AMC Networks Chief Josh Sapan Talks International Growth, ‘Killing Eve’ and ‘Precious’ Content

Variety | 10/16/2018 | Cynthia Littleton
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CANNES — AMC Networks has tripled in size during the past few years since it began expanding overseas with international channels and a revved-up studio operation. But the company has worked hard to maintain its focus on quality over quantity, AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan told the Mipcom audience on Tuesday.

“We’ve always believed that content is precious and storytelling can’t be compromised,” Sapan said during his keynote address at the international TV sales conference.

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The conversation among Sapan, “Fear the Walking Dead” star Colman Domingo and moderator Anna Carugati touched on the massive shifts in the global media marketplace, as the advent of streaming up-ends the old order and the FAANG behemoths barrel into the video business.

Despite the pressures, Sapan said the expansion of the marketplace through streaming has only enhanced AMC Networks’ ability to deliver high-end content, even with its boutique status. He pointed to the strong traction in the U.S. and worldwide this year for BBC America’s sleeper drama series hit “Killing Eve.”

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“Technology invites different ways of telling stories,” Sapan said. “If we can marry that with the best storytellers and curate them against a backdrop of many options (from competitors), the world will pay attention. We just saw that with ‘Killing Eve.’ ”

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Sapan also gave a big plug to “Lodge 49,” the quirky new AMC drama that has been bubbling up with critics. Sapan introduced a lengthy clip of the show, calling it in the vein of “The Big Lebowski.” AMC just renewed the series for a sophomore year.

Sapan credited the expansion of the content marketplace for making it possible for AMC to produce an offbeat show like “Lodge 49” through its AMC Studios arm and make it profitable through international sales. AMC now has...
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