Sundance Channel (United States)
|Owned by||Showtime Networks (1996–2008)
AMC Networks (2008–present)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Slogan||Passion That Guides You.|
|Headquarters||Bethpage, New York|
|DirecTV (US)||Channel 557
Channel 1557 VOD
|Dish Network (United States)||Channel 358 (SD/HD)|
|DishHD (Taiwan)||Channel 330 (HD)|
|Astro (Malaysia)||Channel 438 (HD)|
|OTE TV||Channel 204 (HD)|
|Cyfrowy Polsat (Poland)||Channel 53 (SD)
Channel 143 (HD)
|nc+ (Poland)||Channel 57 (HD)|
|Available on most cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
|Telenet Digital TV (Flanders)||Channel 63|
|UPC (Poland)||Channel 493
Channel 494 (HD)
|SkyCable (Philippines)||Channel 183|
|Mio TV (Singapore)||Channel 401 (HD)
Channel 402 (VOD)
|Imagenio (Spain)||Channel 43|
Sundance Channel (sometimes simply known as Sundance) is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by AMC Networks. The channel is devoted to airing independent feature films, world cinema, documentaries, short films, and original programs, such as news about the latest developments from each year's Sundance Film Festival. However, in recent years, it has incorporated scripted and reality series onto its schedule.
- 1 History
- 2 Current programming
- 3 Upcoming programming
- 4 Former programming
- 5 International
- 6 References
- 7 External links
After negotiations during 1994 broke down to turn Robert Redford into a partner in AMC Networks predecessor Rainbow Media's Independent Film Channel,1 Redford launched Sundance Channel in February 1996 as a joint venture between Showtime Networks (then a division of Viacom, now owned by CBS Corporation), Universal Studios, and Redford (who also served as the creative director of the network).
The channel was initially launched on five cable systems in New York City; Los Angeles; Alexandria, Virginia; Chamblee, Georgia; and Pensacola, Florida.2 It originally operated mainly as a premium channel, commonly packaged with Showtime and its sister networks The Movie Channel and Flix. The channel got its name from Redford's character in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and while it is an extension of Redford's non-profit Sundance Institute, the channel operates independently of both the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival.
Strictly a movie channel in its early years, Sundance Channel expanded into original programming by the early 2000s. After limited attempts at original programming – City Of Men, House of Boateng, Iconoclasts, The Al Franken Show, The First Amendment Project. The Hill, and TransGeneration – Sundance Channel expanded its programming in 2007 by ordering One Punk Under God, Sin City Law, and a prime-time environmental block called "The Green." While the first two programs lasted only one season, the environmental block lasted until 2009.
On May 7, 2008, the Rainbow Media subsidiary of Cablevision (owners of AMC, IFC, WE tv, and News 12 Networks, and the defunct Voom HD Networks) announced that it had purchased Sundance Channel for $496 million.3 The acquisition of Sundance Channel by Rainbow Media was completed in June 2008.4 On July 1, 2011, Rainbow Media was spun off from Cablevision into a separate company, which was renamed AMC Networks.5
Sundance saw a rapid expansion of its documentary and unscripted series slate during this period; however, very few of the shows lasted beyond their first season with the rest being cancelled after their second. 2010 did see the channel's first miniseries Carlos, which could be credited as the start of the future shift in programming for the channel.
2012 saw the premieres of two new unscripted series in the form of Get To Work and Push Girls before the channel's second miniseries, Restless,6 premiered in December. Restless went on to receive two Emmy Award nominations. It was also announced that Sundance had picked up its first solely owned original series, and former developmental project from sister channel AMC, Rectify and its third miniseries Top of the Lake.
On March 4, 2013, Sundance began airing AMC's Breaking Bad, which the channel has exclusive syndication rights to, on Monday nights.7 The seven-part miniseries Top of the Lake premiered on March 18, 2013, while gaining critical acclaim before eventually receiving eight Emmy nominations. Rectify then premiered on April 22, 2013 and was the third straight original scripted program from Sundance to receive critical praise. Continuing its push as a destination spot for series on Monday nights, the second season of Push Girls followed before leading way to the new talk show The Writers' Room, where each episode features a behind-the-scenes look at the writing staff of a popular television series.
October 7, 2013 will see the premiere of the new unscripted project Dream School;8 later followed by the 2014 premieres of the channel's fourth miniseries The Honourable Woman, second solely owned original scripted series The Red Road, and the second season of Rectify.
- Rectify (2013–present)
- Mammas (2013–present)
- The Honourable Woman (2014)
- The Red Road (2014)
- Big Ideas for a Small Planet (2007–2009)
- Carbon Cops (2009)
- E2 Design (2009)
- Eco Biz (2007–2009)
- Ecoists (2007–2008)
- Eco Trip
- Eco-Trip: The Real Cost of Living (2009)
- Is Your House Killing You? (2009)
- It's Not Easy Being Green (2008)
- The Green: Eco Documentaries (2008)
- The Lazy Environmentalist (2009–2010)
- The Next Garde
- Outrageous Wasters (2008)
- City of Men (2002–2007)
- The First Amendment Project (2004)
- The Al Franken Show (2004–2005)
- Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... (2008–2010)
- All On The Line With Joe Zee (2011–2012)
- Architecture School (2008)
- Be Good Johnny Weir (Season 1 only)
- Get To Work (2012)
- Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (2010–2012)
- House of Boateng (2006)
- Iconoclasts (2005–2012)
- One Punk Under God (2007)
- Quirky (2011)
- Sin City Law (2007)
- The Day Before (2009–2010)
- The Hill (2006)
- The Mortified Sessions (2011–2012)
- TransGeneration (2005-2006)
- Unleashed By Garo (2011)
- Green Porno
- Seduce Me
Over time, Sundance Channel has expanded its international distribution and begun to be carried on Astro B.yond (Malaysia); SFR, Numericable and Free (France); Telenet (Belgium); Caiway (Netherlands); UPC Polska (Poland); Digiturk (Turkey); Skylife and KT (South Korea); and SingTel’s mio TV (Singapore).9
- Canada - On March 1, 2010, a Canadian version of Sundance Channel was launched by Toronto-based media company Corus Entertainment. AMC Networks does not own any stake in the Canadian service, but maintains a brand licensing agreement with Corus Entertainment to allow the use of the Sundance Channel brand as well as access to programming from the U.S. service.10
- France - Sundance Channel launched in France in 2009 on Numericable.11
- Greece - Sundance Channel launched in Greece in July 18, 2011 as a linear channel on OTE TV and broadcasts in HD via satellite as Sundance Channel HD.
- Netherlands - Sundance Channel launched in the Netherlands in March 2012, replacing the movie channel Film1 Festival.
- Brown, Rich (January 23, 1995). "Redford, Showtime form movie channel". Broadcasting & Cable (HighBeam Research). Retrieved February 28, 2011.(subscription required)
- "Sundance readying for February debut". Broadcasting & Cable (HighBeam Research). December 4, 1995. Retrieved February 28, 2011.(subscription required)
- Stelter, Brian (May 7, 2008). "Cablevision Unit Buys Sundance Channel". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
- Stelter, Brian (June 18, 2008). "Cablevision Buys Sundance". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
- AMC Networks Goes Public With Hot Shows, And Analysts Looking For A Sale Deadline New York July 1, 2011.
- "‘Restless,’ With Charlotte Rampling, on the Sundance Channel". December 6, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- Goldberg, Lesley. "'Breaking Bad' Lands on Sundance Channel in Syndication Deal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "Sundance Channel Goes Back to School on October 7 with the Premiere of "Dream School"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- Briel, Robert (7 October 2010). "Sundance expands international distribution". Broadband TV News. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
- "Sundance Channel Rises in Canada" (Press release). Corus Entertainment. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
- Briel, Robert (25 March 2009). "Sundance Channel debuts on Numericable". Broadband TV News. Retrieved 2012-10-08.