AMC Networks Names Charlie Collier SundanceTV President

AMC president Charlie Collier will add SundanceTV to his portfolio.

AMC Networks Wednesday named Collier as president and general manager of SundanceTV, overseeing the independent film and original programming service along with AMC.

Collier effectively replaces Sarah Barnett who had been named to head up sister service BBC America in November, shortly after AMC Networks purchased the company last year; she had been managing both networks in the interim

Collier, who joined  AMC in 2006, will continue to report to Ed Carroll, chief operating officer of AMC Networks.

 “Running AMC and Sundance under common management makes good sense for both networks, which are heavily focused on high-end drama,” Carroll said. “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.”

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