AMC/Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks has announced numerous personnel appointments and the acquisition of a wide array of award winning films and acclaimed series. Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC/Sundance Channel Global, made the announcement ahead of the company’s participation at next week’s Asia Pacific Pay-TV Operators Summit in Bali.
The company has announced several new appointments to support growth momentum across the Asia Pacific region. Courtney Williams has been appointed to the newly created position of Managing Director of Business Development and Strategy, Asia Pacific, AMC/Sundance Channel Global. Donovan Castillo-Mohlman has been named Head of Programming and Scheduling, Asia Pacific, and Lorraine Ou has been appointed Marketing Manager, Asia Pacific, AMC/Sundance Channel Global.
In addition, the company has acquired the Academy Award-winning film Amour (2012 Best Foreign Language Film) and the documentary Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Best Documentary Feature). Amour, which also won the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, will be made available on transactional video on demand prior to the linear service premiere in a deal with Les Films du Losange. Searching for Sugar Man, which has been acquired from Protagonist, will be available on both the linear and subscription video on demand services. Both films will debut on Sundance Channel Malaysia in the coming weeks.
For Sundance Channel services across Asia, the hit period drama Mr Selfridge (1 x 90’ + 9 x 60’) has been acquired in an exclusive premiere window rights deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Sundance Channel has also acquired exclusive premiere window rights for the British miniseries Secret State (4 x 60’) from ALL3MEDIA International (produced by Company Pictures). Premiere dates for all acquisitions will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tuchman commented, “These new acquisitions and appointments reflect the strong growth we are experiencing across the Asia Pacific region as well as our ambitious plans for the future. Sundance Channel and WE tv will continue to showcase the best content from AMC Networks, as well as offer exclusive series and films for our expanding audiences.”
Sundance Channel will also debut several other films over the coming months in Asia, including The Unloved, Shifty, The Imposter, Faintheart, Cosmopolis and Official Story, among others.
WE tv Asia will premiere numerous series over the next few months including You Deserve This House (40×60’), season 3 of Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best (8×60’), World Kitchen (6×60’), season 5 of My Fair Wedding With David Tutera (12×60’) and I Found the Gown (8×60’). The channel recently announced the acquisition two new unscripted series for WE tv Asia; the critically acclaimed docu-series Push Girls (14×30’) and Cyndi (12×30’), which showcases the over-the-top life of Grammy winning music icon Cyndi Lauper.