Manne ankles Sundance Channel

Indie vet exits due to 'organizational restructuring'

NEW YORK — Veteran indie film exec Liz Manne has ankled the Sundance Channel to pursue other interests.

A Sundance Channel spokesman said Manne left the company as the result of “an organizational restructuring that is under way to address Sundance Channel’s long-range goals. We appreciate the substantial contribution Liz made to Sundance Channel during her tenure. We wish her well.”

Before joining Sundance in January 1998 as exec VP, programming and marketing, Manne was exec VP of marketing for Fine Line Features, which she co-founded.

“After taking a little time off, I’m looking forward to the next new and exciting opportunity,” said Manne, who reported to Sundance Channel prexy-CEO Larry Aidem and the net’s creative director, Robert Redford. Her position most likely will not be filled.

Sundance Channel has 10 million subscribers and is available in 50 million homes, more than a threefold increase since Manne joined in 1998.

During her tenure, Sundance Channel acquired numerous world-premiere films and began to offer film festival-style programming. Manne exec produced and oversaw the launch of Sundance Channel’s first original series, “Conversations in World Cinema” and “Anatomy of a Scene.”

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