AMC Global picks up Walking Dead companion show

DetailsGabriel Miramar-Garcia | 10 March 2015

Coinciding with an AMC US pick-up of two seasons of The Walking Dead companion series (title TBD), AMC Global today announced it has acquired international television rights to the show.

The new series will be set in Los Angeles and focus on new characters and storylines. The show's first season will consist of six, one-hour episodes and premiere on AMC in late summer. The show's second season will air in 2016.

AMC plans to air each episode in international markets within 24 hours of its US premiere.

Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert from The Walking Dead are executive producers of the new series, which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios.

"The AMC brand is quickly becoming synonymous with the most sought after and compelling content around the world," said Bruce Tuchman, president of AMC and Sundance Channel Global. "We're pleased to bring the series to a global audience within 24 hours of the US premiere and ensure that The Walking Dead's worldwide community of fans can experience this new story together as it unfolds."

AMC Networks rebranded the MGM Channel as AMC in late 2014. The rebrand marked the first distribution outside of North America for AMC, and has since launched locally-versioned channel feeds on hundreds of cable and satellite platforms across Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.