Anchor Bay Entertainment
After a tremendously successful partnership distributing AMC's wildly popular series, "The Walking Dead", Anchor Bay Entertainment announced today a new deal with AMC's parent company, AMC Networks, for home entertainment distribution across the company's networks including AMC, IFC and Sundance Channel. The home entertainment distribution output agreement includes future scripted series to be produced in-house by AMC, IFC and Sundance Channel. This includes the highly-anticipated Sundance Channel scripted series, "Rectify," and AMC's recently greenlit original drama series, "Low Winter Sun." The deal covers all US and Canadian distribution on DVD, Blu-ray and certain transactional digital distribution rights.
"AMC's 'The Walking Dead' has quickly become our best-selling TV-on-DVD title to-date," commented Bill Clark, President of Anchor Bay Entertainment. "AMC has been an exceptional partner over the last few years and we look forward to expanding our relationship to distribute future scripted drama series from AMC, IFC and Sundance Channel."
"Anchor Bay has been a terrific partner on 'The Walking Dead' and we look forward to continuing to work with them to extend the life of the series from AMC Networks' into the DVD and transactional digital marketplace," said Ed Carroll, Chief Operating Officer for AMC Networks.
AMC's "Low Winter Sun" and Sundance Channel's "Rectify" will be the first two releases under the new deal. "Low Winter Sun" is a co-production between Endemol Studios and AMC Studios. Chris Mundy("Criminal Minds," "Cold Case")serves as writer, executive producer and showrunner on the project, which stars Mark Strong ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy" "Zero Dark Thirty") and co-stars Lennie James ("The Walking Dead," "Jericho," "Snatch"). Season one consists of ten, one-hour episodes. The highly-anticipated original Sundance Channel series "Rectify" debuts Monday, April 22, 2013. The six-episode hour-long series was created and written by Academy Award winner Ray McKinnon (The Accountant, That Evening Sun, The Blind Side) and executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, the team behind the critically-acclaimed AMC series, "Breaking Bad."
"Low Winter Sun"
A contemporary story of murder, deception, Revenge and corruption in a world where the line between Cops and criminals is blurred, "Low Winter Sun" begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that forever alter the detective's life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. The series is based on the 2006 award-winning British two-part mini-series of the same name written by Simon Donaldand produced by Tiger Aspect Productions (an Endemol Company).