Created By Matthew Weiner ("The Sopranos") Scheduled To Premiere in Summer 2007
PASADENA, CA, January 12, 2007 – AMC is getting ready to go into production on the original dramatic series Mad Men, created, written and executive produced by Matthew Weiner (Executive Producer/Writer, "The Sopranos"). Produced for AMC by Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF), the series is set to premiere Summer 2007.
A smart, cinematic drama about the professional lives, social mores and sexual exploits of advertising executives on Madison Avenue circa 1960, Mad Men captures the industry at the height of its glamour, power, and prestige. The setting is the Sterling Cooper agency, which sells everything from cigarettes to political candidates. Jon Hamm (We Were Soldiers) stars as Don Draper, a fast-rising creative director whose smooth exterior conceals any number of secrets. Joining Hamm in the cast will be: Elisabeth Moss ("West Wing"), Vincent Kartheiser ("Angel"), January Jones (American Wedding), and Christina Hendricks ("Kevin Hill"), as well as guest star John Slattery ("K Street," "Sex and the City").
In 2004, Matthew Weiner earned an Emmy® nomination for "The Sopranos" episode "Unidentified Black Males." He has written or co-written eight "The Sopranos" episodes, including last season's "Luxury Lounge." Weiner's other writing credits include "Andy Richter Controls the Universe," "Becker" and "The Naked Truth." AMC's Christina Wayne, Vice President of Scripted Series and Movies, and Vlad Wolynetz, Vice President of Production, Series and Movies will oversee production for the new series.
AMC, a division of Rainbow Media's Entertainment Services, which also includes WE tv and IFC Companies, is a 24-hour, movie-based network, dedicated to the American movie fan. The network, which reaches over 90,000,000 homes, offers a comprehensive library of popular movies and a critically-acclaimed slate of original programming that is a diverse, movie-based mix of original series, documentaries and specials. AMC has garnered many of the industry's highest honors, including 14 Emmy awards. AMC is "TV for movie people."
About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media creates and manages some of the country's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands including popular national and regional television channels AMC, fuse, The Independent Film Channel (IFC), WE tv, and two FSN affiliated regional sports networks managed by Rainbow Sports Networks. The company also manages Mag Rack and sportskool, two original on-demand networks; VOOM HD Networks, the largest and most diverse suite of high definition channels available anywhere; IFC Entertainment, its film distribution, production and exhibition division; Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales division; and Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company.
Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, winning this year's Best Picture Academy Award® for Crash, generating two consecutive years of $300 million-plus domestic theatrical box office, operating a $500 million-plus home entertainment business and producing a broad slate of prime time television series for fiscal 2007. It is a premier producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, and video-on-demand content. Its prestigious and prolific library of more than 10,000 titles is a valuable source of stable, recurring revenue and a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.