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Shudder and Sundance Now Continue Global Expansion with Launches in Australia and New Zealand


Expansion Underscores Growing Consumer Demand for
Curated Direct-to-Consumer Subscription Video-on-Demand Streaming Offerings

Cannes (MIPCOM)/New York – 15 October 2018 – AMC Networks announced at MIPCOM 2018 further expansion of its direct-to-consumer premium streaming services, Shudder and Sundance Now. Both services, which offer curated streaming experiences, original content, and deep libraries, will launch in Australia and New Zealand later this year. The expansion builds on the services’ growth in subscribers in existing territories, which includes the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria.

“Our continued expansion of Shudder and Sundance Now speaks to our success in offering audiences exclusive and original content they can’t get anywhere else along with an unparalleled user experience,” said Paul Rehrig, EVP of Business Development for AMC Networks. “We look forward to introducing both services into these new markets as consumer demand for our curated streaming offerings continues to grow.”

Shudder is the world’s largest premium streaming service for both casual and super fans of thriller, suspense and horror content. Described as having an “…unrivaled combination of variety, quality, and curative ability” (Vox) and “an impressive…catalog” (Wall Street Journal), Shudder has been steadily adding original series featuring A-list talent to its large and fast-growing selection of exclusive new releases and genre-defining classics.

Sundance Now, which builds on the legacy of Robert Redford’s Sundance brand, offers original and exclusive dramas and true crime series, in addition to award-winning movies from every genre, including foreign-language and documentary features. The service, which The New York Times says “carries the festival’s ethos…to the home viewer,” has been attracting subscribers with its high-quality, critically-acclaimed dramas such as “Dead Lucky” (starring Rachel Griffiths) and “Riviera” (starring Julia Stiles), among many others.

Shudder and Sundance Now’s expansion is on the heels of the debut of a host of new programming on both services.

Sundance Now

“Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle” – Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson of Appian Way, best-selling author Jeff Guinn, and Stephen David of Stephen David Entertainment, this docu-series covers the Jonestown massacre that claimed the lives of more than 900 people in the biggest mass suicide in American history. Based on Guinn’s book and featuring new interviews, archival footage – including secret FBI and CIA recordings, unreleased photographs and previously classified documents, it provides the definitive account of Jim Jones’ transformation from charismatic preacher and civil rights activist into egomaniacal demagogue. Premieres December 20

“Exeter” – Sundance Now’s first-ever original scripted podcast starring Jeanne Tripplehorn (“Big Love”) and Ray McKinnon (“Rectify”) is a six-episode series created by indie writer/director Ronnie Gunter (Lighter). The enthralling crime story has already been greenlit for a second season. Debuts October 25

“This Close” – Created, written and starring Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman, both deaf actors, the six-episode dramedy explores the relationship between best friends Kate (Stern), who is newly engaged, and Michael (Feldman), who is attempting to move on from his ex-fiancé. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Andrew Ahn (Spa Night), who also serves as executive producer, the series has been renewed for a second season premiering next year. Available Now

“Cold Blooded” – In 1959, the murder of a family in Kansas shocks a town to its core. Shortly thereafter, author Truman Capote arrives in the town to write the novel “In Cold Blood,” which eventually spawns the modern True Crime genre. In this extraordinary docu-series, acclaimed filmmakers Joe Berlinger, Alison Berg and Kahane Cooperman painstakingly separate fact from sensationalism and “non-fiction” by mixing re-enactments, rarely-seen archival footage and new interviews in a gripping attempt to restore humanity to victims of a truly horrific act of violence. Available Now

Shudder

Satan’s Slaves – When a famous singer dies from a mysterious illness, her family feels her presence linger, and a horrifying saga begins. The Shudder Original is directed by Joko Anwar. Available Now

Terrified – Directed by Demián Rugna, no one can explain what is going on in an ordinary suburban neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Voices are being heard from kitchen sinks, bodies are levitating and evil is here. It is up to a doctor, her colleague and an ex-cop to get to the bottom of this nightmare. Available Now

Summer of 84 – After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous. Debuts October 25

Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel – Thanks to an anonymous tip, an investigative journalist is convinced that key evidence is hidden inside the abandoned Abaddon Hotel – evidence that she thinks will shed light on the hotel’s mysteries. The Shudder exclusive is directed by Stephen Cognetti. Available Now

About Shudder:
AMC Networks’ SHUDDER is a premium streaming video service, super-serving fans of all degrees with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering thrillers, suspense, and horror. SHUDDER’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Austria, Germany, and soon-to-be-available in Australia and New Zealand, on most streaming devices for 4.99/month or 49.99/year. To experience SHUDDER commitment-free for 7 days, visit www.shudder.com.

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/YouTube: @shudder

About Sundance Now:
Sundance Now is AMC Networks’ premium streaming service, offering original and exclusive dramas, comedies, and true crime series, in addition to award-winning movies from every genre, including foreign-language and documentary features – all streaming commercial-free. Built on the Sundance legacy, Sundance Now is proud to present an extensive array of entertainment for a passionate and intellectually curious audience. Sundance Now is available in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Austria, Germany and soon-to-be-available in Australia and New Zealand.

To stream all Sundance Now content via web, iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast, visit SundanceNow.com and sign up for a free trial.

Follow Sundance Now on Twitter@sundance_now, Facebook@SundanceNow, Instagram@SundanceNow and YouTube@Sundance Now

Eduardo Zulueta Promoted to the Newly-Created Role of President. AMC Networks International

New York/Madrid – 10 October 2018

AMC Networks announced today that Eduardo Zulueta has been promoted to the newly-created position of President of AMC Networks International (AMCNI), overseeing AMCNI’s global operations. Zulueta, who currently oversees AMCNI’s Latin America and Southern Europe portfolio of channels, will assume his new role on 1 November and will continue to report to Ed Carroll, Chief Operating Officer, AMC Networks.

AMC Networks International operates nearly 40 channel brands, including its AMC and SundanceTV global brands and leading regional brands, that are available in more than 140 countries, including countries and territories in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Asia and Africa.

“Eduardo has been instrumental in expanding AMC Networks’ business across Southern Europe and Latin America over the past several years,” said Carroll. “He’s a strong leader whose deep expertise developing brands that appeal to a wide range of audiences, strong industry relationships, and track record managing highly profitable businesses will support our next phase of growth as we continue to increase our content offering and grow our global footprint.”

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead AMC Networks International to further build on our strong portfolio of brands and on our award-winning programming,” said Zulueta. “As the TV landscape continues to rapidly evolve, I’m proud that AMCNI is well-positioned for international growth due to the strength of our content and the value we create for our distribution and advertising partners. Our worldwide operations include talented, passionate teams, and I’m looking forward to partnering with them and working more closely together to enhance our global and regional offerings.”

Following AMC Networks’ 2014 acquisition of Liberty Global’s international content division called Chellomedia, Zulueta was appointed President of AMCNI’s Latin America and Southern Europe operations, where he oversaw the growth of the company’s diverse portfolio of television networks that includes global brands AMC and SundanceTV as well as some of the best-loved regional brands across Latin America and Southern Europe, including popular cooking channels el gourmet and Canal Cocina; film channels Europa Europa and Canal Hollywood; lifestyle channels Decasa and Mas Chic among many others.

From 2005-2014, Zulueta was Managing Director of Chellomedia for Spain and Portugal.
Previously, he held key positions in several companies in the Iberian television industry, including Managing Director of post-production company Molinare Spain, Managing Director of thematic channel producer Multicanal, Director of Programming and Content at DTH platform Via Digital, and Managing Director of Fremantle Media for Spain and Portugal. Zulueta has also been an adviser to companies such as the RTL Group, French broadcaster M6 and Spanish facilities company VAV. Previous to his TV career, he worked for a number of years in the financial services industry.

About AMC Networks Inc.
Dedicated to producing quality programming and content for more than 30 years, AMC Networks Inc. owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in entertainment, including AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films. The Company also operates AMC Studios, its television production and content licensing business; AMC Networks International, its international programming business; and Sundance Now and Shudder, its owned subscription streaming services. For more information, please visit www.amcnetworks.com.

AMC Networks International and ATRESMEDIA Launch the Most Diverse Bouquet of Spanish-Language Pay-TV channels in Europe

Seven-channel bouquet delivers the best of Spanish TV with a wide range of genres including cuisine, films, series, music and breaking news

Madrid, 8 October 2018

Two of the most important players in Spain’s media landscape, AMC Networks International Southern Europe (AMCNISE) and ATRESMEDIA Internacional, have partnered to launch a bouquet offering the widest range of Spanish-language TV channels in Europe, combining into a single package the best of Spanish television. AMCNISE will offer its popular thematic channels Canal Cocina (cooking), Canal Decasa (lifestyle), Sol Música (Spanish music) and Somos (classic Spanish cinema); while ATRESMEDIA will supply the bouquet with Atrescine (contemporary Spanish cinema), Atreseries (series) and Antena 3 Internacional (news and entertainment). The package will be marketed through the main European pay-TV operators.

Manuel Balsera, SVP Sales, Marketing and Digital of AMCNISE said, “Through this partnership we look to provide operators across Europe with an exclusive and diverse range of Spanish TV content. This exceptional, new channel bouquet meets the growing demand for Spanish-language content in other European countries, where there are currently more than 23 million Spanish speakers”.

Javier Nuche, General Manager of ATRESMEDIA Internacional, commented, “After having experienced a fourfold increase in the number of subscribers to ATRESMEDIA Internacional’s channels in Latin America and the United States, the next step is to expand in Europe, a region with high potential. This alliance strengthens our competitive position within Europe due to AMC Networks International Southern Europe’s trade capacity, while offering audiences a first-rate Spanish TV channel bouquet.”

The channels available through the bouquet are Canal Cocina, specialized in Spanish cuisine, an essential part of Spain’s identity; Canal Decasa, with original productions covering home décor, health and beauty; Sol Música, Spain’s only 100% Spanish music channel; Somos and Atrescine, with the greatest Spanish films of all time; Atreseries, with ATRESMEDIA’s latest and most acclaimed original series; and Antena 3 Internacional, a benchmark Spanish news and entertainment channel.

About AMC Networks International Southern Europe

AMC Networks International Southern Europe produces and distributes 24 pay TV channels targeted to a wide range of audiences: Film and series (AMC, Canal Hollywood, SundanceTV, DARK, XTRM, Somos and Blast); factual (Odisea/Odisseia, HISTORIA, Crime + Investigation and BLAZE); lifestyle (Canal Cocina and Canal Decasa); music (Sol Música) and kids (Canal Panda and Biggs).

The unit, headquartered in Madrid, manages all of AMC Networks International’s operations in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy.

HISTORIA, BLAZE and Crime + Investigation are produced for Spain and Portugal through The History Channel Iberia, a joint venture between AMC Networks International SE and A+E Networks.

Canal Hollywood, Canal Panda and Biggs are exclusively produced for the Portuguese market through DREAMIA, a joint venture between AMC Networks International SE and NOS.

AMC Networks International SE belongs to AMC Networks International, the Global division of AMC Networks.

About ATRESMEDIA

ATRESMEDIA Internacional heads the ATRESMEDIA Group, which includes its three international channels: Antena 3 Internacional, Atreseries ¡HOLA! TV and Atrescine. Positioned as a global leader in the production and distribution of content in Spanish, ATRESMEDIA is the private European operator with the most channels and the highest number of subscribers outside its own borders, with a presence in all Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, as well as in the USA, Canada and Europe.

ATRESMEDIA Internacional focuses on quality and variety, which is demonstrated by the unique personality that each of the four channels possess. The complementary content of the channels targets all members of the family with news, general entertainment, general information, original series, as well as exclusive access to celebrities and the latest in movies and fashion trends.
www.atresmediainternacional.com