AMC Networks, the owner and operator of a number of cable channels including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv and owner of hit shows such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, is to acquire substantially all of Chellomedia, the international content division of Liberty Global, for approximately $1 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014.
The acquisition provides AMC Networks with an extensive array of television channels that are distributed to more than 390 million households in 138 countries.
“Chellomedia has developed a remarkable portfolio of popular channels that reach hundreds of millions around the world. As AMC Networks has expanded internationally, we have had a great desire to do something we consider fundamentally strategic, which is to take our content and put it on channels we own. This acquisition allows us to secure a large, global platform on which to distribute our increasingly successful original programming through a collection of strong, well-established and well-managed assets worldwide,” said Josh Sapan, President and CEO of AMC Networks. “Together, we can grow these assets and make them even more popular and valuable around the world.”
The agreement includes the acquisition of Chellomedia’s operating businesses including: Chello Central Europe, Chello Latin America, Chello Multicanal, Chello Zone, the ad sales unit Atmedia and the broadcast solutions unit Chello DMC.
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