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Monday, October 16, 2017

Wagamama Manhattan Fifth Avenue @wagamama_uk @wagamama_usa Inaugural Review Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

The winning team: Emma Woods, Customer Director; Xhezair Kasamaj, Head Chef; Faye O'Brien, star marketer of Wagamama America!
Chili Squid, one of the major highlights!
They may not be American but they sure have Firecrackers!  And, you can eat them...

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It's not who you know, it's Whom You Know...and you know this site is named after Peachy Deegan's 10th grade English class taught by Mover and Shaker Rennie McQuilkin.  The reason why anyone in the USA takes English at all is because although we became independent 241 years ago (we're still paying for this as we have to wait for the British tv shows to get here...), the English won the war.  We love the UK and though we do have a wait list for restaurant owners in London and other major cities to be reviewed, we are pleased to announce that Wagamama is the first UK restaurant brand ever to be reviewed on Whom You Know.  Peachy Deegan first ate at the Wagamama in Canary Wharf in London, a long time ago.
This is Wagamama's first feature on Whom You Know, and the first global restaurant review and Peachy's second visit ever.  
Today, Wagamama spans 20 countries with more than 124 company-operated restaurants in the UK, 5 company-operated restaurants in Boston and Manhattan and 46 franchised restaurants, mainly in Europe and the Middle East.
The minute we got there we are pleased to see kindred spirits at work-they were cleaning their windows.  We love clean.  Wagamama is located at 210 Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron area, and we have heard they also have opened a second Manhattan location, which we have not visited.
In the USA, they opened in Beantown first, and if you did not know Peachy at Boston College or in the Back Bay, you should know Beantown means BOSTON.  This particular Wagamama we visited on 5th Avenue opened in November 2016.
Wagamama was originally started in 1992 in Bloomsbury, London by Alan Yao and in 2007, it was acquired by a private equity firm whom we do not know but look forward to meeting as we understand they continue to be the owners today.  Perhaps many of our readers all around the world can see their Wagamama location on the map above!  Usually we only ever do one-of-a-kind restaurants, but because of the highly unique cuisine that we believe no one else in Manhattan is doing, and if they are, they are not doing it as well combined with these three key team members doing great work, Wagamama is the only international franchised restaurant of this size to be featured ever, and perhaps it is the first as we believe some restaurants we have reviewed will expand.
Wagamama's cuisine is 75% Japanese and 25% Korean, and 100% new to us and probably new to you too.  Believe it or not, though this is Japanese it is not sushi which also makes it entirely different as everything is cooked.
It is perfect on a day when you feel like you would like a change from all of your favorite Manhattan places, because this is is Manhattan where you can have it all when you want it and you always want to try something new.  We found the Wagamama menu to be particularly strong in small courses, and their menu calls them sides.  We believe you could also classify this section as small plates, appetizers...or sharing items.  We began with the Hirata Steamed Bun, under sides.  This is a Japanese bun, which is far smaller than the standard American cheeseburger bun.
It's smiling at you!
Two of them arrive in style and are called fluffy bao buns, served with Japanese mayonnaise (which we did not find too different from mayonnaise we usually eat) and cilantro; we ordered the Pork Belly and Panko Apple version.  The apple was crisp and terrific, and the pork had good flavor.
Next we tried the Gyoza.  We bet you don't know what that is either.  The menu explains everything to you so no need to fear: five filled dumplings with dipping sauce is what a gyoza is.
We tried the shrimp, which are called prawn in the UK and therefore prawn on the menu...but no matter where she is, Peachy Deegan is probably going to use the American words.  Even after living in Ireland for six months she sounded exactly the same when she got back to the USA.  These are crafted every day and have a nice crisp to them.
You can also have them steamed, and they are softer this way.  Pork and Water Chestnut inside are uniquely flavored.
Our favorite side by the distance of the Atlantic Ocean was the Chili Squid.  It sounded like it was fun, but it tasted even better.  We loved the diagonal cut presentation and Ms. Pretty Picky I Hardly Ever Like Unfamiliar Sauces loved the sauce.  The perfectly crisp fried squid is gracefully dusted with schichimi, served with a chili cilantro dipping sauce.  We surmise these will become habit-forming, so be on notice, you have been warned!  
Just as incredible as the Chili Squid is the Firecracker!
It is found under the Curry section of the menu, and we'd consider the Curry section to be entrees.  It is definitely the spiciest menu item we tried, and we loved it.  However, if you try it we suggest trying it at the end of your Wagamama culinary endeavors because it is so strong it will likely weaken your tastebuds to whatever you eat after it.  You can order this in a chicken version or a prawn (i.e. SHRIMP) version.  Someone here likes to try to have it all in life so they did honor her request (and even honoured it!) and you can see it in its combined shrimp/chicken glory in our visuals.  The fiery mix of snow peas, red and green peppers, onions and red hot chilies is served with white rice, sesame seeds, scallions shichimi and fresh lime.  We believe it would be especially fantastic on a gray cloudy day that is a bit chillier like today in Manhattan.  Note practically all days are like this in the UK and Ireland - and Americans like Peachy are shocked when those in the UK find a nice day to be when the sky is white...according to us, it is nice when the sky is blue!
Here is an aerial view, and this is totally what your dinner should be tonight.  It is gorgeous, colorful and delicious.  It will knock your socks off!
We are always looking for a traditional, classic green salad to be part of our meal.  The closest green component we found at Wagamama was the Wok-Fried Greens, which were robust and had laudable flavor.  One of our pals especially adores BROCCOLINI, so note that this has broccolini, not mere broccoli, and bok choy, stir fried in a wow-inducing garlic and soy sauce.
 If you like your curry more on the mild side, we'd encourage the delectable Katsu Curry, which we ordered the chicken version of (you could also choose vegetables).  The chicken was nicely coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs with rice and a bit of salad, and the curry sauce was in generous proportion dancing over the savory sensation.  This is the kind of dish that hits the spot.  
Emma's favorite dish is found under Teppanyaki: Teppan means griddle and yaki means fried.
Not only is the Wagamama menu clearly explained to daft Americans like Peachy Deegan (but not in a condescending way at all-we hope you have a sense of humor or HUMOUR) but also the Wagamama menu has a lot of depth, giving us many edible ambitions for future dates.  Under teppanyaki, the only section of a menu we've seen so labeled ever, there are five choices, and even sub-choices within these five.  The Emma Special is otherwise known as Yaki Soba and it is the chicken and shrimp (PRAWN) version.  Soba noodles are fragrant with egg, peppers, bean sprouts, white onion and scallions, garnished with fried shallots, pickled ginger and black and regular sesame seeds.
That might sound like a lot going on, but in the world according to Peachy's stomach, it is a magnificent combination that is not too little, not too much and ultimately just right.
P.S. Up with Cape Clear, Ireland!  We have been there, thanks very much @UCC and @BostonCollege and our dear dad.
We were impressed on our first American Wagamama visit and we look forward to seeing what they do next!  The British are coming!








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HISTORY UNVEILS 'VIKINGS' SEASON FIVE KEY ART AND NEW TEASE PROMOS AHEAD OF NOV. 29 PREMIERE DATE HISTORY®’S HIT DRAMA SERIES ‘VIKINGS’ UNVEILS SEASON FIVE KEY ART AND NEW TEASE PROMOS Two-Hour Season Premiere Airs Wednesday, November 29 at 9PM ET/PT

HISTORY has released the official season five key art of its hit drama series “Vikings” ahead of the two-hour season premiere on Wednesday, November 29 at 9PM ET/PT. It features a striking image of key characters – Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen), King Harald Finehair (Peter Franzén), Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) – in battle which alludes to the upcoming alliances and betrayals that will determine “Who Will Rise” and rule the world after the shocking death of Ragnar Lothbrok last season. Additionally, HISTORY has released four new “Vikings” teaser promos.

Season five begins with Ivar the Boneless asserting his leadership over the Great Heathen Army, while Lagertha reigns as Queen of Kattegat. Ivar’s murder of his brother Sigurd sets the stage for vicious battles to come as Ragnar’s sons plot their next moves after avenging their father’s death. Bjorn follows his destiny into the Mediterranean Sea and Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) who is suffering from the loss of his wife Helga, takes to the seas submitting himself to the will of the Gods. Additionally, Jonathan Rhys Meyers joins the cast as Bishop Heahmund, a fearsome warrior who passionately defends both his faith and his King.

“Vikings” is the critically acclaimed series from creator and sole writer Michael Hirst (Academy Award® winning film Elizabeth and the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated series “The Tudors”) and is a family saga that tells the remarkable tales of the lives and epic adventures of the raiders and explorers of the Dark Ages.

Across all platforms, the last season of “Vikings” averaged 7.8 million viewers per episode. “Vikings” is a top five drama across ad supported cable and averaged 4.1 million total viewers last season in Live+7 delivery. Additionally, the series reached 34.3 million total viewers in linear Live+7.

“Vikings” is the anchor hit series within HISTORY’s original scripted roster, which includes new drama series “Knightfall” premiering December 6 at 10PM ET/PT following “Vikings”; military drama “SIX,” currently in production on season two; and the recently announced series “Blue Book,” executive produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe® winner Robert Zemeckis, and “The Breach: Inside The Impeachment of Bill Clinton” from Emmy® Award winning producer R.J. Cutler.

Hirst serves as executive producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo; “The Tudors”), Sheila Hockin (“The Tudors,” “The Borgias”), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (“The Tudors,” “The Borgias”), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, and James Flynn (“The Tudors,” “The Borgias”). Arturo Interian serves as the executive in charge of production for HISTORY.

“Vikings” is an international Irish/Canadian co-production by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. MGM Television serves as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada. “Vikings” is produced in association with Corus Entertainment.

About HISTORY®

HISTORY®, now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate features a roster of signature series including Pawn Stars, American Pickers, The Curse of Oak Island, Aloneas well as the hit drama series Vikings and SIX. The HISTORY website is located at history.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/history and Facebook at facebook.com/history.

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SEASON FIVE OF HISTORY’S #1 SERIES “THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND” PREMIERES TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 AT 9PM HISTORY®’S #1 SERIES ‘THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND’ RETURNS FOR SEASON FIVE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 AT 9PM ET/PT


Brothers Rick and Marty Lagina are taking their historic quest to solve the 222-year old Oak Island mystery to epic new depths when HISTORY’s #1 series “The Curse of Oak Island” returns for season five premiering on Tuesday, November 7 at 9 PM ET/PT. Across all platforms, the last season of “The Curse of Oak Island” averaged 5.4 million viewers per episode and is the network's #1 series in key demographics. “The Curse of Oak Island” is a top five nonfiction series this year on cable and averaged 4.4 million total viewers last season in Live+7 delivery. Additionally, the series reached 35 million total viewers in linear Live+7, according to Nielsen Media Research.


Armed with the knowledge gained and evidence gathered in their years on Oak Island, the Lagina’s and their partners, are doubling down with new technology and heavy machinery as they go full bore into what they believe is the famed Money Pit - a 160 foot deep hole first discovered by three teenage boys in the late 1700's – which is believed to be hiding a cache of valuable items. This season, while specialized drilling rigs dig deeper than ever before, new artifacts, including a Pirate’s chest and a set of keys for three other chests, surface that deepen the mystery. What the Lagina’s will unearth this season may ultimately answer the question that hundreds of searchers – including President Franklin Delano Roosevelt - have been asking for over two centuries: what's really hidden at the bottom of Oak Island?

“The Curse of Oak Island” is produced for HISTORY by Prometheus Entertainment. Kevin Burns, Joe Lessard and Kim Sheerin serve as executive producers for Prometheus. Matt Ginsburg and Jennifer Wagman are executive producers for HISTORY.

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “The Curse of Oak Island.”

About HISTORY®

HISTORY®, now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate features a roster of signature series including “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers,” “The Curse of Oak Island,” “Alone” as well as the hit drama series “Vikings.” The HISTORY website is located at history.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/history and Facebook at facebook.com/history.

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OZZY AND JACK OSBOURNE ARE BACK ON THE ROAD IN SEASON TWO OF 'OZZY & JACK'S WORLD DETOUR' PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 AT 10PM ET/PT ON A&E

A&E Network hits the road with rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, and his adventure-loving son, Jack, as they travel across America on the road trip of a lifetime in season two of “Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour.” Ten one-hour episodes will chronicle the cross-country journey beginning Wednesday, November 8 at 10PM ET/PT on A&E. 

“I am so excited to be back for a second season because it means my dad didn’t kill me or cause too much destruction last season” said executive producer Jack Osbourne. “But you never know what will happen this time around!”

“We are grateful to Ozzy and Jack for allowing us into their lives for an unfiltered look at their relationship while on this exciting journey together,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, A&E Network. “Beyond the highly entertaining road trip adventure, the series’ focus on the deep bond between a father and his son offers viewers the personal connection they look for in our programming.

Growing up the son of a music legend, Jack missed his father who was often away from home on tour. Now they are making up for lost time with the ultimate father and son bonding experience, an extreme road trip in a vintage 1973 GMC camper—the same model that Ozzy’s band, Black Sabbath, used when they first began touring in America. This season, Ozzy and Jack travel thousands of miles across the country from Florida to Alaska and experience everything from unique local attractions to quintessential American pastimes. Whether they are deep sea fishing in Key West, experiencing a NASCAR race in Texas, camping with Jack’s daughter in Sedona, dogsledding in Alaska, or traveling with Sharon and the family to Hawaii, Ozzy and Jack approach every adventure with humor, heart, and rock n’ roll spirit.

“Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour” is produced for A&E Network by Osbourne Media with T Group Productions. Jack Osbourne and Peter Glowski are executive producers for Osbourne Media. For T Group Productions, Jenny Daly, Rob Lobl and R. Greg Johnston serve as executive producers. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Sean Gottlieb serve as executive producers for A&E Network. A&E Network holds worldwide distribution rights for “Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour.”

About A&E Network
A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, thought provoking original programming with a unique point of view. Whether it’s the network’s distinctive brand of award-winning disruptive reality, groundbreaking documentary, or premium scripted drama, A&E always makes entertainment an art. The A&E website is located at aetv.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aetv and Facebook at facebook.com/AETV. 

ABOUT T GROUP PRODUCTIONS
Based in Los Angeles and led by Jenny Daly, T Group Productions develops, sells and produces across all genres for broadcast and cable networks, both domestically and internationally, as well as digital platforms. Since its launch in 2010, the company has produced over 50 series, specials and pilots including over 100 episodes of Mystery Diners, Storage Hunters, A Wicked Offer, Hollywood and Football among many more. The company’s current slate includes Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour, Return of the Mac, 24 to Life, Build it Like Bendrick, I Catfished My Kid, Disney's Fairytale Weddings among many more. The company also has co-production partnerships with Jack Osbourne’s Osbourne Media, Ann Roberts of Roberts Media, Simon Lythgoe of Legacy Productions and Beth Greenwald of Wax World Media.

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A+E NETWORKS® ANNOUNCES NEW EDITORIAL EXECUTIVE A+E NETWORKS® ANNOUNCES NEW EDITORIAL EXECUTIVE FAYE PENN APPOINTED VICE PRESIDENT, EDITORIAL, LIFETIME®

Faye Penn has been appointed Vice President, Editorial, Lifetime®, it was announced today by Lea Goldman, Editor-in-Chief, Lifetime®, Lifetime Movies® and FYI® to whom she will report.

As Vice President, Editorial Penn will help develop innovative and award-winning digital content across Lifetime, as well as A+E Networks’ female-focused brands Lifetime Movies and FYI, to further establish these brands’ authority as the preeminent voice for women across the media landscape.

“Faye is a brilliant idea machine deft at thinking broadly about content. It’s not just about what you make, but where it lives and how it’s distributed,” said Goldman. “She is a digital native with a deep understanding of content and how to amplify it. As a writer, editor and entrepreneur who launched her own start-up and spearheaded important branded partnerships that helped make InStyle one of the most talked about beauty and fashion media outlets in America, I know she will be a valuable asset to the editorial team here at A+E Networks.”

Penn joins A+E Networks from InStyle, where she recently served as Executive Editor in a hybrid role that combined print and digital editorial with business development and brand extensions. Previously, Penn held leadership roles at New York Magazine, The New York Observer and The New York Post. In 2009 she founded Brokelyn, a buzzy web-mag devoted to budget living in Brooklyn, and later spun off a successful series of beer, wine and cocktail passports.

A+E Networks’ editorial team was implemented in January 2017, with Goldman as Editor-in-Chief, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies and FYI and Tiffanie Darke as Editor-in-Chief, A&E® and HISTORY®. Goldman and Darke lead the team with a focus on editorial strategy, sparking and coordinating writing, and creation and curation of content for use on-air, across digital and on social platforms. They also support the company’s efforts to initiate non-traditional strategic partnerships, events and sponsorship opportunities.


ABOUT A+E NETWORKS
A+E Networks®, LLC. is an award-winning, global media content company offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from linear channels to websites, gaming, watch apps and educational software. A+E Networks is comprised of A&E®, Lifetime®, History®, LMN®, FYI™, VICELAND, H2™, History en Espaňol™, Blaze™, Crime + Investigation™, Military History™, Lifetime Real Women® as well as its own production arm, A+E Studios™; film division, A&E IndieFilms®; A+E Networks Digital®; digital storytelling hub, 45th & Dean™; and A+E Networks Consumer Products™. A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 335 million households in over 200 territories. A+E Networks, LLC. is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aenetworks and Facebook at facebook.com/AENetworks

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HISTORY’S NEW DRAMA SERIES ‘KNIGHTFALL’ PREMIERES DEC. 6 AT 10 PM ET/PT. NEW TRAILER AVAILABLE HISTORY®’S NEW SCRIPTED DRAMA SERIES ‘KNIGHTFALL’ DELVING INTO THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 AT 10 PM ET/PT

HISTORY’s new drama series “Knightfall,” makes its series debut on Wednesday, December 6 at 10 PM ET/PT. From A+E Studios in association with Jeremy Renner’s The Combine, Island Pictures and Midnight Radio, the ten episode season takes viewers inside the medieval politics and warfare of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most precious relics.

“Knightfall” begins after the fall of the city of Acre, the Templar’s last stronghold in the Holy Land, where the Holy Grail is lost. Years later, a clue emerges suggesting the whereabouts of the Grail and sends the Templars, led by the noble, courageous and headstrong Templar Knight Landry (Tom Cullen, “Downton Abbey,” “Gunpowder”), on a life or death mission to find the lost Cup of Christ. From their battles in the Holy Land, to their clash with the King of France, to the dark events leading to the demise of the Templar Order on Friday the 13th, 1307 —a date which became synonymous with bad luck—the story of the Knights Templar has never been fully told until now. Focusing on themes such as belief, sacrifice, politics, love, power and revenge – “Knightfall” goes deep into the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks to find out who these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing.

In addition to Cullen, the drama series also stars Pádraic Delaney (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, “The Tudors”) as Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order who was crippled at Acre, and Simon Merrells (“Spartacus”, “Dominion”) as Tancrede, a steadfast, brave, and resolute knight who venerates his Templar vows above all else.

“Knightfall's” cast is replete with historical figures, representing the most powerful forces in Medieval Europe. Completing the cast is Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”) as Pope Boniface VIII, the Holy Leader of the Templar Knights and a stabilizing, incorruptible force within a chaotic medieval world; Olivia Ross (“War and Peace”) as Queen Joan of Navarre, wife to King Philip IV of France and a powerful Queen in her own right; a devoted mother, formidable diplomat and keen strategist; Ed Stoppard (“The Crown”) as King Philip IV of France, the most powerful monarch in Europe who seeks to consolidate his power with the help of his Machiavellian right-hand man and pragmatic lawyer, William De Nogaret, played by Julian Ovenden (“Downton Abbey”); and Sabrina Bartlett (“DaVinci’s Demons”) as Princess Isabella, Queen Joan and King Philip's daughter who would come to dominate the Kingdom of England as the She-Wolf of France.

“Knightfall” also stars Bobby Schofield (Black Sea, Our World War) as Parsifal; a young peasant farmer who seeks to become a part of the Templar Order; and Sarah-Sofie Boussnina (The Bridge, The Absent One) as Adelina, a Jewish refugee from the Holy Land who finds herself the victim of new persecution in Paris.

“Knightfall” joins HISTORY’s original scripted roster, which includes anchor hit series “Vikings,” renewed for a 20 episode sixth season; military drama “SIX,” currently in production on season two; and the recently announced series “Blue Book,” executive produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe® winner Robert Zemeckis, and “The Breach: Inside The Impeachment of Bill Clinton” from Emmy® Award winning producer R.J. Cutler.

“Knightfall” is an A+E Studios production in association with The Combine and Midnight Radio. Don Handfield (Touchback, The Founder, Kill the Messenger) and Richard Rayner (L.A. Without A Map) serve as creators and executive producers for The Combine, with Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee Jeremy Renner (American Hustle, The Hurt Locker) also serving as executive producer. Dominic Minghella (Doc Martin, Robin Hood) is executive producer and showrunner. Executive producers for Midnight Radio are Jeff Pinkner (Lost, Fringe), Andre Nemec (Alias, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Josh Applebaum (Alias, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Beautiful Girls). Barry Jossen and Douglas Mackinnon serve as executive producers. Arturo Interian is the executive in charge of production for HISTORY. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Knightfall.”

About A+E Studios

A+E Studios is the studio unit of the award-­winning global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios creates, produces and distributes high quality scripted programming across all networks and platforms in the A+E Networks portfolio, including Lifetime®, History®, Lifetime Movie®, FYI™, and A&E IndieFilms®. A+E Studios’ slate of programming consists of scripted series, event series and movies, including the Peabody Award-winning "UnREAL” and upcoming Jenji Kohan-produced series “American Princess” for Lifetime; the event miniseries “ROOTS,” the hit action drama “SIX,” the upcoming series “Knightfall,” and the recently green lighted series “Blue Book” for HISTORY, among others. Following its first full production year, A+E Studios received 16 Primetime Emmy® nominations including Outstanding Limited Series for “ROOTS.”

About HISTORY®

HISTORY®, now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate features a roster of signature series including “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers,” “The Curse of Oak Island,” “Alone” as well as the hit drama series “Vikings.” The HISTORY website is located at history.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/history and Facebook at facebook.com/history.

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AMC NETWORKS INTERNATIONAL – CENTRAL AND NORTHERN EUROPE PROMOTES BALAZS HAJOS TO VICE PRESIDENT, AFFILIATE SALES

AMC Networks International (AMCNI) – Central and Northern Europe announced today the promotion of Balázs Hajós to Vice President of Affiliate Sales. In his new and expanded role, Hajós will oversee the management of AMCNI – Central and Northern Europe’s affiliate sales in more than 30 territories.

Hajós’ current responsibilities will be expanded to include oversight of the entire region’s affiliate sales activities, including all sales activity for the networks’ portfolio in the Baltic States, Russia, Ukraine and members of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Hajós will be responsible for the distribution and revenues of over 30 territories and 15 channel brands, in addition to developing key accounts and collaborating with the senior management team on overarching strategic distribution plans.

Most recently Hajós served as Regional Director of Affiliate Sales of AMCNI’s Budapest-based regional office, where he oversaw development of new distribution opportunities and formulated innovative business development strategies for the organization.

Hajós will continue to be based in Budapest, headquarters of the Central and Northern European business unit of AMCNI. Later this year, the Budapest office will also be responsible for the global management of JimJam, the Pan-European feed of SundanceTV and the Russian AMC and MGM feeds.

Hajós has been with the company since 2007. As Regional Director of Affiliate Sales, he took an active part in widening the company’s channel portfolio in Central and Eastern Europe. Following the launch of Minimax in Hungary, Hajós – who served as a board member – led the further development and distribution of Minimax in the region, making it the top children’s television brand in 12 countries.

His professional career in the broadcast media began in 2000, as head of the Central European markets within the Canal+ Group. Hajós holds a BA in law and is a graduate of the Sorbonne University in postgraduate media law and media economics studies.

About AMC Networks International Central and Northern Europe

AMC Networks International Central and Northern Europe, an operating unit of AMC Networks International, is a leading international company in the field of broadcasting and distribution of thematic television channels. The current portfolio includes 15 television channels in a broad variety of genres including film & series, kids, infotainment and sports.

The company operates and manages the global feeds of JimJam, the European feed of SundanceTV and a variety of channels in Central and Eastern Europe like flagship channel AMC, Film+, Filmcafe, Film Mánia, MGM, Sport1, Sport2, SportM, Minimax, Megamax, Spektrum, Spektrum Home and TV Paprika. In addition, the company also operates German pay-TV channel KinoweltTV. The AMCNI CNE channels are programmed for local audiences, languages and markets, and are available in HD on numerous platforms like on-demand and mobile devices.

About AMC Networks International

AMC Networks International, an international programming division of AMC Networks, Inc., is a leading producer and distributor of television channels reaching subscribers in 140 countries and spanning a range of genres, including movie, lifestyle, entertainment, sports, children’s and factual. The channels are programmed for local audiences, languages and markets, and are available on numerous platforms including HD, on demand and mobile devices. AMC Networks International’s operating businesses include AMC Networks International – Central Europe, AMC Networks International – Latin America, AMC Networks International – Iberia, AMC Networks International – UK and the broadcast unit AMC Networks International – DMC.

For more information, visit: www.amcnetworks.com/amcni.

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On Happiness, by Audrey Hepburn

"I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true."
-Audrey Hepburn

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AMC NETWORKS INTERNATIONAL APPOINTS MARCO FRAZIER TO NEW ROLE AS SVP, INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION – DIGITAL AND NEW PLATFORMS

AMC Networks International (AMCNI) announced the appointment of Marco Frazier to a newly created role as Senior Vice President, International Distribution – Digital and New Platforms. In this position, Frazier will oversee worldwide distribution of AMC Networks International’s linear channels with new and digital media platforms. He will continue to report to Ed Palluth, Executive Vice President, Global Distribution, AMCNI. He will be based in Italy.


Frazier has over 20 years of experience in securing distribution for various media ventures. Most recently, he worked for with AMCNI on international business development and affiliate global distribution and has helped launch and develop networks throughout the EMEA region.

Palluth commented, “Marco is an expert strategist with a successful track record of driving remarkable growth around the world for AMCNI’s portfolio of channels. His wealth of experience and passion for our globally renowned and high quality brands will be instrumental as our rapidly expanding business continues to grow across the globe with innovative partnerships and digital media carriage.”

Prior to AMC Networks, Frazier was instrumental in launching multiple thematic pay-TV channels and brands and contributed to building up multi-million pound revenue streams. He led ESPN EMEA Affiliate Sales and Distribution department in building a paying subscriber base of more than 55 million paying homes across ESPN America and ESPN Classic. Previously, as Vice President of Business Development at Creative Networks International, he was pivotal in launching Cult Network Italia. At Sitcom S.p.A he secured distribution enabling the launch of three new channels including: Nuvolari, Alice and Leonardo.

Frazier speaks English, Italian and French. He resides in Rome with his wife and children.

About AMC Networks International

AMC Networks International (AMCNI), the global division of AMC Networks, delivers entertaining and acclaimed programming that reaches subscribers in more than 140 countries and territories, including Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. AMCNI consists of global brands, SundanceTV and AMC, as well as popular, locally recognized channels in various programming genres. For more information, visit: www.amcnetworks.com/amcni.

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#NHLPeachy Ehlers, Matthews and Backstrom Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the Week

Stars of the Week, Ehlers, Matthews, Backstrom
Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Washington Capitalscenter Nicklas Backstrom have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 15.

FIRST STAR – NIKOLAJ EHLERS, LW, WINNIPEG JETS

Ehlers led the NHL with five goals (5-2—7), including a pair of winners, to propel the Jets (3-2-0, 6 points) to three straight victories. He recorded 3-1—4, including a natural hat trick and the decisive goal, in a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers Oct. 9. In doing so, Ehlers became the third player in Jets/Thrashers history to post a natural hat trick, joining Ilya Kovalchuk (Nov. 11, 2005 vs. TBL) and Marian Hossa (Jan. 15, 2008 at DET). Ehlers added one goal in a 4-2 triumph against the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 12 and collected 1-1—2, including the winning tally, in a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Oct. 14. The 21-year-old Aalborg, Denmark, native has totaled 45-64—109 in 159 career NHL games, including a team-high 5-2—7 in five outings this season.

SECOND STAR – AUSTON MATTHEWS, C, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Matthews recorded four goals (4-0—4), including two in overtime, to power the Maple Leafs (4-1-0, 8 points) to a pair of wins in three starts. He collected his second career overtime goal in a 4-3 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 9. Matthews also scored in a 6-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils Oct. 11 before capping the week with two goals, including the overtime winner, in a 4-3 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens Oct. 14. The 20-year-old Scottsdale, Ariz., native and reigning Calder Memorial Trophy winner has registered 45-32—77 in 87 career NHL games, including a club-high 5-3—8 in five contests this season. His 45 career goals are tied for second in the League since the start of the 2016-17 campaign, behind only Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (47).

THIRD STAR – NICKLAS BACKSTROM, C, WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Backstrom paced the NHL with 3-6—9 in four games with the Capitals (3-2-1, 7 points). He posted 1-2—3, factoring on all three Washington goals in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Oct. 9. Backstrom added one assist in a 3‑2 defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins Oct. 11 before recording 1-3—4, his 19th career four-point game, in a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils Oct. 13. He closed the week with one goal in an 8-2 loss to Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 14. The 29-year-old Gävle, Sweden, native has collected 191-548—739 in 740 career NHL games, including a League-high 3-8—11 in six outings this season. Backstrom’s 548 career assists rank third in the NHL since his debut in 2007-08, while his 739 career points place fifth.



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AMC TO BE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE FOR A SPECIAL PROGRAMMING SHOWCASE FROM SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER TO SUNDAY 5TH NOVEMBER Season to Include UK Premiere of New Series “Snatch” and UK linear TV Premiere of Acclaimed Drama “Preacher” Binge-Worthy AMC Series Marathons to Include “Fear the Walking Dead,” “The Son,” “Into the Badlands” and “Hap and Leonard”

BT and AMC announced that consumers will be able to watch AMC free of charge from Saturday 28th October to Sunday 5th November via the Sky digital satellite platform. Viewers can catch a whole host of series marathons as well as the exclusive UK premiere of the new drama series “Snatch” starring Rupert Grint (the Harry Potter films) on 31st October at 10.00pm and the UK linear television premiere of the acclaimed supernatural drama “Preacher,” starring Dominic Cooper (The History Boys, Mamma Mia!) on 30th October at 9.00pm.

“AMC is rightfully lauded for its outstanding range of programming, and we’re excited to offer a wider range of customers the opportunity to see some of the channel’s very best series free of charge,” commented Mike Moriarty, President, AMC Networks International, CE & UK. “Funny, thrilling, epic, ground-breaking and unique, we’re looking forward to showcasing a great line-up of shows that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.”

Tony Singh, Content and Business Development Director, BT TV added: “We’re really excited about our AMC Showcase week: we’ve packed the schedules with premieres and some of our best, binge-worthy shows. For this week, viewers will have the chance to sample the amazing content that our BT Sport customers already have access to, at no extra cost, as part of their BT Sport package on satellite.”

AMC is available free of charge in the UK to BT customers on channel number 332 on BT TV, and to BT Sport Pack subscribers on Sky channel 192. AMC is also available in HD on both BT TV and Sky with an HD subscription1. During the promotion, viewers will be able to access the channel free of charge at those numbers. Further information about key programming is listed below. 

“Snatch” – 31st October at 10:00pm – Double Bill Premiere

Inspired by a real-life heist in London, the drama series “Snatch” is a reimagining of the Guy Ritchie movie of the same name. The drama centres on a group of twenty-something, up-and-coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high stakes world of organised crime. They must quickly learn to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld as rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters and local villains descend.

“Snatch” stars Rupert Grint as the intelligent but chaotic Charlie Cavendish, Luke Pasqualino (“Skins,” “The Musketeers”) as the smart, aspirational Albert Hill, Dougray Scott (“Desperate Housewives,” My Week with Marilyn) as Vic Hill and Juliet Aubrey (Iris, “The White Queen”) as Lilly Hill, Albert’s criminal parents. Lucien Laviscount (“Scream Queens,” The Bye Bye Man) also stars as Billy Ayres, a wingman to Albert who is rough around the edges. Additionally, Marc Warren (“The Good Wife,” “Doctor Who,”) stars as crooked cop Bob Fink and Stephanie Leonidas (“Whitechapel,” Mirrormask) is the assertive Chloe Kohn, femme fatale in waiting. The series was created and executive produced by Alex De Rakoff (writer/director of Dead Man Running and The Calcium Kid).

The series was critically acclaimed when it recently premiered in the US. Variety called it “a punchy adventurous show” and praised its “young and talented cast” and People magazine said that “the reboot preserves the flashy grittiness of the 2000 crime caper but with a new generation of hucksters.”

“Preacher” – 30th October at 9:00pm

Based on the popular cult comic book franchise of the same name, “Preacher” is a supernatural and darkly comedic drama that follows a Texas preacher named Jesse Custer who is inhabited by a mysterious entity called Genesis that gives him the power to make people do whatever he commands. Once this power attracts the attention of two mysterious angels, Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.

“Preacher” was developed for television by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (This is The End, Superbad, Neighbours) and showrunner Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”). The series stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun (Pride, “This Is England”) as Cassidy and Ruth Negga (World War Z, Loving) as Tulip.

Reviewers heaped praise on the series when it premiered in the US with TV Line hailing it as “funny, sexy, offbeat-as-hell” and the Boston Herald concluding that “Preacher is a black comedy, a horror funhouse, a mild meditation on belief and a wicked good time. There’s nothing left to say but: Amen.”

Viewers can catch up on the first episode on 30th October at 9:00pm and see the linear TV premiere of the second episode at 10:00pm.

Below is further information about key series marathons.

“Hap and Leonard” – 28th October at 9:00pm

The utterly unique ‘swamp-noir’ comic thriller “Hap and Leonard,” based on the enormously popular series of novels by Joe R. Lansdale, tells the tale of two best friends (James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams), one femme fatale (Christina Hendricks), a crew of washed-up revolutionaries, a pair of murderous psycho-killers, some lost loot and the fuzz. All six episodes of season one begin at 9.00pm on Saturday 28th October.

“The Son” – 29th October at 7:00pm

Starring Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye, Die Another Day, Mamma Mia!), “The Son,” based on The New York Times best seller and Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel of the same name, is a sweeping family saga that spans 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. The entire first season of ten episodes can be seen from 7.00pm on Sunday 29thOctober. 

“Into the Badlands” – 2nd November at 9:00pm

The thrilling martial arts drama “Into the Badlands” tells the story of a great warrior (Daniel Wu) and a young boy (Aramis Knight) who embark on a journey across a dangerous land. All six episodes of season one can be seen from 9.00pm on Thursday 2nd November. 

“Fear the Walking Dead” – 4th November at 9:00pm

Viewers can see all 16 episodes of season three of “Fear the Walking Dead,” beginning with the first eight episodes from 9.00pm on Saturday 4th November and the next eight episodes from the same time on Sunday 5th November. “Fear the Walking Dead” is the companion series to the phenomenally successful “The Walking Dead” and traces the beginnings of the undead apocalypse.

AMC will also present a range of films during the week including W. at 6.30pm on Saturday 28th October, Bruce Almightyon Tuesday 31st October at 1.00pm, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain on Saturday 28th October at 1.00pm and Mrs Pettigrew Lives For a Day on Monday 30th October at 3.00pm.

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About AMC Global

AMC Global, a business unit of AMC Networks International, commemorates favourite films from every genre and decade and showcases acclaimed first run original programming to bring audiences something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network has created some of the most award-winning series of the past decade that have re-defined dramatic storytelling. In addition to being widely distributed throughout North America, AMC is available in over 125 countries. AMC Global is a premier entertainment destination that is available in HD and SD and across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.

About AMC Networks International – UK

AMC Networks International – UK is a leading international broadcaster and distributor of eleven thematic television channels across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The diverse portfolio includes AMC, SundanceTV, Eva, Extreme Sports Channel and MGM Channel together with joint venture and partnership channels: Outdoor Channel, plus CBS Drama, CBS Action, CBS Reality, CBS Europa and Horror Channel with CBS Studios International. The consolidated and joint venture channels reach audiences in more than 160 million homes across over 140 countries and in 26 languages.

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. For more information, visit: www.amcnetworks.com/amcni.

About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2017, BT Group’s reported revenue was £24,062m with reported profit before taxation of £2,354m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

For more information, visit www.btplc.com

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