There is change coming to the home of The Walking Dead and this time it doesn’t involve Negan. AMC Networks announced today that Georgia Juvelis and Jim Maiella, have been promoted to SVPs and co-heads of corporate communications.
The move comes as long serving EVP and communications boss Ellen Kroner will retire at the end of the year after a 19-year run. Juvelis and Maiella will take on their new duties at the beginning of 2017 and report directly to AMC Networks president and CEO Josh Sapan.
“She has been a trusted advisor to so many here and I know I speak for the entire company when I say that – while we congratulate her on this new chapter – we are profoundly sorry to see her leave AMC Networks,” Sapan said Thursday of Kroner’s forthcoming retirement. “The company’s dramatic growth and success has provided a dream narrative for a communicator,” Kroner herself noted “Georgia Juvelis and Jim Maiella have been important contributors to this narrative for some time, and I am confident that they will do a terrific job of leading Corporate Communications at AMC Networks.”
Coming from a gig as VP Communications for Gemstar-TV Guide, industry vet Juvelis joined AMC Networks back in 2008. Maiella came on board at AMC Networks three years ago after spending 10-years its sister company, the former Cablevision Systems Corporation. Prior to a career in PR, Maiella was a reporter at the LA Times and Newsday – which means mediaheads, he sometimes feels your pain.