AXN to roll out Sci-Fi, Crime Networks in Central Europe

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has announced plans to launch two new thematic channels in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary: AXN Sci-Fi and AXN Crime.

The ad-supported channels will be dubbed into local languages in their markets and will also feature locally produced interstitial material. Both will deliver series on weekdays and movies on weekends, and both new networks will be overseen by AXN Central Europe GM Stephen White.

White says, “These new thematic channels build on the success story of AXN in Central Europe since its launch in 2003 and the move is supported by research and feedback from AXN’s viewers which shows that there is a great demand for high quality sci-fi and crime programming. AXN is the first in the Central European region to dedicate channels to these popular genres.”

AXN Crime will offer up the SPTI series The Shield and the David Caruso police detective drama Michael Hayes, among others, while AXN SCI-FI’s key offerings will include Star Trek: Enterprise, Andromeda, Sliders, Charlie Jade, Battlestar Galactica and Trucks.

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