AMC Networks Int’l firms up senior management
AMC Networks International (AMCNI) has set its senior management leadership team across several key regions in Europe and Latin America.
Kevin Dickie (pictured) has been named EVP and MD for AMCNI UK. In addition to the UK, Dickie will also oversee operations in Poland, the Middle East and Africa. He was previously SVP for the channels group in the UK, MEA and Poland for AMCNI UK, where he spearheaded content and brand strategy for the region’s portfolio of nine channels including AMC, SundanceTV and CBS Reality.
In Miami, Ricardo Debén has been lifted from chief financial and administrative officer to EVP and MD for AMCNI Latin America. In his previous role, he oversaw financial management of the company’s portfolio of brands, including AMC, SundanceTV, El Gourmet, Más Chic, Film & Arts and Europa Europa.
Elsewhere, AMCNI has also elevated Manuel Balsera and Levente Málnay to EVP and MDs for Southern Europe, and Central and Northern Europe, respectively.
Based in Madrid, Balsera was most recently SVP of sales, marketing and digital for the region.
Málnay, who is based in Budapest, most recently served as SVP of AMCNI Central and Northern Europe. In this role, he was tasked with overseeing the company’s regional portfolio of 16 brands.
“These outstanding leaders have played vital roles in the success of AMC Networks International’s strong portfolio of channels,” said Zulueta in a statement. “Their skills and experience will help AMCNI build on its strong position in the marketplace, with our premium quality content offering and the value we bring to our distribution and advertising partners.”
Cesar Millan teams with Mucho Mas, DMD on pet-centric venture
Author and TV’s dog-whisperer Cesar Millan is teaming with Latino-focused content creator Mucho Mas and video-on-demand platform Digital Media Distribution (DMD) for a pet-focused SVOD and linear network for the Latin America market.
The venture will be titled Cesar’s Pet Planet and consists of original programming and a portfolio of acquired content spanning feature entertainment formats, films, instructional and training, and pet health shows.
Millan, the host of Cesar 911, will be the voice and face of the network, which is “strongly rooted in Cesar’s mission to find promise, balance, and harmony between pet owners and their beloved animal friends,” according to a release.
Cesar’s Pet Planet will initially be distributed in Latin America through DMD’s service. The network is set to be available on both SVOD and linear platforms in 2019.
Campfire, Kew Media Distribution partner on doc
Kew Media Distribution and L.A.-based prodco Campfire have teamed up to work on a doc about people who believe they are living in a digital simulation.
Influenced by the work of author Phillip K. Dick, Glitch in the Matrix (working title) will explore the lives of these individuals who have been significantly impacted by this idea. Campfire’s credits include Netflix originals such as Rebirth, 1922 and The Package.
Through Kew Media Group’s acquisition of London, U.K. and L.A.-based film and TV distribution company Content Media Corporation last year, Campfire is one of five companies controlled by CMC that now falls under Kew’s umbrella. Prior to this feature-length project, Kew and Campfire previously worked on The Nightmare, a documentary about people who experience sleep paralysis.
Exec producers on Glitch in the Matrix include Campfire founder and CEO Ross Dinerstein, the prodco’s VP of production Ross Girard and Rebecca Evans, its director of non-fiction content. Tim Kirk also serves as a co-exec producer on the feature-length film. Tyler Glodt will co-produce the doc alongside Campfire’s manager, production and operations, Colin Frederick.
Kew Media Distribution is handling the worldwide sales for the project.
(From Lauren Malyk, Playback Daily)