Season Two of ‘The Terror’ on Disc Aug. 18 From Lionsgate

Lionsgate will release The Terror: Infamy, the second season of the critically acclaimed AMC anthology series, on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 18.

Executive produced by Alexander Woo, Ridley Scott, Guymon Casady, Alexandra Milchan, David W. Zucker and Jordan Sheehan, and written by Max Borenstein, The Terror: Infamy deals with World War II-era Japanese-Americans on Southern California’s Terminal Island who are menaced by a “bakemono,” or folkloric specter.

Suffering forced evictions and imprisonment after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Terminal Islanders are hounded by prejudice and injustice, as well as bad omens and bizarre deaths. One of them, Chester Nakayama (Derek Mio), decides to take on the malevolent entity, journeying to realms of evil in both the present and the distant past.

The cast also includes Kiki Sukezane, Naoko Mori, Miki Ishikawa, and George Takei.

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Lionsgate Releasing Season 1 of AMC’s ‘The Terror’ on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 21

Lionsgate will release The Terror: The Complete First Season  on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 21 from Lionsgate.

The Ridley Scott-produced AMC series focuses on crew members of a naval ship who must fight for survival against a terrifying monster that stalks them.

The show stars Jared Harris (“Mad Men”), Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”) and Ciaran Hinds (“Game of Thrones”).

Disc extras include the featurettes “A Look at the Characters,” “A Look at the Series” and “Ridley Scott on ‘The Terror.’”

AMC Networks OTT Business Reduces Q1 Operating Loss

AMC Network May 10 reported a first-quarter (ended March 31) operating loss of $17 million in its over-the-top video and international business unit, which was down 12.5% from an operating loss of $19.2 million during the previous-year period.

Revenue increased 4.3% to $111.3 million from $106.7 million.

The “international and other” segment includes AMC Networks International, the company’s international programming business; IFC Films, the independent film distribution business; and proprietary subscription streaming services, Sundance Now and Shudder.

“Our streaming services, Sundance Now and Shudder, continue to gain traction with consumers,” CEO Josh Sapan said in a statement.

The pay-TV network synonymous for the “Walking Dead” franchise has attempted to diversify through BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” IFC’s “Brockmire,” and “Fear the Walking Dead” and most recently, “The Terror”.

“Our content continues to break through in a cluttered environment,” Sapan said.

Indeed, AMC’s “national networks” unit, which includes AMC, WE tv, BBC America, IFC and SundanceTV; and television production business, AMC Studios, saw revenue increase 2.9% to $633 million from $615 million last year. Operating income increased 0.1% to $250 million.

Revenue was driven by a 10.8% increase in distribution revenue to $407 million, which was primarily due to an increase in content licensing revenue as well as an increase in subscription revenue.

Advertising revenue decreased 8.8% to $226 million. The decrease was related to lower delivery as well as the timing of the airing of original programming, partially offset by higher pricing.

Separately, AMC reiterated plans to acquire outstanding shares of RLJ Entertainment it does not currently own for a purchase price of $4.25 per share in cash. Through this offer, AMC would make RLJE a privately owned subsidiary, with a minority stake held by RLJE founder and namesake, Robert L. Johnson.

RLJE, which includes Image Entertainment, Agatha Christie Ltd., and Acorn Productions (including Acorn TV), is currently trading at $4.51 per share.

Pay-TV ‘Terror’: British Telecom Streaming First Episode of New AMC Networks Drama Free on YouTube

In a first, British Telecommunications (BT) said it would stream the first episode of new AMC Networks original period drama, “The Terror” free on YouTube. The episode will be available for 24 hours on April 24.

BT said it marks the first time a primetime program has launched in the United Kingdom on YouTube ahead of its pay-TV debut.

“BT likes to break new ground and we are delighted to partner with our friends at YouTube to take the first episode of ‘The Terror’ to everyone in the U.K.,” Tony Singh, content director at BT TV, said in a statement.

The fictional series showcases the Royal Navy’s dangerous mission trying to discover the Northwest Passage. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, “The Terror” highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements but with each other.

The series stars Jared Harris (“Mad Men”), Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”) and Ciarán Hinds (“Game of Thrones”), among others.

“YouTube is committed to working with partners to boost discovery and viewership of their content in fresh and innovate ways,” said Richard Lewis, manager of entertainment content partnerships, YouTube.

As previously reported, AMC made all 10 episodes of “The Terror” available to AMC Premiere customers on the night of the show’s March 26 pay-TV launch in the United States.

“Providing entire seasons of shows … is one of the ways we are continuing to evolve AMC Premiere and make it even more valuable for fans of AMC programming,” said Mac McKean, head of innovation at AMC.




AMC Making All Episodes of ‘The Terror’ Available to Stream Concurrent with Pay-TV Debut

AMC Networks March 22 announced it would make all 10 episodes of original new drama series, “The Terror” available to AMC Premiere customers on the night of the show’s March 26 TV premier.

The move follows a similar strategy for all eight episodes of “McMafia,” which helped propel AMC Premiere to its most successful week ever in terms of new customer additions and viewership.

AMC Premiere, which launched last summer, is available to Comcast Xfinity subscribers for an additional $4.99 monthly fee. Subs can watch content … “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” and “Preacher,” among others, without commercials in real-time and on-demand.

“Providing entire seasons of shows … is one of the ways we are continuing to evolve AMC Premiere and make it even more valuable for fans of AMC programming,” Mac McKean, head of innovation at AMC, said in a statement.

Inspired by a true story, “The Terror” centers on the Royal Navy’s voyage into unchartered territory, attempting to discover the Northwest Passage. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction.

Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, “The Terror” highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements but with each other.

The series stars Jared Harris (“The Crown,” “Mad Men”), Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”) and Ciarán Hinds (“Game of Thrones”).


AMC Networks Remains Loyal to Pay-TV in OTT Market

In an over-the-top video era, going direct-to-consumer has become a key focus for media giants such as Disney, Time Warner and CBS.

For AMC Networks – home to original hit, “The Walking Dead” – remaining committed to traditional pay-TV distribution is as important as establishing OTT video platforms.

Speaking March 6 at the Deutsche Bank media, telecom & business services confab in Palm Beach, Fla., CFO Sean Sullivan said AMC has anticipated evolving consumer behavior toward digital distribution of entertainment.

“The trends haven’t been so surprising,” said Sullivan.

AMC operates SVOD services Sundance Now and horror-themed Shudder, in addition being majority owner of Acorn TV and  Urban Movie Channel with RLJ Entertainment. Last summer bowed ad-free AMC Premiere on Comcast, which Sullivan said was in part an attempt to be “sympathetic to our [pay-TV] distribution partners.”

The platform launches this year FuboTV and YouTube TV.

“As we evolve as a company, we’ve got a core business that’s performing well with great opportunities, and at the same time we’re investing in other opportunities where we think the consumer is going,” Sullivan said.

Since launching “The Walking Dead” as its first original content in 2009/10, AMC now produces more than 10 shows out of its Raleigh Studios in Atlanta for BBC America and Sundance, among others. It will spend more than $1 billion on content in 2018.

Indeed, licensing content to SVOD went from zero dollars in 2010 to “hundreds of millions of dollars” today, according to Sullivan.

“We think it’s a good piece of business,” he said. “The ability to increase content, increase output through multiple distribution platforms is a good place to be.”

Sullivan reiterated the market for scripted content has exploded and is more competitive. AMC now operates “writers rooms,” developing myriad scripts simultaneously as opposed to a single pilot.

It recently inked a slate relationship with Hulu, separate from an ongoing deal with Netflix for “Walking Dead.” With Netflix increasingly demanding – and getting global rights – to content, AMC opted for domestic-based Hulu.

“We felt Hulu was the appropriate and right partner in domestic SVOD as opposed to going global and wanting global rights,” Sullivan said. “They’ve been a good partner.”

At the end of the month, AMC will begin offering original period horror series, “The Terror” abroad on international channels and OTT. Original programing typically appears on SVOD nine months after the linear broadcast.

“We thought that was the right amount time, so we’re supporting our traditional pay-TV operators as well as making sure we’re maximizing revenue and value for the show,” Sullivan said.

At the same time, the CFO shot down speculation AMC would emulate Disney & Co. with branded OTT options.

“I don’t think it’s an eventuality as I sit here today, saying ‘am I going to offer an AMC linear viewing experience direct-to-consumer?’” Sullivan said. “That’s not something we’re looking do. I think AMC Premiere is a perfect vessel to do that.”