First Window Acquisition from Entertainment One Highlights Network’s Commitment to Original Drama
Series to Premiere on Eve of Sundance London
New York – 25 February 2014 – AMC/Sundance Channel Global and Entertainment One (eOne) announced today that the highly anticipated AMC Networks original series “The Red Road” will premiere exclusively on Sundance Channel internationally on the eve of the Sundance London film and music festival on 24 April. Extending its commitment to showcasing first run original drama, AMC/Sundance Channel Global has secured exclusive rights for the 6×60’ series for Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and key European territories including France, Iberia, Benelux, Poland and CEE.
“The Red Road” star Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”) will celebrate the launch next month by attending a European press junket in support of the series.
The acquisition of “The Red Road” complements Sundance Channel’s current line-up of global hits from AMC Networks, including “Rectify,” “Mad Men,” “The Walking Dead” and eOne’s “Hell on Wheels,” among other shows. The news follows numerous recent distribution deals internationally for Sundance Channel’s linear and VOD services.
Earlier this year, eOne and AMC Networks signed an exclusive multi-year distribution agreement whereby eOne acquired international distribution rights for original scripted series from U.S. based AMC Networks’ AMC and Sundance Channel, including “The Red Road.”
Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC/Sundance Channel Global, commented, “We are thrilled to add the newest original series from AMC Networks to Sundance Channel’s slate of first run original drama. ‘The Red Road’ is an atmospheric and enthralling series that solidifies Sundance Channel as a destination for high quality independent-minded entertainment across platforms. We’re committed to supporting the growth of the pay-TV industry with distinctive programming and an advanced rights offering that helps operators to attract even more subscribers.”
The series boasts an exceptional cast featuring Momoa, Martin Henderson (Devil’s Knot, The Ring, Smokin’ Aces), Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County, “Boardwalk Empire”), Tamara Tunie (“Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit,” “The Good Wife”), Annalise Basso (Oculus, Standing Up), Allie Gonino (“The Lying Game,” Hidden Away), Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga, Wind Walkers), Lisa Bonet (High Fidelity, “The Cosby Show”) and Golden Globe nominee Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Heat).
“The Red Road”is a gripping, dramatic thriller that presents two distinct visions of America today as played out through the conflict between two different men. The series revolves around a local sheriff (Henderson) struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up just outside of New York City, and the neighboring mountains—home of a federally unrecognized Native American tribe. After a terrible tragedy and cover-up further divides these worlds, an uneasy alliance is forged between the officer and a dangerous member of the tribe (Momoa). As each of the two men find themselves increasingly compromised by the other and the emotional ghosts of their collective pasts begin to emerge, the lives of both quickly unravel, leading to terrible consequences.
Hailing from acclaimed writer Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband, Prisoners) and veteran producer Sarah Condon (“Bored to Death”), “The Red Road”consists of six one-hour episodes. The series is executive produced by Guzikowski and Condon, and Bridget Carpenter (“Friday Night Lights,”“Parenthood”) is executive producer and showrunner. Award-winning director James Gray (The Immigrant, Two Lovers, We Own The Night) directed the first episode.
Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of first run original drama and other iconic programming, award winning and locally appealing independent films and documentaries. It is available to pay-TV operators as a standard and high definition linear television channel, VOD service and via mobile and online authenticated streaming. Additionally, select VOD program offerings are available during theatrical windows so audiences can watch films that are still in theatres from the comfort of their own homes.
In addition to Sundance Channel, AMC/Sundance Channel Global offers WE tv in Asia, a women’s lifestyle focused network featuring top industry figures in food, weddings and fashion with acclaimed series by Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray and Joe Zee, inspiring viewers with their expertise and innovation.
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About AMC/Sundance Channel Global
AMC/Sundance Channel Global delivers compelling and globally renowned entertainment to audiences worldwide in multiple languages through locally tailored programming services, cutting edge media and subscription television platforms. The international arm of AMC Networks Inc., the division’s flagship channels include Sundance Channel and WE tv and are broadcast in both high and standard definition. Sundance Channel was founded by Robert Redford and showcases acclaimed independent films, from the newest festival award winners to the genre’s most beloved movies. Central to Sundance Channel’s appeal is its broadcast of original series from leading talent both in the US and abroad, including celebrated series Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Hell on Wheels. Recently launched in Asia, WE tv is a leading entertainment brand in the US and caters to audiences who can’t get enough of celebrity driven reality and other widely appealing lifestyle programming.
About AMC Networks Inc.
Dedicated to producing quality programming and movie content for more than 30 years, AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television. AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films produce and deliver distinctive, compelling and culturally relevant content that engages audiences across multiple platforms. The company also operates international programming businesses consisting of AMC/Sundance Channel Global and Chellomedia, as well as AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology, a full-service network programming origination and distribution company. For more information, please visit www.www.amcnetworks.com.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, Spain, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,800 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
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Artwork for “The Red Road” can be downloaded at the link below.