Profile: AMC Networks Inc (AMCX.O)
29 Jun 2016
AMC Networks Inc., incorporated on March 9, 2011, is a holding company, which conducts all of its operations through its subsidiaries. The Company owns and operates entertainment businesses and assets. The Company operates through two segments: National Networks, and International and Other. The National Networks segment principally includes activities of its programming businesses, which include its programming networks distributed in the United States and Canada. The International and Other segment principally includes AMC Networks International (AMCNI), 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; AMCNI- DMC, the broadcast solutions unit of certain networks of AMCNI and third-party networks, and various developing online content distribution initiatives.
The National Networks segment's programming networks include AMC, WE tv, BBC AMERICA, IFC and SundanceTV in the United States, and AMC, IFC and Sundance Channel in Canada. The National Networks segment also includes AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology, the technical services business, which services programming networks included in the National Networks segment. AMC is a television network. AMC's original drama series include The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Hell on Wheels, TURN: Washington's Spies, Halt and Catch Fire, Fear the Walking Dead, Into the Badlands and Humans. Additionally, AMC's programming includes the unscripted original shows Talking Dead, The Making of The Mob 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 cable television rights to air the films during identified window periods.
WE tv's unscripted original series includes the Braxton Family Values, Kendra on Top and Mary Mary, among others. Additionally, WE tv's programming includes series, such as CSI: Miami and Law & Order, as well as feature films, with 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 television 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!, Documentary Now! and Maron. 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, Hap and Leonard, The Last Panthers and Top of the Lake, among others. The Company provides programming to the Canadian market through its AMC and Sundance Channel brands. AMC 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 services 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 approximately 67,000 square-foot facility. In addition to serving the programming networks of the Company, AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology's affiliated and third-party clients include fuse, MSG Network, MSG+, SNY and Mid Atlantic Sports Network.
International and Other
The International and Other segment's AMCNI delivers programming that reaches subscribers in over 140 countries and territories. AMCNI consists of Sundance Channel and AMC brands. AMCNI-UK distributes television programming throughout the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia, and manages a portfolio of approximately 20 channel brands, including AMC, Extreme Sports Channel and Jim Jam. The portfolio includes a number of 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. AMCNI-Iberia is a distributor of thematic television channels in Spain and Portugal. The portfolio consists of approximately 20 television channels, including AMC, Sundance Channel, 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-Central Europe operates a portfolio of thematic television channels with a focus on the Central and Eastern European market, including over 10 television brands in a range of genres, including sport, kids, infotainment, and OBN and film. Its sport genre includes television brands, such as Sport1, Sport2 and SportM. Its kids genre includes television brands, such as Minimax and Megamax. Its infotainment genre includes television brands, such as Spektrum, TVPaprika and Spektrum Home. Its OBN and film genre includes television brands, such as AMC, Film Mania, Film Cafe and Film+. 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 over five channels including, AMC, Film&Arts, Europa Europa, Mas Chic and El Gourmet.
AMCNI distributes television programming in the Middle East and Asia focusing on the versions of Sundance Channel. Sundance Channel features certain content from AMC, IFC, SundanceTV and IFC Films, as well as a pipeline of international content. AMCNI-DMC is a media logistics service provider of playout services, content distribution, video on demand and television everywhere services. The Amsterdam-based digital media facility is engaged in the publishing and delivery of multi-lingual and multi-platform content. AMCNI-DMC transmits over 100 channels across continental Europe, the United Kingdom, the 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 global audience. IFC Films operates approximately 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), digital versatile discs (DVDs) and cable network television, and streaming/downloading to computers and other electronic devices. IFC Films has a film library consisting of over 700 titles. IFC Films also operates the IFC Center and the DOC NYC Film Festival. IFC Center is an independent movie theater located in the New York City's Greenwich Village. DOC NYC is an annual festival also located in New York City celebrating documentary storytelling in film, photography, prose and other media.
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