AMC Networks Looks To Buy Nearly 50% Of BBC America (1 Viewer)

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The cable networks company known for its hits The Walking Dead and Mad Men could use the deal to further establish itself as a leading distributor of premium content — strengthening its ability to sell ads and negotiate high fees from cable and satellite companies. Bankers and executives are working on a cash and stock deal, I’m told — but with no dollar figures yet. The arrangement would give AMC Networks just short of a majority stake in BBC America, unlike a previous representation arrangement with Discovery, which did not own equity. While BBC Worldwide would still control the channel and brand, AMC would be able to influence programming decisions and handle BBC America’s domestic ad sales and distribution. Talks have been taking place for several months, but a deal isn’t complete. Bloomberg was first to report the negotiations. AMC and BBC know each other well. They’re co-producers of The Honorable Woman, which premieres tomorrow on SundanceTV. Last year they partnered on Sundance’s Top Of the Lake, and they have an upcoming production, One Child.

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Maybe they could build a 2 channel cable network. AMC and BBC America are just about the only channels I watch out of 100+ junk ones. Both have great original content too.
 
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