Profile: AMC Networks Inc (AMCX.O)
8 Oct 2015
AMC Networks Inc., incorporated on March 9, 2011, is a holding company , which conducts all of its operations through its majority-owned or controlled subsidiaries. The Company owns and operates various cable television brands. The Company has operations in Chellomedia. The Company also has a 49.9% interest in the cable channel BBC AMERICA. The Company manages its business through two operating segments: National Networks, which principally includes five nationally distributed programming networks: AMC, WE tv, BBC AMERICA, IFC, and SundanceTV , which are available to its distributors in high-definition and/or standard-definition formats, and, International and Other, which principally includes AMC Networks International (formerly Chellomedia and AMC/Sundance Channel Global), the Company's international programming businesses consisting of a portfolio of channels in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Asia and Africa; IFC Films, the Company's independent film distribution business; AMC Networks International - DMC (formerly Chello DMC), the broadcast solutions unit of certain networks of AMC Networks International and third party networks; and various developing on-line content distribution initiatives.
The Company's National Networks segment includes programming networks , which are distributed throughout the United States via cable and other multichannel video programming distribution platforms, including direct broadcast satellite (DBS) and platforms operated by telecommunications providers. AMC, IFC, and SundanceTV are also distributed in Canada. The National Networks operating segment also includes AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology, the National Networks' technical services business, which primarily services most of the nationally distributed programming networks of the Company.
AMC's original drama series include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, TURN: Washington's Spies and Halt and Catch Fire. Additionally, AMC's programming includes the unscripted original shows Talking Dead and Comic Book Men. AMC's film library consists of films that are licensed under contracts from studios , such as Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Sony, MGM, NBC Universal, Paramount and Buena Vista. AMC generally structures its contracts for the exclusive cable television rights to air the films during identified window periods.
WE tv's unscripted original series includes the hit shows Braxton Family Values, Kendra on Top and Mary Mary, among others. WE tv debuted its first scripted original series, The Divide, in 2014. The network's second scripted original series, South of Hell, debuts in 2015. Additionally, WE tv's programming includes series , such as CSI: Miami and Law & Order , as well as feature films, with exclusive license rights to certain films from studios , such as Paramount, MGM, Disney and Warner Bros.
IFC creates original comedies that are in keeping with the network's Always On. Slightly Off brand and , which air alongside a collection of films and comedic TV shows. The network's original content includes the comedy series Portlandia, created by and starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, and executive produced by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels. Other IFC originals include Comedy Bang! Bang!, Maron, The Birthday Boys and The Spoils of Babylon produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Funny or Die; a second installment of the franchise - The Spoils Before Dying - premieres in 2015. IFC's programming also includes films from various film distributors, including Fox, Miramax, Sony, Lionsgate, Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros.
SundanceTV includes original scripted and unscripted programming, such as Rectify, The Red Road, Babylon, and Top of the Lake, among others. The Company provides programming to the Canadian market through its AMC and Sundance Channel brands, AMC , which is distributed through affiliation arrangements with all Canadian multichannel video programming distributors and Sundance Channel through trademark license and content distribution arrangements with Canadian programming outlets.
AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology is a network programming feed origination and distribution company, which primarily services most of the national programming networks of the Company. AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology's operations are located in Bethpage, New York, where AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology consolidates origination and satellite communications functions in a 60,000 square-foot facility. In addition to serving most of the programming networks of the Company, AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology's affiliated and third-party clients include fuse, MSG Network, MSG Plus, SNY and Mid Atlantic Sports Network.
International and Other
The Company's International and Other segment includes AMC Networks International (AMCNI), the global division of AMC Networks, delivers programming that reaches subscribers in more than 140 countries and territories, including countries and territories in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Asia and Africa. AMC Networks International consists of Sundance Channel and AMC brands.
AMCNI - Central Europe operates a portfolio of thematic television channels with a focus on the Central and Eastern European market, including 12 television brands in four genres: sport: Sport1, Sport2, SportM, kids: Minimax, Megamax, infotainment: Spektrum, TVPaprika, Spektrum Home and film: AMC, Film Mania and Film Cafe. The channels are programmed for local audiences, languages and markets. AMCNI - Iberia is a distributor of thematic television channels in Spain and Portugal. The current portfolio consists of 18 television channels including AMC, Canal Hollywood, Odisea, Sol Musica, Canal Cocina and Decasa, and a number of channels owned through joint ventures. The channels are programmed for local audiences, languages and markets.
AMCNI - Latin America produces and distributes television programming throughout Spanish and Portuguese speaking Latin America, the Caribbean and other territories. The portfolio consists of 11 channels including AMC, Film&Arts, Europa Europa, el gourmet, Casa Club TV, Cosmopolitan TV, Ella, Canal (a), Reality TV, AM Sports and El Garage TV. AMCNI - Zone produces television programming throughout the United Kingdom and other countries in EMEA and Asia and manages a portfolio of 20 channel brands, including Horror Channel (in Italy), Extreme Sports Channel and Jim Jam. The portfolio includes channels owned through joint ventures in the EMEA region, including the Outdoor Channel and Polsat Jim Jam entertainment channels, as well as CBS Drama, CBS Action, CBS Reality and CBS Europa.
AMC/Sundance Channel Global's business principally consists of 11 distinct channels distributed in 18 languages spread across over 70 countries, focusing primarily on the global version of Sundance Channel. Principally generating revenues from affiliation fees, AMC/Sundance Channel Global has an availability to distributors within these territories through satellite and fiber delivery that can facilitate future expansion. Sundance Channel's global services feature certain content from AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and IFC Films, as well as serve as a pipeline of international content, in an effort to provide distinctive programming to an upscale audience.
AMCNI - DMC is a media logistics service provider of playout services, content distribution, video on demand and TV everywhere services. The Amsterdam-based advanced digital media facility is engaged in the publishing and delivery of multi-lingual and multi-platform content. AMCNI-DMC currently transmits over 100 channels across continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Middle East, Asia and South Africa. AMCNI- DMC's third party clients include Fox International Channels, A&E Networks, Sony Pictures Television Entertainment and Liberty Global.
IFC Films, the Company's independent film distribution business, makes independent films available to a worldwide audience. IFC Films operates three distribution labels: Sundance Selects, IFC Films and IFC Midnight, all of , which distribute independent films across all available media platforms, including in theaters, on cable/satellite video-on-demand (reaching approximately 50 million homes), DVDs and cable network television, and streaming/downloading to computers and other electronic devices. IFC Films has a film library consisting of more than 600 titles. Recent successes include Oscar-nominated Boyhood (IFC Films) from writer-director Richard Linklater, Oscar-nominated Two Days, One Night (Sundance Selects) starring Marion Cotillard, and Oscar-nominated documentary Finding Vivian Maier (IFC Films).
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