By Robert Briel
April 1, 2012 10.44 Europe/London
MIPTV 2012 – CANNES. AMC/Sundance Channel Global is bolstering its programming slate by acquiring the rights to a wide range of new productions, acclaimed series and independent films, including Weeds, Damages, The Straits, The Slap and independent films from festivals including Sundance Film Festival, Cannes, Venice and more.
“AMC/Sundance Channel Global has experienced expanded growth over a very short time and while our advanced rights offering and robust VOD services are embraced by operators, it is our outstanding programming that caters to a hungry audience and continues to drive the growth of our business,” stated Bruce Tuchman, president, AMC/Sundance Channel Global. “These acquisitions reinforce our commitment to offering high quality, independent-minded programming to international audiences across multiple platforms.”
Cult hit series Weeds has been acquired for Sundance Channel in France and French Benelux through a deal with Lionsgate.
The series Damages has been acquired for Sundance Channel in Spain and Portugal through an agreement with Sony Pictures Television.
The Straits is a new darkly humorous crime drama series set in Australia. Premiere window rights have been acquired for Sundance Channel in Eastern Europe, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, France, Benelux and select territories in Asia through an agreement with DCD Rights.
The Slap is a new drama mini-series based on the bestselling book by Christos Tsiolkas. Sundance Channel has acquired premiere window rights for the series to air in Dutch Benelux through an agreement with DCD Rights. This agreement builds on the channel’s previously acquired rights for the program in Eastern Europe, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Asia.
Numerous film titles have been acquired including Bellflower and Myth of the American Sleepover. The deal includes over 25 premiere window titles on Sundance Channel in Eastern Europe and Belgium.
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