Amanda Knox to Expand Podcasting Role With SundanceTV and Sundance Now – TCA

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Amanda Knox is expanding her relationship with SundanceTV and Sundance Now, with her true crime podcast “The Truth About True Crime with Amanda Knox,” set to launch more episodes, AMC Networks announced Saturday at TCA.

AMC Networks Beats Q3 Earnings Estimates as International Growth Takes Off

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AMC Networks beat the Street in the third quarter of 2018, reporting adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $2.15 on $697 million in revenue. Compare those with Wall Street’s forecasts: $1.80 in EPS on $694.29 million in revenue, per a consensus compiled by Yahoo Finance.

Overall, the publicly traded corporation’s revenues over the 90 days that ended on Sept. 30, 2018 rose 7.5 percent. We can break that down as growth of 3.5 percent at the national networks and a big 34.6 percent increase internationally. While that’s a big disparity on a percentage basis, AMC’s national networks group (AMC, WE tv, BBC America, IFC and SundanceTV; and AMC Studios, the Company’s television production business) is still almost 4x as large as the global arm.

Over the three months measured for these results, AMC’s national networks saw a 5 percent increase in distribution revenue, which was mostly thanks to increased subscription sales and greater content licensing returns.

It’s worth pointing out here that most of Season 4 of “Better Call Saul” aired during the summer quarter. “The Walking Dead” Season 9 waited for Q4 to premiere. The zombie drama’s spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead” ran in the third quarter.

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AMC’s international and “other” segment principally consists of AMC Networks International, the company’s international programming business; IFC Films, its independent film distribution business; Levity Entertainment Group, AMC’s production services and comedy venues business; and the company’s owned subscription streaming services, Sundance Now and Shudder.

Shareholders can thank Levity for much of Q3’s revenue growth.

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On Thursday, AMC also announced it has completed its acquisition of RLJ Entertainment, the home to Acorn TV and UMC (Urban Movie Channel).

“Today we announced our acquisition of RLJ Entertainment, the company behind the growing streaming services Acorn TV and UMC, which now reach nearly one million subscribers. This acquisition represents a major step forward for AMC Networks as we further diversify our business through direct-to-consumer offerings that we own and control, and through our AMC Studios operation and our international channels business,” President and CEO Josh Sapan said in comments accompanying the financials. “In an evolving media and entertainment marketplace, AMC Networks continues to be very well positioned based on our size, our pricing and our strong content, which includes three of the top five dramas on ad-supported cable, and we remain the most widely available independent programmer among virtual MVPDs. In the third quarter, we delivered solid financial performance and we are on track to meet our 2018 full-year financial targets of total company revenue and adjusted operating income growth.”

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Shares of AMCX stock closed Wednesday afternoon at $58.58, up 84 cents. The U.S. stock markets reopen at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Sapan and other AMC executives will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the quarter in greater detail. One key player will be missing, however.

Last month, “New Fox” said that AMC Networks president and general manager Charlie Collier would be leaving the company to become entertainment CEO of (what will be left of) Fox following the Disney deal. Collier presided over AMC’s reinvention into a scripted drama powerhouse on the strength of Emmy darlings like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” and the striking ratings of “The Walking Dead.”

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AMC Networks will continue to be led by Sapan and COO Ed Carroll. David Madden also joined last year as president of programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.

AMC is looking for a permanent replacement for Collier.

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‘State Of The Union’: First-Look Photo Of Rosamund Pike & Chris O’Dowd In SundanceTV Comedy Series

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SundanceTV and See-Saw Films have released a first-look image of Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) in State of the Union, the short-form comedy series directed by Stephen Frears (A Very English Scandal, Philomena) and written by …

Rosamund Pike & Chris O’Dowd To Star In Stephen Frears-Directed, Nick Hornby-Penned Comedy Series For SundanceTV

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Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike and Bridesmaids star Chris O’Dowd are set to star in a Stephen Frears-directed comedy series for SundanceTV.
The pair are to front the short-form comedy series State Of The Union, which will be a series of ten-by-ten minute…

AMC Networks Sets David Madden’s Senior Leadership Team

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AMC Networks has set its senior leadership team under programming president David Madden, which includes promotions for Ben Davis, Eliot Goldberg and Kristin Jones. Additionally, Susie Fitzgerald has extended her contract.

Here are the appointments and personnel bios, straight from AMC’s announcement:

Ben Davis, who had most recently been senior vice president of programming for AMC and SundanceTV, is being elevated to a new role as executive vice president of programming for AMC Studios. He will be the programming leader at the studio, continuing to develop content for AMC and SundanceTV and also for networks and platforms beyond the company. Davis joined AMC in 2005 and has steadily risen through its programming group as a result of his work with creators on a broad array of shows that continue to define the network, including “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “The Terror,” “Preacher,” “Better Call Saul,” “Halt and Catch Fire” and the upcoming series ‘NOS4A2.”

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Susie Fitzgerald has extended her agreement with the company as its executive vice president of programming for AMC and SundanceTV, and remains the senior executive focused on finding and developing compelling series content for these networks. She joined AMC in 2009 and has overseen the network’s early iconic drama series and a new generation of shows including “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul,” “Preacher,” “Into the Badlands,” “Dietland” and the forthcoming “Lodge 49.”

Eliot Goldberg, who was senior vice president of non-fiction programming for AMC and SundanceTV, is being promoted to executive vice president of non-fiction programming for AMC and SundanceTV, also with a continued focus on developing and overseeing programming for the networks and the company’s growing studio business. Goldberg, who joined AMC in 2013, has guided and overseen an expansion of non-fiction programming at both AMC and SundanceTV in recent years, with shows like “Ride with Norman Reedus,” the “Visionaries” documentary series including “James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction” and upcoming installments dedicated to horror and hip-hop, and a move into true crime documentaries on SundanceTV with “Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders” and the forthcoming Jonestown documentary.

Kristin Jones, most recently senior vice president of international programming for AMC and SundanceTV, is being promoted to executive vice president of international programming for AMC and SundanceTV. She will continue to find and develop international co-productions for the networks and is also adding new AMC Studios responsibilities to her portfolio, through which she will find and develop content domestically for the studio. The international group, under Kristin’s direction, will also be developing projects for AMC Networks and third parties through AMC Studios. Jones joined the company in 2014 and has been responsible for finding and developing notable international co-productions including “The Night Manager,” “McMafia,” “Humans” and the forthcoming “The Little Drummer Girl” for AMC and “Liar” and “The Split” for SundanceTV.

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“Before I worked here, I admired this foursome from afar — and they’re even better up close,” Madden said on Thursday. “What this announcement signifies is their melding together into an exceptional senior leadership team, one that has already helped establish AMC as one of the strongest brands in television. They have found, developed, and nurtured the shows that define our network and entertain and captivate millions of viewers. In these new and elevated roles, this impressive quartet will drive our continued success across AMC, SundanceTV, and a growing AMC Studios business. I am looking forward to all that we will accomplish together.”

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BBC One Renews ‘The Split’ Divorce Drama For Second Season

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Creator Abi Morgan’s The Split has been renewed for a second season on BBC One. Produced by Sister Pictures, the first six-episode season completed its UK run on Tuesday and began airing in the U.S. on SundanceTV last week. The female-led legal drama i…

SundanceTV Boards Limited Series ‘In The Name Of The Rose’ Starring John Turturro, Michael Emerson & Rupert Everett

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SundanceTV has boarded The Name of the Rose, a limited international drama series based on Umberto Eco’s acclaimed novel, that stars John Turturro (The Night Of), Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest) and Rupert Everett (Miss Peregrine’s Hom…

‘The Split’: Creator Abi Morgan Files Papers On Female-Led Divorce Drama For BBC One & SundanceTV

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Suffragette writer Abi Morgan says that a teenage hockey match was the inspiration behind BBC One and SundanceTV’s drama The Split, which brings together high-profile divorces, an obsession with other peoples’ relationships and a predominantly female c…

‘Unspeakable’: Sarah Wayne Callies & Shawn Doyle Lead Cast Of CBC/Sundance TV Miniseries

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Sarah Wayne Callies (Colony, The Walking Dead), Shawn Doyle (Bellevue, Big Love), Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1, Saving Hope) and Camille Sullivan (The Disappearance, The Man in the High Castle) have been cast in Unspeakable, an eight-part miniseries set for premiere on CBC in Canada and SundanceTV in the U.S. Production begins this spring in Vancouver.
Created by Robert C. Cooper (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis) and based on…

SundanceTV Greenlights True-Crime Docuseries ‘No One Saw A Thing’ From Blumhouse TV

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SundanceTV has given the green light to No One Saw A Thing (working title) a true crime docuseries from Blumhouse Television, with Israeli filmmaker Avi Belkin (Winding) attached to direct and executive produce.
The six-episode series examines an unsolved and mysterious death in the American Heartland and the corrosive effects of vigilantism in small town America. The case garnered international attention in the early 1980s after a resident was shot dead in front of…

SundanceTV Teams With Blumhouse Television on New True Crime Documentary Series

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SundanceTV and its streaming service Sundance Now have greenlit Blumhouse Television’s true crime documentary series “No One Saw a Thing.”

Israeli filmmaker Avi Belkin will direct and executive produce the six-episode show. Alexandra Shiva, Jason Blum (pictured above), Jeremy Gold, and Marci Wiseman are also set executive produce; Mary Lisio is co-executive producer.

“No One Saw a Thing” examines an unsolved and mysterious death in the American Heartland and the corrosive effects of vigilantism in small town America, per Sundance. The case garnered international attention in the early 1980s after a resident was shot dead in front of almost 60 townspeople. These witnesses deny having seen anything, to this very day.

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Production is currently underway and the show will launch on SundanceTV and Sundance Now in 2019.

“No One Saw a Thing” is the next step in SundanceTV shoring up its true crime slate. The AMC-owned cable channel recently ordered true crime docuseries “The Road to Jonestown,” which hails in part from executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio.

“Produced under the auspices of Blumhouse Television, with prestigious creative talent on board and a compelling mystery at its core, ‘No One Saw a Thing’ is the perfect project for SundanceTV’s and Sundance Now’s discerning audience,” said Jan Diedrichsen, general manager, SundanceTV and Sundance Now. “We have a robust fan base who revel in evocative storytelling, and this exploration will certainly satisfy their appetite for a thought-provoking — and unsolved — true crime story. What’s more, this project underscores SundanceTV’s commitment to working with top tier talent to explore infamous crimes and the impact of these stories on popular culture.”

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“Stranger than fiction, ‘No One Saw a Thing’ is one of those unbelievable stories that requires the passion of a storyteller like Avi Belkin who will stop at nothing to get to the truth. We brought Alexandra Shiva on board to help shepherd the project because of our successful history together,” said Jeremy Gold, co-president Blumhouse Television.

“With its avid audience of fans who enjoy creative and smart entertainment, SundanceTV is the perfect platform. Fans will also have an opportunity to share their own conspiracy theories over social media,” added Marci Wiseman, co-president Blumhouse Television.

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SundanceTV Orders Blumhouse TV Docu Series ‘No One Saw a Thing’

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SundanceTV Renews ‘Liar’ For Season 2

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Lee Ingleby Looks to Raise Awareness about Autism in ‘The A Word’

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‘The Split’: First Look At SundanceTV & BBC One Divorce Drama

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SundanceTV and BBC One have released first-look images of Abi Morgan’s divorce drama The Split, produced by Jane Featherstone’s Sister Pictures.
The six-part drama stars Stephen Mangan (Episodes) and Nicola Walker (River, Last Tango in Halifax) alongside Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me), Fiona Button (Lip Service), Deborah Findlay (Leaving), Annabel Scholey (Being Human) and Barry Atsma (Hector and the Search for Happiness).