Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 25-07-2013
AMC/Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks, has appointed industry veteran Gustavo Lopez to the newly created position of vice president of global distribution and business development for Latin America.
The news follows last month's agreement with DirecTV Latin America to launch Sundance Channel in September. The network will be available for the first time in seven Latin American countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Sundance Channel is also being made available for distribution to other pay-TV operators across the region.
"Gus is a seasoned media executive who brings with him a wealth of experience across Latin America," said Ed Palluth, executive vice president of global distribution at AMC/Sundance Channel Global. "His strong negotiating skills and industry relationships will help propel the growth of Sundance Channel as we continue to serve audiences and distributors with high quality, globally renowned entertainment."
Prior to joining AMC/Sundance Channel Global, Lopez was vice president and regional counsel for Discovery Communications and managed all legal and regulatory matters affecting the company's business in Latin America and the US Hispanic market. Before joining Discovery he was senior director of legal affairs for the HBO Latin America Group. He began his career as an attorney in the international corporate department of White & Case LLP, where he represented clients in various cross-border corporate, financing and acquisition transactions.
Lopez received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has a BA in history from the University of Miami. He has native fluency in both English and Spanish and is proficient in Portuguese. In addition, he currently sits on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and the Television Association of Programmers Latin America, as well as serving as chairman of the legal committee of the Latin America Multichannel Advertising Council.