Knowledge Identifier: &AMC_Networks
Category: Business (999)
Founded in 1980.
Countries: United States (88%), (8%), United Kingdom (4%)
Linked to: Cablevision, Madison Square Garden, Inc., Deadline.com, Dish Network
The company was originally launched in 1980 and formerly known as "'Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC"', a subsidiary of Cablevision, but was spun off as a publicly traded company in July 2011
The company had founded Orlando, Florida station WRBW in 1994, which it eventually sold to Chris-Craft in 1998; it was affiliated with the since-defunct UPN, which Chris-Craft owned half of at the time
Sundance Channel (United States) - After negotiations during 1994 broke down to turn Robert Redford into a partner in &AMC (AMC_(TV_channel)) Networks predecessor &Rainbow_Media (AMC_Networks)'s Independent Film Channel, Redford launched Sundance Channel in February 1996 as a joint venture between Showtime Networks , Universal Studios, and Redford
IFC (U.S. TV channel) - The Canadian version of the Independent Film Channel launched on August 15, 2001 under the ownership of Salter Street Films, under a brand licensing agreement with &Rainbow_Media (AMC_Networks)
In 2005, Cablevision considered spinning off its content subsidiary Rainbow Media as a publicly traded company, and making their core cable business private, but withdrew the plan
In 2006, a new plan emerged to privatize all of Cablevision, including Rainbow Media
IFC (U.S. TV channel) - AMC Networks cited the removal as being related to a breach of contract lawsuit filed against Dish Network by the channel's former parent Rainbow Media's Voom HD Networks in 2008 for improperly terminating its carriage contract; Dish Network denied that the lawsuit had any relation to the decision to remove AMC and its sister channels and that it ended the carriage agreement on its own terms
Sundance Channel (United States) - The acquisition of Sundance Channel by &Rainbow_Media (AMC_Networks) was completed in June 2008
Bloody Disgusting - In 2011, Bloody Disgusting partnered with AMC Networks and The Collective to create a distribution company named Bloody Disgusting Selects, releasing genre films in AMC theaters and on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD platforms
AMC (TV channel) - In 2011, Rainbow Media was spun off from Cablevision as a separate company named after the network called AMC Networks, though Cablevision founder Charles Dolan and his family continue to retain a controlling interest in the company
Cablevision - On July 1, 2011, Cablevision spun off its subsidiary, formerly known as Rainbow Media LLC, into a new company named AMC Networks
On May 4, 2012, Dish Network announced that it would no longer carry the &AMC (AMC_(TV_channel)) Networks family of cable channels upon the expiration of the satellite provider's distribution agreement with the company at the end of June 2012, citing that AMC Networks charged an excessive amount in retransmission consent payments from the service for their carriage and low audience viewership for the channels
Ray Liotta - Since June 2015, Liotta narrates the AMC (AMC_Networks) docu-series "The Making of the Mob"
In 2016, &AMC (AMC_(TV_channel)) Networks finalized a partnership agreement with former BET founder Robert L. Johnsons RLJ Company
IFC (U.S. TV channel) - On November 15, 2016, AMC Networks acquired a minority stake in comedy video website and film and television production company Funny or Die, with plans to integrate it with IFC. On April 27, 2018, the company later acquired a majority stake in comedy venue operator Levity Live
Cablevision - Altice's contract to carry AMC Networks group of channel expires on December 31, 2016 and the two sides have yet to come to an agreement
Anna Chlumsky - On June 9, 2017 AMC Networks announced that Chlumsky would appear in the fourth season of "Halt and Catch Fire"
Joe Bob Briggs - In 2018, the horror-themed subscription video on demand service Shudder, owned and operated by &AMC (AMC_Networks), signed Joe Bob for a new series "The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs", which premiered as a 13-film marathon on July 13th, 2018