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AMC extends Mad Men episode length by 2 minutes

Mad Men creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner has announced that AMC has extended the run time for upcoming episodes of the critically acclaimed series by 2 minutes; from 45 minutes to 47.05 minutes. The 45-minute figure was the one agreed upon by both parties earlier this year during a contract dispute.

That original agreement called […]

Mad Men renewed for fifth and sixth seasons; Matthew Weiner staying on as showrunner

AMC and Lionsgate today announced the return of the iconic series “Mad Men” for seasons five and six with series creator Matthew Weiner back on board as showrunner. Concurrently, it was announced that Weiner has signed a new long-term deal with Lionsgate, extending into a possible seventh season. The announcements were made by Charlie Collier, president of AMC, and Kevin Beggs, president of Lionsgate Television Group.

Not included in the press release (which you’ll find included in full after the jump), but reported on elsewhere are some details on the deal. First up, although the renewal is for two seasons (through season six) a pick-up for season seven is likely given Matthew Weiner signed a new deal (worth a $25-30M) that would take him through a possible seventh season. Also, AMC will air full 47-minute cuts of the season premiere and finale episodes, but will choose between airing a 45 or 47 minute cut of the episodes in between (this would in effect give them an additional 2 minutes of ad-time revenue per week). If the network decides to air the shorter version, they would air the extended cut online and on-demand.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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AMC greenlights fifth season of Mad Men; But it won’t premiere until March 2012

AMC has greenlit a fifth season of Mad Men, but extended negotiations with Matthew Weiner — who is reportedly seeking an enormous $30M three-year contract — means the fifth season won’t premiere until March 2012, 17 months after the fourth season finale:

According to sources with knowledge of the negotiations, Weiner had […]