AMC Global, the international AMC-branded television network, and BT have revealed a wide array of TV series and movies to premiere on AMC from BT TV with the channel’s launch in the UK on August 28th.
From launch, AMC will be the exclusive home of this summer’s most anticipated new series, Fear the Walking Dead, a companion series to global hit The Walking Dead – the #1 show on US TV among adults 18-49. The first episode of Fear the Walking Dead will be made available free of charge to all audiences on the BT Showcase Channel (Freeview channel 59) as well as premiering on AMC from BT (BT TV channel 381 in HD and 332 in SD) on August 31st at 9:00 pm. Sky viewers will also have free access to the first episode via AMC from BT on channel 192. The AMC from BT channel will be available for free to all BT TV and BT Sport Pack subscribers. Customers do not need to take any action to receive the channel – it will automatically be added.
The channel will also premiere the acclaimed drama Rectify from the producers of Breaking Bad exclusively on 1st September at 9:00 pm.
AMC from BT will also feature the exclusive UK television premieres of top films, including Only God Forgives starring Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas on August 29th at 11:00 pm, The Beaver starring Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson on September 15th at 7:00 pm and Shelter starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers on September 17th at 11:00 pm. These titles were acquired from Icon Film Distribution.
Two of the most acclaimed original AMC series, Breaking Bad and Mad Men, will also be seen on the channel in the UK as part of agreements with Sony Pictures Television and Lionsgate respectively, alongside popular movies and series from both distributors. All seven seasons of Mad Men will debut starting August 30th at 9:00 pm with a special double bill with a new episode following each Sunday, and the premiere of Breaking Bad will be announced soon.
In addition, AMC from BT will showcase the first window premieres of original series Cleaners acquired from Sony Pictures Television (on 5th September at 11:30pm) and two seasons of Manhattan from Lionsgate. Eight seasons of the comedy-drama Weeds will air as part of the agreement with Lionsgate starting 2nd September at 9:00 pm with a double bill each week. AMC will also air popular film titles such as Clerks and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind from Miramax and Babel and Dreamgirls from Paramount Pictures.
“BT customers will soon have exclusive access to some of the most anticipated new original series and movies as part of AMC’s launch later this week,” says Delia Bushell, Managing Director, BT TV & BT Sport. “We’re looking forward to showcasing the most compelling new content from one of the world’s most celebrated TV channels for audiences in the months ahead.”
“We’re excited to offer audiences a terrific line-up of exclusive original series and films on AMC as part of our first-ever launch in the UK in partnership with BT,” commented Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global. “Combined with the first window UK premieres of Fear the Walking Dead and Rectify, AMC will offer an unparalleled selection of programming that will appeal to a wide range of adult audiences.”
The deal follows significant expansion for AMC since the company launched the brand for the first time outside North America late last year. AMC is now seen on subscription television platforms in over 125 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.