MGM Networks

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MGM Networks, Inc.
Industry Television
Fate rebranded to AMC
Successor AMC
Defunct 2014
Owner AMC Networks International
Parent AMC Networks
Website web.archive.org/web/20141009121746/http://www.mgmla.com/

MGM Networks was a subsidiary of AMC Networks International. They held AMC Networks International's interests in the MGM branded cable television, satellite television, other television channels and services that reached nearly 120 countries and territories.

These included the film-driven MGM Channel, the Casa Club home and lifestyle channel which targets viewers in Latin America and several Pay TV movie networks run in conjunction with other motion picture studios, in Latin America, and Japan.

History[edit]

In 1998, Liberty Media and MGM formed a 50/50 ownership in MGM Latin America.[1]

On April 21, 2008, after negotiations between Paramount Pictures, MGM and Lions Gate Entertainment with Showtime on new film output deals broke down, the trio of production companies formed a joint venture, Studio 3 Partners, to start a new premium movie channel, Epix.[2] MGM and Weigel Broadcasting announced the formation of This TV on July 28, 2008, with a planned launch that autumn.[3][4][5] The network had a formal on-air launch date of November 1, 2008,[6] The Epix television service officially launched on October 30, 2009[7][8]

In 2011, MGM was attached to a new multicast Africa-American focused network called, KIN TV, in conjunction with Lee Gaither, a former TV One founding executive, and his Basil Street Media, a production and consulting company. MGM role wasn't defined, as TV News Check indicated just of MGM of "shopping" and distributing the network[9] while Radio & Television Business Report indicated KIN TV as a joint venture between the two companies.[10] KIN was original planned to be launched in Summer 2011.[9] Some of Fox MyNetworkTV O&O TV Stations, including WWOR and KCOP, were slated as of December 6, 2011 by Fox to air KIN TV when launched.[11] By December 2012, KIN TV missed multiple launched dates and Gaither left KIN TV to be named the Africa Channel executive vice president and general manager thus calling the network into question.[12]

In May 2012, MGM sold its minority non-voting shares of LAPTV to Fox International Channels while signing a long term contract for content with LAPTV.[13] On July 31, 2012, MGM sold MGM Networks to Chellomedia, while retaining their television channels in the United States, Canada (North America), the United Kingdom and Germany as well as their joint venture territories in Brazil and Australia, to raise fund to buy out Carl Icahn and prepare for an IPO. Since then, Chellomedia had licensed the MGM brand and content to continue on the purchased MGM channels.[1][14]

On May 21, 2013, it was announced that Chellomedia's parent company, Liberty Global, had put up Chellomedia for sale. On October 28, 2013, Liberty Global agreed to sell Chellomedia to independent United States-based broadcaster AMC Networks for $1.035 billion except for their Benelux unit. The sale was completed on February 2, 2014, thus marking AMC Networks' first entry into broadcasting outside the United States. Unexpectedly, MGM Networks was included in the sale.

On July 8, 2014, AMC Networks renamed Chellomedia AMC Networks International, as part of their entry into international broadcasting. As a result, in November 2014, AMC Networks International started to relaunch their European and Latin American MGM channels under the name AMC, which also serves as the name for AMC Networks' flagship channel, which launched on October 1, 1984. Also, at the end of 2014, they also renamed their Asian MGM channel AMC, and on either June 30, 2015 or July 1, 2015, renamed Casa Club TV (which they had acquired from MGM earlier) Más Chic.

Units[edit]

  • channels in:
    • Spain
    • Turkey
    • Israel
    • Benelux
    • Poland
    • India
    • South East Asia
  • EMEA Channel
  • Central Europe
  • MGM EIN'S - Joint venture between MGM Networks and EIN'S M&M (formerly TAEWON Entertainment). formerly MGM Spectrum and MGM TAEWON.
    • MGM Korea
    • M2
  • MGM Latin America

Former units[edit]

Former Subsidiaries
retained by MGM[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d The Deadline Team (August 1, 2012) UPDATE: MGM Networks Sale To Chellomedia To Fund BuyBack of Icahn Shares: LAT. Deadline.com.
  2. ^ a b Arango, Tim (April 22, 2008). "Paramount set to end movie sales to Showtime". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ MGM Launches This TV Channel, Strong On Kids' Shows, Movies from MediaPost Publications, July 29, 2008
  4. ^ "MGM, Weigel Launching This TV Diginet", from TVNewsDay, July 28, 2008
  5. ^ MGM Takes Digital Leap, Variety.com, July 28, 2008
  6. ^ a b Weigel, MGM Hope "This" Thing's a Hit, Broadcasting & Cable October 27, 2008
  7. ^ EPIX Unveils Powerhouse Launch Weekend Lineup Reuters October 12, 2009
  8. ^ Epix Picks a Launch Date NewTeeVee.com October 13, 2009
  9. ^ a b McAvoy, Kim (September 29, 2011). "MGM Gives Bounce TV A New Rival". TV News Check. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ Marcucci, Carl (September 30, 2011). "KIN TV launching as a new African-American multicast channel". Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ Malone, Michael (December 6, 2011). "Exclusive: Fox Owned Stations Grab African-American Digi-Net KIN TV". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ Malone, Michael (December 3, 2012). "New Digi-Net Adds 'Punch' to African-American Niche". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "FOX International Channels to Acquire Additional Stake in LAPTV from MGM". FOX International Channels website. 2012-05-22. 
  14. ^ Fritz, Ben. (August 01, 2012) MGM sells overseas channels amid Icahn buyback, IPO preparation. LA Times.

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