It's Official! IFC Changes Its Name To... IFC

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January 9th, 2014


via press release:





PASADENA, CA – January 9, 2014 – Today at the Television Critics Association, IFC’s President and General Manager, Jennifer Caserta, announced that the TV home of Portlandia, Maron, Comedy Bang! Bang! and other “slightly off” comedies has changed its name from IFC to IFC.


While the network has gone by the name IFC for several years now, it has become a destination for smart and unique alternative comedies.  Some have occasionally continued to refer to it by the name that persisted on a piece of paper in the basement of its home office, the Independent Film Channel, but that document no longer exists.


“The name ‘Independent Film Channel’ has been legally retired and IFC as an acronym now stands for nothing,” Caserta said.  “Well, it actually stands for a growing number of smart, funny and original alternative comedies, but our viewers already know that.  So, starting today, IFC is legally IFC.”


On the heels of its best year ever, with double-digit viewership gains, IFC debuts its newest original comedy TONIGHT. The Spoils of Babylon is a momentous and sweeping tale of forbidden love, betrayal, corruption and bloodshed. The gripping six-part saga features Jessica Alba, Will Ferrell, Jellybean Howie, Val Kilmer, Tobey Maguire, Haley Joel Osment, Tim Robbins, Michael Sheen, Steve Tom and Kristen Wiig with a cameo by David Spade and Molly Shannon and Carey Mulligan voicing a mannequin. The Spoils of Babylon premieres with two back-to-back half-hour episodes tonight at 10 pm ET/PT only on IFC.


About IFC

IFC creates and champions authentic, original comedies that are “Always On. Slightly Off,” which air alongside an extraordinary collection of films and comedic cult TV shows. features exclusive video, web series, podcasts, blogs and additional content that engages fans with IFC originals.  The network's On Demand offering, IFC Free, gives viewers the opportunity to watch select content from IFC whenever they want.  Established in 1994, IFC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and is available in over 71 million homes on every major cable, satellite and telco provider.

  • Magnum

    Best press release title ever?

  • Jagger Dagger

    One of the things I like about IFC is they do have a sense of humour.

  • American

    Lol funny press release

  • Bart

    This channel bites along with it’s sister network AMC

    Remember when IFC meant “Independent Film Channel” and didn’t have commercials?? Remember when AMC meant “American Movie Classics” and actually showed GREAT movies??

    These two channels stink, suck, bite & blow!! Wish I could order channels A La Carte and get them off my cable box!!!

  • JSunkist

    @Bart — enjoy your continuation in watching them ;-)

  • Joseph

    They could have changed what the initials “IFC” mean to Intentionally Fun Channel.

  • Oliver

    I believe it’s semi-parodying The Military Channel renaming itself to American Heroes Channel, because the TCA events were on the same day.

  • kerry

    I agree with Bart

  • marc

    yeah, remember the good times when we had no Breaking Bad, no Mad Men, no Portlandia, no Walking Dead and no Comedy Bang! Bang! and instead the same movies we already owned on DVD/VHS for years? Fun times indeed…

  • Jagger Dagger

    IFC and AMC say that you stink, suck, bite & blow as well.

  • Carthy

    AMC *never* showed “great movies.” Much was made in the early years about the fact that it was supposedly showing “classics” that were actually pretty mediocre and not especially well-known. TCM deserves the “classic” moniker MUCH more.

  • Jagger Dagger

    Agreed. If you like classic movies you can’t get any better than TCM.
    Not only are they uncut and no commercial breaks, but they really care about classic cinema and try to get the best looking prints they can get their hands on.

  • Johan

    If “pretty mediocre and not especially well-known” = John Ford silents that no one else has shown since and are still not available on DVD or Blu-ray, then I would much prefer that channel to the AMC of today, just as I would much rather watch a channel that showed Robert Bresson films (IFC in the 2000s) than bad indie comedy shows (IFC now.)

    Shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men could have happened somewhere else. TCM is now the only channel that will show the films mentioned above and that is not a good situation. IFC and Sundance used to make good contributions, now they are useless to people who care about film.

  • Bart

    “IFC and AMC say that you stink, suck, bite & blow as well.” – Jagger Dagger


  • CookyMonzta

    Lazy. Simply lazy. If they do not want to be known for what they (used to) specialize in, in addition to ditching the network initials, why don’t they just give away or shut down the Independent Spirit Awards, the awards show they always hold the Friday or Saturday before the Oscars?

    MTV should be lucky they still have cable channels that actually show music videos (like MTV Hits), or the company would look stupid hanging on to that network’s initials.

  • HolliBee

    Remember when A&E stood for Arts and Entertainment and now they only have contrived reality shows. I miss the quality shows they had in the 1990’s like Pride and Prejudice miniseries, Americas Castles. They don’t show anything like that anymore. Occasionally on History channel they will show those old repeats but they are not making anything new.

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