Sundance Channel, WE tv expand in Taiwan

AMC/Sundance Channel Global is expanding Sundance Channel and WE tv's carriage in Taiwan via CNS, and has also recruited ex-Celestial Tiger exec Keith Mak (pictured) to oversee distribution and marketing for both networks in Asia.
October 16, 2012

Sundance Channel and WE tv are expanding  their carriage in Taiwan to become 24/7, high-definition linear channels with Mandarin subtitles.

Cable operator CNS launched the AMC/Sundance Channel Global-owned networks on October as part of its IPTV service. The company has also recruited Keith Mak (pictured above), formerly a distribution executive with Hong Kong’s Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), to oversee affiliate distribution and marketing for both channels in Asia.

Based out of Hong Kong, he will report to Ed Palluth, AMC/Sundance Channel Global’s exec VP of global distribution.

“Keith has a tremendous amount of experience and a proven track record of expanding and developing television brands in Asia. He comes to us equipped with robust knowledge of the Asian TV market and has strong relationships throughout the region,” Palluth said in a statement. “Keith joins AMC/Sundance Channel Global at a critical moment when we are expanding rapidly and are experiencing great momentum.”

While at Celestial Tiger, Mak handled sales and distribution of the company’s Asia Pacific channel portfolio, identified new business opportunities, and structured and executed distribution deals. Before that he was a manager of distribution and development for BBC Worldwide’s East Asian arm.

Earlier this month, AMC/Sundance Global struck deals to launch the Sundance Channel on UPC Romania and on Euskaltel in Spain.

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