Development executive oversaw 'Mad Men'

AMC scripted development topper Christina Wayne, who helped oversee the channel’s rise to original-programming prominence, announced Wednesday that she’s leaving the net.

Neither a reason for her abrupt departure nor any details of what she plans next were provided.

“We are proud of what Christina Wayne has accomplished at AMC during her tenure here and thank her for all of her contributions in helping to make AMC home to the best dramas on television,” a network statement read.

It was only a year ago that Wayne was upped to senior VP in the wake of programming and production topper Rob Sorcher’s departure to Cartoon Network. Former Walden Media exec Joel Stillerman was subsequently brought in as senior veep of original programming, production and digital content.

A former screenwriter who joined AMC in 2005 as VP of scripted series and miniseries, Wayne oversaw the gestation of the channel’s Emmy-winning original series “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men.”

Her first big project was 2006 telepic “Broken Trail,” which ranked as that year’s most-watched scripted program on cable and snagged four Emmys.

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