AMC Gets Big Piece of BBC America for $200 Million

Takes control of U.S. channel

AMC is taking over BBC America, buying a piece of the U.K. broadcasting property for a reported $200 million.

The deal gives control to AMC, but BBC Worldwide will retain a 50.1 percent stake in the cable channel. The companies will invest in BBC productions, and AMC will enjoy free rein pursuing U.S. advertising for BBC America and BBC World News.

BBC America is available in 80 million U.S. homes. Its programs include the long-running classic Dr. Who, the over-the-top motor enthusiast show Top Gear, the dramas Orphan Black, Luther and Broadchurch, and the Planet Earth natural history series.

BBC Worldwide and AMC have collaborated before—on the drama Top of the Lake and the spy thriller The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal which aired on the BBC in the U.K.

The BBC said, "AMC will run (BBC America) consistent with BBC’s editorial standards and policies."