AMC Networks is bulking up its streaming platform and has announced AMC+ will carry weekly streaming premieres of films from sister companies IFC Films, IFC Midnight, RLJE Films and Shudder.
The arrangement starts on May 6 with the streaming premiere of IFC Films’s Adrien Brody thriller Clean. The platform will serve as the exclusive pay 1 partner for AMC Networks Film Group’s stable of IFC Films, IFC Midnight and RLJE Films.
Most of the Friday releases on AMC+ will stream 90 days after their initial theatrical release, with select titles premiering day-and-date in theatres and on AMC+.
The last Friday of the month will be branded ‘The Final Friday’ and will be devoted to a new horror film from genre specialist Shudder, which will continue to acquire select titles in partnership with IFC Films and RLJE Films.
Revenge thriller Catch The Fair One will debut on AMC+ on May 13; Riley Stearns’s Dual on May 20, 35 days after its theatrical release via RLJE Films; while May 27 brings Ruth Paxton’s A Banquet from Shudder and IFC Midnight.
IFC Films has been in aggressive form as a buyer this year, acquiring seven films from Sundance and the same number from SXSW. All 14 titles will eventually land on AMC+ through the new agreement.
Last November AMC+ experimented with exclusive streaming premieres on Fridays, resulting in the three most-watched films on AMC+ last year led by Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode comedy horror Silent Night from RLJE Films.
“For over two decades, IFC Films has led the industry in developing diversified distribution strategies for independent cinema, bringing audiences the best in global and American independent film,” said IFC Films president Arianna Bocco. “We are proud to continue this history of innovation and give audiences more ways to discover our incredible library on AMC+.”
The film line-up joins the AMC+ slate of original series including the final season of The Walking Dead, the sixth and final season of Better Call Saul, as well as Kevin Can F**K Himself and Gangs Of London. Among new series are 61st Street, Dark Winds, Moonhaven, Tales Of The Walking Dead and later this year the first two series in the expanded Anne Rice Universe – Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire and Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches.
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