There shall be solely 10 weeks with out Walking Dead programming in 2020, marking what AMC chief working officer Ed Carroll notes is an unprecedented stage of consistency. 2020 will air the again half of The Walking Dead Season 10 and the primary half of its already introduced eleventh season, in addition to the sixth season of spinoff Fear the Walking Dead and the primary ten-episode season of AMC’s third and still-untitled Walking Dead sequence, set to premiere on the community in Spring 2020. Also in the works from TWD chief content material officer Scott Gimple are a trilogy of theatrically-released movies starring Andrew Lincoln Rick Grimes and a number of miniseries, specials and different shorter size sequence constructing out AMC’s TWD Universe.
In an AMC convention name Thursday, Carroll stated TWD3 permits AMC to ship some “40 Sundays of original zombie world premieres” in 2020 (through Variety). “That’s a consistency that’s not happened before,” Carroll stated. 16 episodes of the mothership sequence, 16 episodes of Fear and 10 episodes of TWD3 leaves simply 10 weeks with out TWD programming subsequent yr.
During the decision, AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan laid out plans to shift focus to rising the corporate’s subscription streaming companies — Acorn TV, Sundance Now, Urban Movie Channel and Shudder — described by Sapan as “targeted, hyper-focus SVOD [subscription video on demand] services” able to complementing the larger and broader streaming companies owned by Netflix, Disney, Apple, NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia.
According to Variety, Sapan stated AMC is re-thinking its strategy to promoting rerun rights to exterior SVOD platforms. Currently, the primary 9 seasons of The Walking Dead can be found on Netflix whereas the primary 4 seasons of Fear can be found on Hulu. Moving ahead, every TWD sequence shall be “evaluated on a case-by-case basis to generate the highest return,” Variety experiences.
The worldwide streaming rights for TWD3 have already been offered to Amazon besides for markets the place AMC owns worldwide channels. The home streaming rights shall be held by AMC.
Though not talked about by Sapan, it’s doable a number of the tasks now being developed by Gimple make their solution to AMC-owned streaming companies. Future TWD tasks may conceivably attain Shudder or AMC Premiere, its on-demand and ad-free service granting entry to new episodes of The Walking Dead 48 hours earlier than their cable premiere.
Gimple appeared to trace at such a chance when The Hollywood Reporter requested why tv is constructing out multi-show franchises in the vein of sometimes massive display screen franchises just like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars.
“I think, even as a consumer, I’ll just say because we want that stuff. We’re consuming things very differently. Everybody essentially has their own video store now,” Gimple beforehand instructed THR’s “TV’s Top 5” podcast. “You’ve bought the Marvel video retailer, and the Star Wars video retailer, and all of those locations the place you may go in and you’ve got an thought of the kind of factor you’ll get — hopefully there’s quite a lot of selection — and it provides folks kind of a deep library to enter. And they may not go into it instantly, it’s one thing that they’ll go into. It’s one thing that they primarily personal now, by way of the streaming companies. It’s good to have all these books on the shelf, all these movies on the shelf, and have the ability to pull them down while you need.”
That strategy to the ever-changing media panorama is “sort of what we’re building.”
“Of course we would love people to watch things on Sunday night, that would be the best, but it’s a different world now. We’re even gonna be building things that aren’t even designed for you guys to watch on Sunday night,” Gimple stated. “We just want to give you a stack of entertainment to have for the rest of your life, and to dip into, to dip out to, that’s how I look at it.”
Gimple beforehand promised 2020 could be “a really big year for the universe and the shows.”
“I guess it’s the beginning of our next decade, so we’re trying to kick it off in style,” he stated at WonderCon earlier in 2019. “But it looks like 2020 is an exciting year.”