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AMC/Sundance Channel Global ups Gronenthal

AMC/Sundance Channel Global has made a string of promotions, including upping Harold Gronenthal to exec VP of programming and operations, and has unveiled a number of acquisitions.
April 5, 2013

AMC/Sundance Channel Global has made a string of promotions, including upping Harold Gronenthal to exec VP of programming and operations, and has unveiled a number of acquisitions.

In addition to promoting Gronenthal, Jennie Morris has been promoted to VP of affiliate marketing, and Mark Fareri has been elevated to director of operations for AMC/Sundance Channel Global.

The promotions follow the recent announcement of plans to bolster staff in Asia across numerous areas of the business.

“Harold has been integral to the growth of our global business, and his promotion reflects his many valuable contributions,” said Bruce Tuchman, president of AMC/Sundance Channel Global.

“These promotions and expanded programming initiatives reflect the strong growth of AMC/Sundance Channel Global and the increased demand for our linear and VoD services.”

In addition to the promotions, the company said that docu-series Push Girls (14 x 30-minutes) has been acquired exclusively for WE tv Asia through an agreement with Passion Distribution.

The series, which recently premiered on Sundance Channel in the U.S., traces the lives of four women living in Hollywood who, by accident or illness, are living with paralysis.

Elsewhere, docu-soap Cyndi (12 x 30-minutes), which showcases the life of Grammy winning music icon Cyndi Lauper, has also been acquired for WE tv Asia through a deal with WE tv U.S. Both series will premiere later this year.

The company has also acquired a varied selection of cooking-themed non-fiction series for WE tv Asia to premiere this summer, including new seasons of Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day (13 x 60-minutes), Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (15 x 30-minutes) and Brunch at Bobby’s (10 x 30-minutes), all through agreements with Passion Distribution.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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