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AMC Global Celebrates Success Since Launching A Year Ago With Record-Breaking Ratings And Substantial Distribution Growth

The Recently-Premiered “Into the Badlands” Puts AMC Among the Top Ten Most Watched Entertainment Networks in Key Territories

AMC Global Looks Ahead to 2016 with A Raft of Exclusive

New Original Series

New York, 17 December 2015 – AMC Global, the international AMC-branded television network which launched in late 2014 and is now available in over 125 countries, is celebrating its first year of operation.  The network has seen impressive distribution growth with launches on a number of new platforms internationally as well as strong ratings performance for its programming.  AMC Global also has a raft of exclusive new programming set to premiere in the year ahead including thriller “The Night Manager,” season three of “Halt and Catch Fire” and the 15-episode second season of global phenomenon “Fear the Walking Dead,” among others. Continue Reading…

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.

Robert Redford celebrates change and freedom of expression at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

At the opening press conference of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, founder Robert Redford spoke about the changes he’s seen in the film industry during his career and celebrated the creative advances in the medium of television in recent years.

Photo credit: Marc Hom

Photo credit: Marc Hom

Redford said he has welcomed the way that television and independent filmmaking are developing clear similarities as art forms. “Television is film. The two of them together are blurring and there’s a reason why: mainstream film is shrinking. It’s harder for artists to find their way in the film industry,” he said. “TV and independent film are running neck-and-neck, both in the talent they use and in their freshness and quality.”

Speaking of his long and distinguished career, he sad he was “very fortunate as an actor for hire to be in what was then the mainstream. That’s all there was in the 1960s and 70s – just the mainstream, which meant studio films. But what they did then was they gave you the chance to make smaller films within that construct. And I was allowed to do some of the films that meant a lot to me. So that’s how it started, and all through the 70s I was able to make smaller films like Jeremiah Johnson or The Candidate. I was very happy. And then… you could see it coming. There was cable and video on demand, and they were coming on real fast.”

However, Redford felt that the industry then started to change its focus, concentrating more on major, mainstream movies with less in the way of small, independent filmmaking. “So I felt that Sundance would be sort of a gap-filler,” he said. “If we focused on the independent films, the smaller films that were more diverse, we would keep something alive.”

Redford calls the festival a “safe haven” for directors, a place where they can explore total artistic freedom. “Freedom of expression is in danger in a lot of areas, but, as far as we’re concerned, we’ll do everything within our power to keep it alive here,” he stressed. “We believe in diversity, and freedom of expression is fundamental to us. That’s evidenced in the films – you see a lot of films here that are going to upset other people, but that’s OK. It’s diversity – it’s showing us what there is out there.”

The Sundance Film Festival runs until 1st February, and Sundance Channel internationally is airing films seen at the festival through the duration of the Park City, Utah event.

 

Sundance Film Festival begins tomorrow

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off tomorrow January in Park City, Utah. Now in its 31st year, the festival has become one of the world’s most renowned showcases for independent American and international cinema. The festival is the centerpiece of the non-profit Sundance Institute’s year-round programme of activities which assists in the development of independent films with a range of events and grants more than $2.5 million to independent artists each year. Continue Reading…

Monty Python reunion to kick off tonight

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Monty Python photo courtesy of Sundance Channel Global

The highly anticipated reunion of Monty Python starts tonight with the first of 10 shows at London’s O2 Arena. The five surviving members will appear for their first live performances on stage since 1980.

At a combined age of nearly 361, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin took time out from rehearsals for a press conference at the London Palladium to discuss the reunion. “It’s somewhere between a theatrical show and a rock show,” said Cleese. He also joked about the challenges the group faced preparing for the reunion. “I’ve prepared for it by sleeping more,” he quipped.

Idle also commented on the large-scale production, which features choreography and music in addition to comedy sketches. “Our motto is to leave them wanting less,” he said.

The final night of the reunion will be seen in cinemas around the world on 20th July as well as broadcast on UKTV Gold and Sundance Channel internationally. The group also announced their first ever fan club and reissues of their classic albums.

Mick Jagger opened the press conference by appearing in a comedic short film to discuss the Monty Python reunion, which can be seen below.

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