MIPTV: AMC Unveils Global Network
AMC Networks will premiere new series, including 'Fear the Walking Dead' and 'Into the Badlands' worldwide less than 24 hours after their U.S. premieres.
A little more than a year after AMC Networks slapped down $1 billion for Chellomedia, the international channels unit of John Malone's cable giant Liberty Global, AMC can lay claim to being truly global.
As AMC executives land in Cannes for international television market MipTV this week, they come as representatives not of an upstart U.S. cable network but as a worldwide brand with networks in some 115 countries and territories.
AMC's suite of international pay TV channels — which in addition to the AMC network also include Sundance Channel, elgourmet, Europa Europa and Film&Arts — has expanded across Latin America. AMC recently added distributors in Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Columbia; across Central Europe, with new multiyear carriage deals in Slovakia, Hungary and Serbia; and in the Asia-Pacific region with new deals for Sundance Channel in Taiwan, Cambodia and Mongolia and a new broadcaster for AMC in Singapore.
By pushing into every tiny corner of the globe, AMC is laying the groundwork for a worldwide network that will mirror its U.S. channel. AMC Networks International has exclusive first-window rights for several new AMC series, including martial arts skein Into the Badlands, the new season of 1980s computer drama Halt and Catch Fire and the hotly anticipated Walking Dead companion series Fear the Walking Dead. Each of the new series will debut on AMC's global networks less than 24 hours after its U.S. premiere.
You can check out the trailer for Fear the Walking Dead below.