Collier’s promotion to g.m. of SundanceTV, on top of his role as president-g.m. of AMC, fills the void left by former g.m. Sarah Barnett’s move to BBC America. Barnett was tapped to run BBC America in November, a month after AMC Networks took over the channel from BBC Worldwide.
The move had been expected. Collier reports to AMC Networks chief operating officer Ed Carroll.
“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.’ ”
Collier has been with AMC since 2006. He’s steered the cabler through its record-setting ratings performance with “The Walking Dead,” as well as managing “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” for most of their runs. AMC has scored a major win this year with the successful launch of “Better Call Saul,” a “Breaking Bad” spinoff that defied the odds in being a hit with viewers as well as critics.
Under Barnett’s leadership, SundanceTV also revved up distinctive originals and is on track this year to field its largest original series slate to date.
“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,” Collier said. “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.”
Collier’s expansion of duties continues the trend of consolidated management of cable channels as evidenced recently by exec moves at NBCUniversal, A+E Networks and Turner.