London, 23 May 2016. Horror Channel and FrightFest have agreed a three-year partnership deal, which sees the CBS Studios International / AMC Networks International – UK owned channel become headline sponsor for the UK’s biggest and most popular genre film festival.
Chris Sharp, Chief Programming Officer, AMC Networks International – UK, said today: “Horror is coming home. We were FrightFest’s banner sponsor in 2005 and 2006 and have maintained a very close partnership with the organisers and fans ever since. We’re thrilled to further cement that ‘bloody bond’ and look forward to celebrating the festival with a frighteningly good season of FrightFest favourites on the channel in August.”
FrightFest co-director Alan Jones said added: “FrightFest is thrilled to welcome Horror Channel on board as their new headline sponsor. Horror Channel has been a vital part of the FrightFest machinery for many years, so our on-going relationship is already built on solid foundations. Together we recognised the further potential in each other to celebrate the horror fantasy genre on an even wider canvas than before, something followers of both of our brands can appreciate”.
As recently announced, Horror Channel FrightFest will relocate to the Vue Shepherd’s Bush for its annual 5-day August Bank Holiday event, taking over all twelve screens between August 25 – 29, 2016. Under a 2 year deal with Vue Entertainment, it has the option to return to the Vue Leicester Square in 2017.
Dubbed “the Woodstock of Gore” by director Guillermo Del Toro, FrightFest was created in 2000 by film producer Paul McEvoy, journalist and broadcaster Alan Jones and film distributor/booker Ian Rattray. Greg Day, the festival’s long standing PR, became a joint director in 2007.
From its cult roots at the Prince Charles Cinema it has grown to become one of the genre’s most vibrant, credible and recognisable brands, helping to launch the careers of directors such as Simon Rumley, Christopher Smith, Eli Roth, Neil Marshall and Simon Hunter. Apart from the annual 5-day event in London,
FrightFest has an ever-growing strand at the Glasgow Film Festival, hosts a nationwide Halloween horrorthon and showcases special screenings throughout the year. It recently teamed up with Icon Films Distribution to release FrightFest curated films under the banner ‘FrightFest Presents’.
About Horror Channel
Horror Channel is the UK’s original channel dedicated to the dark side of cinema and television. With an eclectic mix of ground-breaking and genre-defining content including niche, cult and box office smash movies along with fantasy, sci-fi and supernatural series. You’ll be entertained and terrified.
Available in over 26 million UK households, Horror Channel and timeshift channel Horror Channel +1 reach an average of 3.3 million adults every month. Popular shows include TV series Tales from the Darkside, War of The Worlds, The Incredible Hulk and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys; a movie portfolio spanning all horror genres featuring some of the most controversial films made in the history of horror.
Launched in November 2009, Horror Channel is part of the fastest growing portfolio of entertainment channels in the UK, a partnership between CBS Studios International and leading international broadcaster AMCN International – UK.
AMC Networks International – UK is a business unit of AMC Networks International, a leading producer and distributor of television channels distributed to more than 390 million households in 140 countries. It covers a range of genres, including movie, lifestyle, entertainment, sports, children’s and factual. AMC Networks International is an international programming division of AMC Networks.
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