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American Movie Classics

AMC Networks Inc. is an American entertainment company specializing in the production and distribution of television content. It is known for operating several cable channels, including its flagship channel AMC, and several other channels. The company also manages a portfolio of streaming services. AMC Networks' business strategy involves creating and delivering high-quality, original content across multiple platforms, catering to a diverse audience with a mix of genres, including drama, comedy, and reality programming. The company is headquartered in NYC, and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq.

Rainbow Media Holdings

AMC Networks was founded as Rainbow Media Holdings, a subsidiary of Cablevision. Initially, the focus was on niche cable channels, with AMC (American Movie Classics) debuting in 1984, showcasing classic movies. Over time, the company expanded its portfolio, introducing a line of cable TV channels, each targeting specific audience segments.

In 2011, Rainbow Media was spun off from Cablevision and rebranded as AMC Networks. This period signified a major shift in strategy, with AMC pivoting from classic movies to original programming. This shift propelled AMC Networks into a notable content creator, significantly impacting the television landscape with its critically acclaimed series. It’s also worth mentioning that the company has nothing to do with AMC Entertainment, and the similarities in names are purely a coincidence.

Original Content

AMC Networks, as previously mentioned, helps create and distribute original content. The company is renowned for its high-quality, critically acclaimed television series. Through its flagship channel, AMC, it has aired popular shows such as "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead," and "Mad Men," which have garnered substantial viewership and critical praise. channels like IFC and SundanceTV also contribute to its production portfolio with a range of programming including indie films, documentaries, and comedy series. The company's production arm not only serves its own channels but also distributes content internationally.


AMC Networks offers a variety of niche streaming platforms catering to specific audience interests. Acorn TV specializes in British and international television, providing a range of dramas, mysteries, and comedies. Shudder, another notable service, focuses on horror, thriller, and supernatural genres, offering an extensive library of films and original series. These platforms operate on a subscription-based model, and in a similar fashion to Netflix and Disney+.