Rainbow Inks Deal with ‘Spirit’ Awards


Rainbow Media Holdings LLC’s The Independent Film Channel and AMC are expected to announce Monday a new agreement with IFP/LA for exclusive telecast rights for the Independent Spirit Awards through 2009.

The pact extends IFC’s relationship with the Spirit ceremony — hosted annually on the Saturday before the Academy Awards — which honors films and filmmakers embodying independence.

IFC will carry the afternoon event live and commercial-free, with AMC encoring it that evening. AMC succeeds Bravo as the commercial-network venue for Spirit.