Chello deal drives AMC revenue

US-based broadcaster AMC has attributed a rise in its international revenues to its 2014 acquisition of rival channels group Chellomedia. The Walking Dead net AMC closed its €750 million agreement Chello in February 2014 and used this as a springboard to launch its flagship AMC channels in various territories by rebranding Chello’s MGM network, and to reorganise […]

Liberty looks to content investments to secure distribution business

Investment in OTT content, free-to-air broadcasting, production outfits and sports rights form four pillars of Liberty Global’s new content investment strategy, according to president and CEO Mike Fries, with all four seen as ways to reinforce the company’s core distribution business. Following Liberty’s sale of its Chellomedia linear channel business to AMC, the company, far […]

Liberty Global strategy exec moves to Repucom

Liberty Global corporate development and strategy executive, Spencer Nolan, has left the firm to become head of consulting, UK and Ireland, at sports marketing, research and consultancy company Repucom. Spencer Nolan first joined former Liberty subsidiary Chellomedia in 2004 and worked as corporate development and strategy director – across M&A, strategy and corporate development. When […]

AMC rebrands Chellomedia

AMC is rebranding Chellomedia to AMC Networks International, after completing its buyout of the global channels operator and content company in February.  AMC, which agreed last year to pay Liberty Global US$1 billion (€750 million) to buy Chellomedia, said that the new AMC Networks International division will also include AMC/Sundance Channel Global, which operates in […]

Tuchman takes control of global MGM channels

AMC/Sundance Channel Global president Bruce Tuchman has added the role of president, MGM Channel Global to his duties. AMC Networks has handed Tuchman the role following its acquisition of Chellomedia, which had acquired the international MGM channels business in August 2012. The MGM Channel is distributed in more than 130 territories. Tuchman has a long […]

Liberty Global rules out Spanish push

Liberty Global has denied that it is looking to make a move into the Spanish market, despite recent reports that the European cable giant and Vodafone had both explored multi-billion Euro bids for ONO. Speaking on Liberty Global’s fourth quarter earnings call, CEO Mike Fries said that while the firm does not comment on mergers […]

Liberty Global’s next-generation video subscriber numbers reach 2.5 million

Liberty Global reported a next-generation video user base of 2.5 million, after a “watershed year” that saw it buy Virgin Media, agree to acquire Ziggo and sell its Chellomedia content arm. Announcing its fourth quarter and full year results, Liberty said that as of December 31 its “next-generation video” customers consisted of 2 million Virgin […]

New documentary channel launches in Africa

Natura, a documentary and nature channel owned by Chello Multicanal, has launched on South Africa’s StarSat, the DTH platform formerly known as TopTV, and will launch across sub-Saharan African in the near future. Natura, which is distributed by 3Vision Distribution in the region, covers ecological issues and the environment, with each programme focusing on a […]

AMC Networks completes US$1bn Chellomedia purchase

AMC Networks has closed its US$1 billion (€750 million) acquisition of global channels operator and content company Chellomedia from Liberty Global. The deal is for “substantially all” of Liberty’s interests in Chello, excluding Dutch premium cable channels Film1 and Sport1. Chello Central Europe, Chello Latin America, Chello Multicanal, Chello Zone, ad sales unit Atmedia and […]

AMC buys Liberty’s Chellomedia for €750 million

AMC Networks has reached an agreement to buy Liberty Global-owned channel operator Chellomedia for €750 million. The deal hands US-based AMC an extensive array of channels that are distributed to nearly 400 million homes in 138 territories. Chellomedia is the international content arm of John Malone’s Liberty Global, while AMC has emerged a leading cable […]

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