Award-Winning Series to Debut in Numerous Countries
New York, NY – 1 September 2011 – AMC/Sundance Channel Global today announced it has acquired the rights to multiple seasons of Mad Men for Sundance Channel in Asia and Europe. The acquisition reinforces Sundance Channel’s commitment to offering high quality programming to international audiences across multiple platforms.
In Asia, Sundance Channel will premiere Season One of Mad Men in October. Sundance Channel will debut the 13×60’ series in HD for the first time in Korea, as well as premiere the show on its channels in Singapore and Taiwan.
In Europe, Season One will also premiere in Spain in October. Season Two will premiere in HD for the first time in France and French-speaking Benelux in October.
“We’re excited to bring the brilliant storytelling and colorful characters of Mad Men in HD to Sundance Channel viewers,” commented Harold Gronenthal, Senior Vice President and General Manager, AMC/Sundance Channel Global. “We believe Mad Men provides the perfect balance to our array of critically acclaimed independent film and specials and will help bring more viewers to not only Sundance Channel but also the HD platforms we are carried on in Asia and Europe. Mad Men is part of the AMC Networks family, and we look forward to bringing more of these programs to Sundance Channel Global.”
“Mad Men has found a global audience that continues to enjoy the adventures of Madison Avenue in the Sixties,” said Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner. “It’s terrific news that the show has found a home on Sundance Channel internationally. We continue to be humbled and amazed at the wonderful reception we get from fans of the show all over the world.”
Sundance Channel acquired the rights to Mad Men from Lionsgate, including rights to air additional instalments of the series through Season Four.
Set in 1960s New York, Mad Men is a sexy and provocative original drama that follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising. Created and executive produced by Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winner Matthew Weiner, the show’s cast includes: Golden Globe®-winner Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Rich Sommer, Aaron Staton, Robert Morse and Kiernan Shipka. Lionsgate, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, produces the series.
Mad Men, was just honored with 19 Emmy® nominations for the upcoming 63rd annual ceremony, making it the most nominated series of the year. The show reigns as the only television series in U.S. cable history to win Outstanding Drama three years in a row (2008, 2009 and 2010) at the prestigious awards show. Jon Hamm received an Emmy® nomination as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (fourth nomination), and Elisabeth Moss received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (second nomination in this category). Mad Men also received Best Drama Series trophies at the Golden Globe® Awards three years in a row (2008, 2009 and 2010), among many other honors.
About Sundance Channel Global
Dedicated to founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different. Bold, imaginative and uncompromising, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of high-quality independent films, documentaries and original programs. Sundance Channel Global is available in countries throughout Europe and Asia. Owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., Sundance Channel is a highly recognizable and magnetic brand that is available in HD and across multiple platforms.
About AMC Networks Inc.
Dedicated to producing quality programming and movie content for more than 30 years, AMC Networks Inc., owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television. AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, and IFC Films produce and deliver distinctive, compelling and culturally relevant content that engages audiences across multiple platforms. The company also operates AMC/Sundance Channel Global, an international programming business, and AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology, a full-service network programming feed origination and distribution company.