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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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