Nets snag kudofest for next four years

HOLLYWOOD — Rainbow Media cablers IFC and AMC have secured exclusive broadcast rights to IFP/LA’s Independent Spirit Awards through 2009.

New agreement extends IFC’s live broadcasts of the ceremony over the next four years and, in addition, gives sister net AMC rights to the tape-delayed broadcasts. AMC already airs awards shows for American Cinematheque and Premiere’s Women in Hollywood.

Rainbow Entertainment Services prexy Ed Carroll said the deal “dramatically expands the audience for a film event that continues to grow in prominence.”

Bravo was the exclusive home of the show since its debut telecast in 1990, later sharing the window with spinoff IFC beginning in 1997; IFC premiered a live, uncut version of the kudocast while Bravo ran an edited repeat later in the evening. At the time, both channels were owned by Rainbow parent Cablevision Systems.

Bravo retained rights to the tape-delayed broadcast after it was bought by NBC, but cabler’s contract expired last year.

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