THE DARK HEART OF CINEMA: FrightFest and Horror Channel renew their Sponsor partnership for FrightFest This August
Horror Channel and FrightFest have agreed a one-year partnership deal, which sees the UK’s No.1 TV destination for genre fans become the Broadcast Sponsor for the country’s biggest and most popular horror & fantasy film festival.
The agreement means that the CBS Studios International and AMC Networks International – UK owned channel continues its long-standing relationship with the festival, which dates back to 2005, and includes a two-year tenure as headline sponsor from 2016-2017.
As part of the deal, the channel will devote thirteen nights in August to a FrightFest Season, broadcasting twenty-six films from past festivals, which will include five UK TV premieres. Details of the line-up will be announced soon.
Stewart Bridle, Channel Manager, Horror Channel said today “We are thrilled to continue to be part of FrightFest – the event that brings together the genre community over the Summer bank holiday, year after year. Horror Channel will have its presence felt during the event, and it will celebrate the festival with a g(l)orious FrightFest season on the channel in August.”
FrightFest co-director Greg Day added “FrightFest wouldn’t be the same without Horror Channel’s participation and diehard support. Aside from the immense passion and know-how they bring to the event, the Horror Channel team add colour (mostly red), tremendous energy and help make sure all the fans have a bloody good time!”
This year, the annual 5-day August Bank Holiday event, which Guillermo Del Toro calls “The Woodstock of Gore”, will host over sixty films to an international audience at the Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema from Aug 23 - Aug 27. Programme details to follow.
Dubbed “the Woodstock of Gore” by director Guillermo Del Toro, FrightFest, set up in 2000, has grown in size and stature since its cult roots at the Prince Charles Cinema and today is internationally renowned for discovering exciting and original horror fantasy genre films and for supporting the talent behind them, helping to launch the careers of such directors as Simon Rumley, Christopher Smith, Eli Roth, Neil Marshall and Simon Hunter.
Over the years the festival directors, Greg Day, Alan Jones, Paul McEvoy and Ian Rattray, have developed FrightFest into a brand leader for horror film, expanding its footprint in the UK by hosting special events throughout the year and joining forces with the Glasgow Film Festival, where they run an established three-day event. They have teamed up with FAB Press to publish a series of ‘The FrightFest Guide To…” books and will soon be announcing a new partnership deal for their FrightFest Presents label.
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About Horror Channel
Horror Channel is the premiere U.K. channel dedicated to the fearful and the fantastic. With a curated mix of ground-breaking and genre-defining content including niche, cult and box office smash movies, alongside fantasy, science fiction and supernatural series, audiences will be entertained and terrified.
Available in over 26 million UK households, Horror Channel and timeshift channel Horror Channel +1 attract an average of 6 million adults every month. Popular programming includes TV series “Star Trek: The Original Series”, “Lost in Space”, “Andromeda” and “Tales From The Darkside”, and a movie portfolio spanning horror, disaster, thriller and fantasy genres, celebrating the stuff of dreams and nightmares.
Horror Channel is part of the fastest growing portfolio of entertainment channels in the UK, a partnership between CBS Studios International and leading international broadcaster AMC Networks International - UK.
About CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership
The CBS AMC Networks UK Channels are a portfolio of six entertainment channels owned by the CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership established in September 2009 between CBS Studios International and AMC Networks International – UK.
The channels include CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, CBS Drama, CBS Action, Horror Channel and Horror Channel +1, and feature a broad assortment of drama, reality and long form content from CBS’s extensive television library, complemented by entertainment programming from third party suppliers. CBS Reality also features original true crime content including “Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files”, “Voice of a Serial Killer”, and “Written in Blood”. CBS AMC Networks Channels reach viewers in more than 26 million homes throughout the UK via the Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat and Freeview platforms.
CBS Studios International, the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, is a division of CBS Corporation.
AMC Networks International – UK is a business unit of AMC Networks International which delivers entertaining and acclaimed programming to Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.