AMC and Anchor Bay Entertainment have inked an original programming deal for distribution, the companies announced in a joint release on Tuesday, March 5.
Under the agreement, Anchor Bay will handle home entertainment distribution for future scripted series from the AMC Networks family of channels, which include AMC, IFC, and Sundance Channel.
Anchor Bay President Bill Clark called AMC “an exceptional partner” and revealed that “The Walking Dead has quickly become our bestselling TV-on-DVD title to date.”
Ed Carroll, chief operating officer for AMC Networks, reciprocated that “Anchor Bay has been a terrific partner on The Walking Dead,” adding that the company looked forward “to continuing to work with them to extend the life of the series from AMC Networks’ into the DVD and transactional digital marketplace.”
Building on The Walking Dead relationship, AMC and Anchor Bay already have two new projects on the horizon: AMC’s Low Winter Sun and Sundance Channel’s Rectify.
Chris Mundy of Criminal Minds and Cold Case will serve as writer, executive producer, and showrunner for Low Winter Sun, ten hourlong episodes telling the story of a Detroit detective, who murders a fellow cop and “activates forces that forever alter the detective’s life,” pulling him further into the Detroit underworld, Tuesday’s release noted.
Perhaps the more anticipated project, however, is Rectify for Sundance Channel, debuting April 22, 2013.
This effort re-teams executive producers Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson of Breaking Bad fame for a drama about Daniel Holden (Aiden Young), a man who is released from death row after 20 years for the rape and murder of a young girl, Deadline noted.
The six, one-hour episodes will center on Daniel as an outsider in his hometown of Paulie, Georgia, and it will show the ripple effect that Daniel’s release has for everyone, who was involved with his case.
Along with a recent Breaking Bad syndication deal, AMC Networks appears to be banking on Sundance Channel to follow in AMC’s footsteps as a showcase for critically-acclaimed original programming.
Are you excited about the AMC and Anchor Bay deal? Which premiere are you more looking forward to: Low Winter Sun or Rectify?
[Image via Sundance Channel]