Sony Launches New AXN Networks Across Central Europe

David Strick
AXN Black will target a male demo with series such as "Justified."

Local-language versions of pay channels AXN Black and AXN White will bow in October.

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) is rolling out two versions of its AXN branded pay-TV channel for Central Europe, with the launches set for October.

The two channels, AXN White and AXN Black, will offer local-language programming to audiences across the region, covering Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. 

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Programming on AXN White will be more female-oriented, with character-driven dramas and series such as Heartland and features including Eat Pray Love. AXN Black will be a full-on action channel targeting a largely male demo, with series like Spartacus and Justified and reality series such as Black Gold and Duck Commander.

The channels will replace AXN Sci-Fi and AXN Crime in Central Europe. Sony will continue to operate its flagship AXN channel, animation network Animax and youth-focused network AXN Spin in the region.