agreements. Additionally, AMC has been repositioned to the basic tier in Hungary on Magyar Telekom and Tarr. AMC Hungary’s subscriber count has almost doubled since the MGM rebrand. New multi-year agreements for AMC have been signed with several operators in CEE including PR-Telecom in Hungary and Telekom Serbia.

In addition, AMCNI recently rebranded MGM’s SD channel as AMC across all its systems in the CIS and the Baltics including on MTS, Rostelecom, Beeline and NTV + in Russia. Across Africa, the company recently announced the first-ever launch of Eva, a new telenovela channel, on the DStv platform owned by MultiChoice. In the UK, it was recently announced that Horror Channel launched on Freeview resulting in 90% DTT coverage. Horror Channel is already the second largest FTA movie channel in cable and satellite homes due to carriage deals with Sky and Virgin.

In the Asia-Pacific region, audiences in Taiwan can now see Sundance Channel on Asia Pacific Telecom. PPCTV in Cambodia recently launched Sundance Channel, and Sansar Cable in Mongolia will launch the network soon. This follows the recent announcement that Singtel TV in Singapore launched AMC for the first time.

About AMC Networks International

AMC Networks International (AMCNI), the global division of AMC Networks, delivers entertaining and acclaimed programming that reaches subscribers in more than 140 countries and territories, including Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. AMCNI consists of global brands, Sundance Channel and AMC, as well as popular, locally recognized channels in various programming genres. For more information, visit: www.amcnetworks.com/amcni.

AMC Global Secures Exclusive First Window International TV Rights to AMC Studios’ “Into the Badlands” From Entertainment One

Series to Air Within 24 Hours of U.S.

Acquisition Highlights AMC Global’s Commitment to First Run Original DramaAMC logo

New York / London, April 9, 2015 – AMC Global today announced it has acquired the exclusive first window international television rights to the highly anticipated AMC original series “Into the Badlands.” Produced by AMC Studios, “Into the Badlands” will air on AMC Global within 24 hours of its AMC (U.S.) premiere in all territories where AMC Global is available. The series has been ordered for six, one-hour episodes with an expected premiere in fall 2015.

AMC Global secured the exclusive first window rights for “Into the Badlands” from Entertainment One (eOne), which handles international distribution of the series in all media through their exclusive multi-year output agreement with AMC Networks.

Today’s news follows the recent announcement that AMC Global will launch “Fear the Walking Dead,” the companion series to “The Walking Dead,” around the world later this year.

Bruce Tuchman, President, AMC and Sundance Channel Global, stated: “AMC Global is dedicated to delivering popular, first run original programming to consumers and we are thrilled to add the newest original series from AMC to our slate. We think ‘Into the Badlands’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ will complement each other perfectly as we continue to grow our global footprint and support our pay-TV platform partners in expanding their subscriber base.”

Harold Gronenthal, Executive Vice President, Programming and Operations, AMC and Sundance Channel Global, stated, “With a top notch creative team and an enormously distinctive and compelling storyline with global resonance, we could not be more excited to bring ‘Into the Badlands’ to worldwide audiences. Broadcasting both ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and ‘Into the Badlands’ within 24 hours of the U.S. allows us to connect viewers around the world as they experience AMC’s freshest original productions together.”

“Into the Badlands” is a genre-bending martial arts series inspired by the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West.” In a land controlled by feudal barons, “Into the Badlands” tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.

“Into the Badlands” stars Daniel Wu, who also serves as an executive producer. Wu is a Hong Kong-based Chinese-American actor, director and producer who has been featured in over 60 films. “Into the Badlands” series regulars also include Emily Beecham (“28 Weeks Later,” “The Village”), Sarah Bolger (“The Tudors,” “In America”) and Oliver Stark (“The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box,” “My Hero”). David Dobkin (“The Judge,” “Wedding Crashers,” “Shanghai Knights”) will be the series director.

The project was created by writers/showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon,” “Smallville”). They will serve as executive producers along with Wu, Oscar-nominated producers Stacy Sher and Michael Shamberg (“Django Unchained,” “Contagion”), and martial arts filmmaker Stephen Fung.

AMC Networks rebranded the MGM Channel as AMC in late 2014. The rebrand marked the first distribution outside of North America for AMC, one of the most popular and award-winning brands in television. AMC has since launched locally versioned channel feeds on hundreds of cable and satellite platforms across Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Also accompanying these channels are authenticated AMC VOD, HD and “TV Everywhere” services.

In addition to premiering original programming from AMC Networks-owned studios, AMC Global also features popular, acclaimed films from some of the world’s biggest film libraries.

About AMC Global

AMC commemorates favorite films from every genre and decade as well as showcases acclaimed first run original programming to bring audiences something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network has created some of the most award-winning series of the past decade that has re-defined dramatic storytelling. In addition to being widely distributed throughout North America, AMC is available in over 120 countries and territories throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Owned and operated by AMC Networks International (the global division of AMC Networks), it is a premier entertainment destination that is available in HD and SD and across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Film and Television divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks