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Sundance Channel plans Venice special

AMC/Sundance Channel Global is lining up exclusive coverage of the 68th Venice Film Festival, to air on Sundance Channel internationally for the first time.
August 18, 2011

AMC/Sundance Channel Global is lining up exclusive coverage of the 68th Venice Film Festival, to air on Sundance Channel internationally for the first time.

Debuting September 3, Sundance Channel presents The Venice Film Festival marks the network’s first original production devoted to the annual gathering, and is a coproduction with UK indie 3DD productions.

The series will consist of two main blocks, with the first featuring one-on-one interviews with actors and filmmakers on the red carpet in Venice, and the second consisting of produced specials devoted to some of Italy’s biggest film industry talent, including Sophia Loren, Franco Zeffirelli and Roberto Benigni.

Overall the series will feature five 30-minute and two 60-minute specials, along with numerous interstitials shown throughout the month of September.

“Our exclusive coverage will give Sundance Channel viewers the chance to experience the best that the festival offers for the first time, including interviews with some of today’s brightest filmmakers and actors,” said Harold Gronenthal, AMC/Sundance Channel Global senior VP and general manager.

“We’re committed to showcasing the most important festivals across the globe and supporting the growth of independent film,” he added.

Among the anticipated features playing at Venice this year is opener The Ides of March, starring George Clooney; Carnage, adapted from Yasmina Reza’s acclaimed play The God of Carnage and starring Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster; and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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