NEW YORK, NY, June 1, 2005 – AMC, basic cable's premiere destination for movies and movie culture, announced today that it has signed a two-year agreement with the American Cinematheque to broadcast its annual celebrity tribute. The deal keeps AMC as the exclusive broadcast partner of the Cinematheque through 2006. AMC has aired previous American Cinematheque tributes honoring Steve Martin (2004), Denzel Washington (2002) and Nicole Kidman (2003).
"This tribute is a celebration of movies and the people who make them, and as a destination for movies and movie culture, it makes perfect sense that AMC will continue to be the exclusive broadcast partner of the American Cinematheque," said Rob Sorcher, AMC's Senior Vice President of Programming and Production. "The event has become one of the industry's most prestigious celebrity outings, and AMC's unique presentation spotlights the talent and creativity that go into making our favorite movies, and provides viewers with an intimate, all-access view of our industry at its best."
"AMC's commitment to movies and quality television shines through their presentation of our cherished event," said Rick Nicita, Board Chairman, American Cinematheque. "No other network could offer us the level of enthusiasm for the show's content or the vast audience as AMC. We are truly excited to continue our relationship with the network."
AMC's dedication to movies and movie culture is evidenced in its airings of popular celebrity and industry awards shows. In addition to the American Cinematheque, AMC has also aired Premiere magazine's "Women in Hollywood" luncheon, and in 2006, will air the Independent Spirit Awards through a partnership with sibling network IFC.
About American Cinematheque
Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a non-profit, viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, spcial prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions wiht the filmmakers who created the work, are Cinematheque traditions that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences.
The American Cinematheque renovated and re-opened (on December 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art theatre housed within Sid Grauman's first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. In January, 2005 the Cinematheque expanded its programming to the newly refurbished Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
AMC, a division of Rainbow Media's Entertainment Services, which also includes WE: Women's Entertainment and IFC Companies, is a 24-hour, movie-based network, dedicated to the American movie fan. The network, which reaches over 86,000,000 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. Over the past three years, AMC has garnered many of the industry's highest honors, including eight Emmy awards. AMC is "TV for movie people."