SundanceTV, which became part of the AMC Networks in 2011, has a new president and general manager, and he’s one of the most respected, talented executives in the business.
Charlie Collier, who is already the president and GM of the AMC cable channel, will add SundanceTV to his portfolio.
“Running AMC and Sundance under common management makes good sense for both networks, which are heavily focused on high-end drama,” said Ed Carroll, Chief Operating Officer of AMC Networks, and the person to whom Collier will continue to report. Carroll continued, in a statement, “Charlie has done a great job in moving AMC to a leadership position in the TV landscape. He inherits SundanceTV at a time when it has gained momentum from its original programs like ‘Rectify,’ ‘The Honorable Woman’ and ‘The Returned’ – which often pop up on critics’ top ten lists.”
Said Collier in a statement, “Sundance has a revered and well-defined multiplatform brand that can be traced all the way back to its iconic founder, Robert Redford. Honoring this legacy, SundanceTV serves a loyal and discerning audience, captivating viewers with distinctive, critically acclaimed and award-winning programming. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with these two highly coordinated and talented teams in support of the remarkable creative talent for which each brand provides a home.”
Clearly what Sundance could use is better consumer branding and a wider audience. In those areas Collier is an ace. As AMC itself notes about him, “Collier joined AMC Networks in 2006, and has run AMC during a period of growth and network redefinition that has seen it move from a movie channel to a major force in original programming and a “must have” network for viewers, home of shows including ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘The Walking Dead’ and, most recently, ‘Better Call Saul.’
The announcement adds, “SundanceTV was previously run by Sarah Barnett, who was named president and general manager of BBC America late last year, when AMC Networks began operating BBC America through a joint venture with BBC Worldwide. Barnett has continued to oversee SundanceTV during the interim period.” Barnett continues to run BBC America.