Charlie Collier is expanding his domain at AMC Networks. The AMC President & General Manager has been named President & General Manager of SundanceTV. He will serve in a dual role overseeing both networks, and will continue to report to Ed Carroll, Chief Operating Officer of AMC Networks. Collier’s senior executive team at AMC also is expected to work across both networks, reporting to him.
“Running AMC and Sundance under common management makes good sense for both networks, which are heavily focused on high-end drama,” Carroll said.
With Collier’s promotion, AMC Networks completes an executive restructuring following the company’s 49.9% acquisition of BBC America. In his new Sundance duties, Collier succeeds former Sundance TV topper Sarah Barnett who was named president of BBC America. She brought with her to BBC America her top lieutenant at SundanceTV, Nena Rodrigue.
It follows a trend for consolidation, with Viacom and NBCUniversal among media companies who’d made a move to put multiple cable networks under one leadership team.
The promotion also rewards Collier’s track record at AMC, which he joined in 2006, 10 months before the launch of the network’s first original series, Mad Men. Under his lead, AMC went on to become an established player in the original drama space with shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and, most recently, Better Call Saul, winning 33 Emmys along the way.
Sundance TV’s roster of original series also include critical darlings, like Rectify, The Honorable Woman, The Returned and The Red Road.
“Sundance has a revered and well-defined multiplatform brand that can be traced all the way back to its iconic founder, Robert Redford,” Collier said. “Honoring this legacy, SundanceTV serves a loyal and discerning audience, captivating viewers with distinctive, critically acclaimed and award-winning programming.” Collier said.