AMC Networks

By Val Champeau

 

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-courtesy of AMCtv.com

AMC Network Entertainment LLC. 

11 Penn Plaza, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10001
646-273-7105

http://www.amcnetworks.com/

History

AMC Networks was originally known as, Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC.   Rainbow,  formed in 1980, started as a small network originally only including Bravo and SportsChannel New York.  The Cablevision owned media conglomerate would, less than a decade later, go on to merge with NBC in 1988.  This merger gave NBC 50% ownership of Rainbow Media in the original deal.  After decades of trades, gains, and mergers, Cablevision considered taking Rainbow Media public, but did not actually go through with the deal until 2011. [1]

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On March 10th, 2011, Cablevision took Rainbow Media broke it off into a publicly traded company, AMC Networks today. Congruently, with AMC going public, Cablevision kept their cable business still as a private entity. [2]

Since going public, AMC has hit the ground running.  Most recently, 2013, AMC Networks acquired the international content division of Liberty Global, Chellomedia, for a reported 750 million Euros, or $1.04 billion.  This deal now gives AMC Networks access to approximately 138 countries. [3]

Financials

Most recently, in the 3rd quarter of 2013:

  • Net revenue increased by 19.1% to $395 million
  • Operating income increased 40.9% to $122 million
  • Adjusted Operating Cash Flow (AOCF) increased 25.4% to $137 million

“Our solid financial results in the third quarter were driven by a return on our investment in original programming…Our shows are performing well on IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. At AMC, our acclaimed series Breaking Bad came to a close with record viewership and the Emmy Award for Oustanding Drama Series, and The Walking Dead kicked off its fourth season with record ratings that extended its reign as the #1 show on television among adults 18-49. With our Chellomedia acquisition, we believe we will over time further capitalize on demand for our content by growing internationally, a key strategy to ensuring our long-term success.”

Josh Sapan, AMC Networks President and CEO [4]

Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 1.09.57 AM Looking at AMC Networks‘ one year stock evaluation it seems that the company, although currently in the red, has stayed relatively stable since going public. [5]

 

Key Executives 

Josh Sapan

President and CEO AMC Networks INC

Josh Span

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Josh Sapan has been the President and CEO of AMC Networks Inc since March 9, 2011.  He was brought over from his previous position as CEO of Rainbow Media Holdings (Now AMC Networks), where he was employed since, 1995. Sapan currently serves on the boards of The Cable Center, CTAM, The New School and many others. [6]

Ed Carrol

Chief Operating Officer AMC Networks Inc.

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Ed Carrol oversees all operations for each brand associated with AMC Networks – AMC, WE tv, IFC, and Sundance Channel.  He is also responsible for ad sales in the company’s international divisions (AMC/Sundance Channel Global).  He has been with the company for 24 years. [7]

Sean S. Sullivan

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer AMC Networks Inc.

sean sullivan

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Sean S. Sullivan is responsible for all of AMC Networks‘ financial needs.  This includes, accounting, tax, financial planning, treasury, and investor relations. Along with financials, Sullivan, oversees the information technology and creative service departments, Broadcasting & Technology, programming origination and distribution division.  He joined AMC Networks in September 2010 from HIT Entertainment. [8]

Recent News

Breaking Bad – “Felina”: The Final Episode Hype

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Breaking Bad is considered one of the most compelling,  addictive, and suspenseful dramas that has ever hit cable. Driven by plot and fueled by characters, AMC took viewers on a journey of a man’s total distraction, leaving in it’s wake one of the most highly anticipated final episodes ever for a series.  In short, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a high school chemistry teacher, diagnosed with cancer, finds himself at a crossroads in his life.  He has always played it safe for his family, and now with a baby on the way, White turns to a life of crime.  Partnering up with his former student, Jesse (Aaron Paul), to cook meth, White finds himself spiraling down a dark path which eventually becomes his own demise.  Everything he aims to save in the beginning of series, he slowly looses, until he has nothing left to loose. This is what has the audience on the edge of their seats for the final episode.  What many people admired about the episode,  unlike many other series such as, Lost and The Sopranos, is that it left no question unanswered and tied all 5 seasons up with a big bang at the end, which everyone knew was coming – Walt’s death.  “Felina” had the highest ratings of any episode in the series, 10.28 million viewers. Along with viewership, the final Breaking Bad episode created an explosion over the twitter-shpear.  Walter White’s final hours on screen generated 1.2 million tweets, making it the most talked about television show for the week (out-ranking “The Voice” and “Grey’s Anatomy“). Breaking Bad had 12 Emmy Nominations in the 2013 season.  [9] [10]

The Walking Dead

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– courtesy of collider.com

AMC defiantly has a way with drama.  The hit apocalyptic zombie series, The Walking Dead, has accumulated what many would describe as a “cult” following.  Much like other AMC shows, Breaking Bad and Mad Men, the viewers are drawn in by the concept, but, stay for the character development.  AMC has made a name for itself in seeing just how far people will go when faced with a challenge, and for The Walking Dead, that challenge is to stay alive. Over the course of the series we see the protagonists stripped of humanity and brought down to nothing but animal instinct.  How they act and, re-act, is what keeps viewers coming back week after week.  It is not a typical zombie movie where the audience knows that, in the end, the humans will triumph and all is well in a matter of 2 hours.  The Walking Dead has reinvented suspense, being known for killing off main characters at any moment.  How do we know? Because numbers don’t lie.  The most recent season of Walking Dead, season 4, had earth shattering numbers, which had the media buzzing with anticipation. The hour long zombie drama pulled in 16.1 million viewers and an 8.2 rating among adults 18-49. These statistics put the show up 30% in the demo from season 3’s finale (their pervious high). [11] [12]

 In The Works

AMC’s New Pilot: Preacher

PreacherOriginally considered by, HBOAMC has reportedly ordered the pilot to adapt the extremely dark DC comic , Preacher. HBO apparently passed up the deal due to the comic being too controversial.  Although, they didn’t state what was controversial about it, it could be assumed that it was the dark religious aspect of the storyline. Originally authored by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher has been described as many things, but to sum them up: the series is full on crazy. With the wrap up of Breaking Bad, AMC needs to fill the void that the dark drama has left for viewers. Although the pilot has only been ordered, there has already star power around the potential new show. Seth Rogen, a devoted Preacher comic fan, has sent out a number of hinting tweets that he could be involved with the project:

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He then followed up the tweet with another, naming some main characters in the series:

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Will the show get green lighted? No one can say for sure.  However, one thing can be said- this will defiantly be a defining moment for AMC and their content.  Judging from the comic books themselves, this show will be darker than anything seen on TV before, pushing AMC to the top of drama original programing. [13]

*Storyline of The Preacher Comic Book Series 

Sources

[1] History

[2] History: Cablevision exlporing spinoff of Rainbow Media 

[3] Purchase of Chellomedia

[4] Financials

[5] AMC Stock 

[6] Josh Sapan

[7] Ed Carroll

[8] Sean S. Sullivan

[9] Breaking Bad

[10] Breaking Bad

[11] The Walking Dead

[12] The Walking Dead

[13] Preacher

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