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CBS Reality Remains #1 Factual Entertainment Destination Amongst Adult Women in 2019 [1]




2020 Spring Slate of New Original Crime Drama Includes

“New Scotland Yard Files” Produced by ITN Productions

Alongside New Seasons of Top-Rating Series

“The Real Prime Suspect” and “Evidence of Evil”


CBS Reality closed another successful year by maintaining its position as the #1 factual entertainment channel in the UK amongst women 16+. The channel delivered 1.2% of the UK’s adult commercial TV audience in 2019, and attracted six million adults every month.[2]

CBS Reality continues to showcase acclaimed original true crime programming to deliver its ratings; seven out of the top 10 individual broadcasts in 2019 were CBS Reality original productions, each generating over 200,000 adult viewers.[3] The most popular titles include “Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files”, “The Real Prime Suspect”, “Evidence of Evil”, and “Voice of a Killer”.

CBS Reality is part of the CBS UK channel portfolio, which delivered its highest ever share of adult commercial impacts in 2019 with a 2.73% SOCI (share of commercial impacts), up 1.5% on 2018.[4]  The other channels included in the portfolio are CBS Justice, CBS Drama and Horror Channel.

Sam Rowden, Director of Programming, CBS Channels, commented, “These achievements underscore the commitment we have to delivering compelling original true crime programming on CBS Reality, featuring genuine experts who lived and breathed the cases we investigate. Our 2020 slate of original productions consists of brand new and returning series, which will build on the strong viewership of the channel.”

The channel’s 2020 Spring slate includes a new 10-part true crime series “New Scotland Yard Files”, which covers the most mysterious and intriguing murders in London. In the series, New Scotland Yard detectives open their files to tell the inside stories of how they caught some of the capital’s most notorious killers. Each episode of the series uses ITN Productions’ extensive archive, evocative reconstructions and in-depth interviews to take viewers through the twists and turns of a murder investigation in extraordinary detail, to reveal how police finally identify and catch the killer.

The series is presented by former New Scotland Yard detective Peter Bleksley, who brings unique insight into the workings of murder investigations, with contributions from the journalists who

covered the stories as they unfolded, criminologists who analyse the methods and motives of the murderers and forensic specialists who provide vital evidence to ensure the guilty are convicted.

Cases covered include the murder of David “Sinders” Morley on London’s South Bank, the Stockwell Strangler, who targeted elderly men and women and struck fear into the streets of south London, and the murder of former pop star Michael Menson who died just because he took the wrong bus.

The series will premiere on 12th March, and an image can be downloaded here.

Rowden, who is also Executive Producer of “New Scotland Yard Files,” continued, “We are excited to work with ITN Productions to bring this new series to our audience. With unprecedented access to New Scotland Yard former detectives and their case files, viewers will be able to recollect – or experience for the first time – the impact of each crime in the news through extensive archive footage and hear from the original news reporters as they comment on these events today.”

ITN Productions’ Executive Producer Sarah-Jane Cohen said: “The detectives we worked with gave us details of the investigations and evidence previously only seen in court, so viewers will get a unique insight into the way New Scotland Yard solved these high profile murders. Audiences will get a real sense of their tenacity in following each lead and gathering every detail until they finally identify the killer. As one detective says, ‘It’s the ABC of the detective world, accept nothing, believe nobody and challenge everything.’”

CBS Reality will also air two returning series in March. In season two of “The Real Prime Suspect”, premiering on 17th March, former Met Police Officer and the inspiration for the character of DCI Jane Tennison, Jackie Malton will examine 10 further murder cases. Season three of “Evidence of Evil”, a series about the role of forensics breakthroughs, will premiere on 18th March.


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[1] Source: BARB/ Techedge.

[2] Source: BARB/ Techedge.

[3] Source: BARB/ Techedge.

[4] Source: BARB/ Techedge.

Film & Arts Greenlights the Original Documentary “Breaking Music”, A Transformational Voyage About Music

The AMC Networks International – Latin America brand to produce

a show about tango and its connections to classical music

hosted by German baritone Benjamin Appl


AMC Networks International – Latin America’s arts and entertainment brand, Film & Arts, confirmed the commissioning of their new original documentary “Breaking Music” (1×60’) in Buenos Aires and Berlin. The new documentary, which is set to premiere later this year, will explore connections between different music genres – tango and classical – and will showcase world renowned artists.

In “Breaking Music”, Film & Arts will follow German baritone Benjamin Appl on the streets of both capital cities. Throughout this trip, Appl will look for the similarities and differences between the genre he masters and the artistry of tango. Along the way, difficulties and surprises will arise making him rethink what he previously knew about this style and why Buenos Aires is still tango’s musical factory. In Berlin, accompanied by renowned pianist Jose Gallardo, he’ll perform for an audience of music aficionados, narrating his adventures and premiering an original song composed for this occasion.

“This exciting new original production highlights our commitment to showcasing breakthrough artistry on Film & Arts through a wide range of subjects. We’re hoping to expand this documentary format to explore other music genres in the future. ‘Breaking Music’ complements our slate of high-quality programming across our portfolio of brands throughout Latin America,” said Ricardo Deben, EVP and Managing Director, AMC Networks International – Latin America.

The 37-year-old artist is recognized as “the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers” by Gramophone Magazine in the United Kingdom. He has performed in the main European music houses like the Barbican Centre London (UK), the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Holland), the Wiener Konzerthaus and Laeiszhalle Hamburg (Both in Germany).

“Breaking Music” is an AMC Networks International – Latin America original production for Film & Arts. Trinity Contenidos will serve as Associate Producer and holds exclusive rights for international distribution. Frame Zero Argentina is the production company commissioned for the production. The show is directed by Marcelo Lezama, Film & Arts’ general producer and written by Martín Preusche (“Cumbia Ninja”, “Kdabra”).

About Film & Arts 

Film & Arts is the only network in Latin America designed specifically for fans of the arts and performance in all its manifestations. With a modern and cutting-edge image reflecting “the art of entertainment,” it offers audiences a wide range of high-quality content, from top Broadway shows, live events and acclaimed contemporary series to interview programs, documentaries and films that showcase the arts. Airing in HD 24 hours a day, Film & Arts is high-value aesthetic content for demanding viewers.



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AMC Networks International Southern Europe and ATRESMEDIA’s Spanish-Language TV Pack Launches in France for the First Time on SFR and Free



Seven-Channel Bouquet – “EspañaTV”

Available to Pay-TV Operators Across Europe


“EspañaTV”, the exclusive Spanish-language channel bouquet launched by two of the most important players in Spain’s media industry, AMC Networks International Southern Europe (AMCNISE) and ATRESMEDIA Internacional, is now available for the first time in France on IPTV platforms SFR and Free, two of the country’s major pay-TV operators. The seven-channel pack is the most varied offer of Spanish-language television content marketed outside of Spain, with channels specialized in the country’s cuisine, cinema, music, current events, series and entertainment.

The channel bouquet is available to pay-TV operators across Europe, and this news follows the recent launch of EspañaTV” on MEO, one of Portugal’s biggest subscription television platforms. The channels are also widely available across pay-TV operators in Spain.

Through “EspañaTV”, AMCNISE offers its popular thematic channels 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, the only 100% music channel produced in Spain; and Somos, with a selection of classic movies from Spain. ATRESMEDIA supplies the bouquet with Antena 3 Internacional, one of Spain’s benchmark breaking news and entertainment channels; Atreseries, with acclaimed original series produced by ATRESMEDIA, and Atrescine, a channel that premieres recent Spanish films.

Manuel Balsera, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of AMCNISE, said, “These new launches build on AMCNISE’s presence in the French pay-TV market and highlight the growing demand from operators for our high-quality, distinctive content and brands as we continue to expand our footprint internationally. EspañaTV is now seen on several pay-TV platforms across Europe, and we are looking forward to building on our partnership with ATRESMEDIA and operators across the region to increase the reach of this outstanding channel bouquet.”

Mar Martínez-Raposo, General Manager of Atresmedia Internacional, commented,  “With this launch we expand our presence in France, where Atresmedia Internacional has been present since 2010 and where the greatest number of Spanish residents live. They are precisely the target audience whom we would like to attract to EspañaTV as it offers an interesting and diverse package of television channels.”

Through this partnership AMCNISE and ATRESMEDIA provide operators outside of Spain with an exclusive and diverse range of Spanish TV content, meeting the growing demand for Spanish-language content in other European countries, which is a market of more than 23 million Spanish-speakers.



About AMC Networks International Southern Europe

AMC Networks International Southern Europe (AMCNISE) 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 AMCNI’s operations in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. The company also operates direct to consumer services in Spain: OdiseaVR, Microcanales and Planet Horror.

HISTORIA, BLAZE and Crime + Investigation are produced for Spain and Portugal through The History Channel Iberia, a joint venture between AMCNISE and Hearst. Canal Hollywood, Canal Panda Biggs and Blast are exclusively produced for the Portuguese market through DREAMIA, a joint venture between AMCNISE and NOS. AMCNISE is an operating unit of AMC Networks International, the global division of AMC Networks. For more information, visit:


About ATRESMEDIA Internacional

ATRESMEDIA Internacional heads the ATRESMEDIA Group, which includes its four 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.


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AMC Studios Secures International Sales with Amazon Prime Video and AMC Networks International for Third Series in “The Walking Dead” Universe


The Series Will Be Available on Prime Video Across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, AMC Networks International Will Air the Series on AMC in Latin America, Spain and Portugal


NEW YORK, NY, October 7, 2019 – AMC Studios announced today that it has successfully sold the third television series in the “The Walking Dead” universe around the world. Amazon Prime Video will carry the new series across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe (excluding Spain and Portugal), while AMC Networks International will air it on AMC in Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

The highly-anticipated 10-episode series is currently in production in the U.S. state of Virginia and is set to premiere in 2020. The third series in the expanding universe of “The Walking Dead” is produced and distributed by AMC Studios and will air in North America on AMC.

“’The Walking Dead’ represents some of the most compelling and coveted IP in the world, so we are extremely thrilled to have lined up international distribution of the third television series in the expanding universe of ‘The Walking Dead’ with Amazon Prime Video and AMC Networks International,” said Valerie Cabrera, senior vice president of worldwide content distribution for AMC Studios. “A franchise and story that is rooted in our collective humanity, the appeal of ‘The Walking Dead’ crosses language and cultural barriers and we can’t wait to share this highly-anticipated series with fans around the globe next year.”

The third installment of the franchise will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.

The series made its panel debut at New York Comic Con this past Saturday, with participants including Co-Creators Scott M. Gimple and Showrunner Matt Negrete, along with cast members Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Annet Mahendru, Nicolas Cantu, Hal Cumpston and Nico Tortorella.

Patrick Connolly Named Senior Vice President of Programming and Marketing, AMC Networks International


New York, NY – 13 August 2019 – AMC Networks International (AMCNI) announced today it has named Patrick Connolly Senior Vice President of Programming and Marketing.

Connolly, a veteran of AMC Networks International, will take on this expanded new role which will include overseeing marketing activities for the AMC and SundanceTV global brands alongside AMCNI’s leading regional brands and channels in more than 130 countries. In addition, Connolly will continue to lead on-air creative and programming activities for AMC Global and SundanceTV Global. Connolly will also continue to serve as executive producer of all film festival coverage for SundanceTV Global. He will continue to be based in New York and report to Harold Gronenthal, Executive Vice President, Programming and Marketing, AMCNI.

Connolly was named Senior Vice President of Programming, AMC / SundanceTV Global in 2018. In this role, he successfully optimized synergies across the company’s domestic and international offices and leveraged opportunities with acquisitions and co-productions across AMC and SundanceTV services around the globe. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Programming and Scheduling, AMC / SundanceTV Global.

“Patrick is a skilled media strategist with key insights into the content industry across programming genres,” commented Gronenthal. “He has been instrumental in expanding the company’s efforts in offering award-winning programming to global audiences. This expanded role recognizes his innate talent for marketing and promotion as we build on AMCNI’s commitment to bringing audiences premium content.”

Connolly joined AMC Networks in 2011. Prior to his work with AMC / SundanceTV Global, he was a scheduling and programming consultant with SundanceTV in the United States and Showtime. In these roles he helped with planning strategy, program scheduling, and ratings analysis for new series.

Connolly began his career in programming at Fox, where he held various roles at Fox Kids / Fox Family / Fox Children’s Network including Director of Planning and Scheduling and Executive Director of Programming and Development, rising through the ranks and ultimately joining Fox Broadcasting where he served as Vice President of Children’s Programming. In that role he oversaw all aspects of children’s programming at the network, including acquisitions, scheduling, marketing and on-air.

He also worked as a documentary programming consultant at Sundance Film Festival and as a panels programmer at Outfest and moderator at BAFTA NY.

Active in various industry organizations, Connolly serves as Co-Chair of BAFTA NY’s Digital/Social Media and previously served on the board of BAFTA New York. He is also a member of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NATPE and PROMAX. In addition, he serves as Executive Champion in the LGBTQIA+ group at AMC Networks.

Connolly has a degree in English literature from UCLA.