AMC has hired Rick Olshanky as head of business of affairs, the network announced Thursday.
Olshanky will oversee all business affairs functions, including negotiations of all agreements around AMC’s original programming, productions, acquisitions and development, as well as licensing agreements. He replaces Marci Wiseman, who earlier this year was promoted to a newly created role as executive-in-charge of owned content distribution and strategy for AMC Networks. Olshansky will work out of AMC’s L.A. offices and report to AMC president Charlie Collier.
“Rick is a skilled professional who has extensive experience negotiating deals across networks, studios, talent, tech and more,” Collier said. “As we continue to grow, producing and licensing more AMC original series, Rick will play a leadership role at the network as a partner to me while leading our business affairs dealmaking. Sincere thanks again to Marci Wiseman, Rick’s predecessor, for everything she has accomplished at the network and beyond.”
Olshansky has previously worked as a business affairs consultant with Microsoft Xbox Entertainment Studios, exec VP of business operations at Bedrocket Media Ventures, exec VP of television network and studio business affairs at NBCUniversal and head of business affairs for Endeavor talent agency. He’s also the founder and chairman of Lincoln Remi Group, which provides green alternatives to bottled water.