Marc Juris is returning to AMC Networks as the new president and general manager of WE tv. He succeeds Kim Martin, who stepped down last week, and will report to Ed Carroll, COO of AMC Networks. Most recently, Juris was EVP and COO of truTV for nine years until departing the Turner network this past summer. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at AMC Networks, then known as Rainbow Media, including president of music channel Fuse. Earlier, he was SVP Programming and later general manager of AMC, where he developed and spearheaded the channel’s rebranding and its transition to an ad-supported network. That makes two network transformations he has overseen, having also shepherded Court TV’s evolution into truTV. He is taking over WE tv also in a transitional period, as the network, known for its slate of unscripted series, led by flagship Braxton Family Values, is moving into the scripted space, having recently greenlighted its first scripted series, The Divide. “We’re glad to have Marc Juris back at the company,” said Carroll. “Marc possesses a unique blend of programming and marketing expertise and has a proven track record of growing both brands and ratings.”
At truTV, Juris developed and delivered more than 300 hours of original programming every year, including Hardcore Pawn, Impractical Jokers and Storage Hunters. In 2012, Juris led the network to the best primetime performance in its history. He inherits WE tv in good shape — in the recently released Q3 cable network rankings, WE tv averaged 350,000 primetime total viewers, up a healthy 29% from last year. In women 18-49, the network drew 125,000 viewers, up 15%.