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AMC/Sundance Channel sets up in Asia

Company nabs 'Downton Abbey,' Rolling Stones docu 'Crossfire'

BEIJING

AMC/Sundance Channel Global has announced the establishment of Asian operations in Singapore and Hong Kong, and already begun staffing the operations.

Scheduling and on-air creative services will be based in Singapore, while affiliate operations will be spearheaded out of Hong Kong, the company said in a statement.

AMC/Sundance Channel Global is now hiring head of scheduling and affiliate marketing positions in the region. Keith Mak will oversee affiliate distribution and marketing for the company’s Asian operations.

The company has also announced TV premiere rights in Asia to the new Brett Morgan-helmed Rolling Stones docu “Crossfire Hurricane,” as well as costume drama “Downton Abbey,” “Monk,” “The Hour” and a number of indie pics.

“It is the natural next step for us to augment our localization by establishing both creative and distribution headquarters in Asia. With highly experienced personnel and world-class resources on the ground, we will move even closer to our audiences and partners, thereby further accelerating our growth,” Bruce Tuchman, AMC/Sundance Channel Global prexy said.

AMC is the international arm of AMC Networks. The division’s flagship channels include Sundance Channel and WEtv, which are broadcast in both high and standard definition. Sundance Channel was founded by Robert Redford, and aims to showcase independent movies.

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