AMC Networks elevated Rick Olshansky and Stefan Reinhardt to co-heads of its inhouse AMC Studios, giving the two executives oversight of its efforts to produce and control more of the programming that appears on outlets like AMC and SundanceTV.
Both executives will report to Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. Olshansky, head of business affairs of AMC, is based in Los Angeles and Reinhardt, senior VP of finance and studio operations for AMC Networks, is based in New York.
The studio will now oversee production and business affairs functions across AMC and SundanceTV.
Broadening the studio’s role comes as AMC Networks wants to own more of the scripted content its networks use and work more diligently to monetize them in international markets. “Expanding the scope and solidifying the leadership of AMC Studios is an important step in the continued evolution of AMC Networks, as content ownership and global expansion have become significant drivers of our industry and meaningful contributors to the success and growth of our company,” said Ed Carroll, chief operating officer of AMC Networks, in a statement. “Working closely with our programming and development groups for both AMC and SundanceTV, Rick and Stefan have the right expertise and practical experience to lead this expanded studio operation.”
Reinhardt, a 10-year company veteran, will continue in his finance role and will continue to report to Mary Martin, senior VP of strategic planning and operations for AMC Networks. Prior to AMC Networks, Reinhardt spent eight years at Fox News Channel in operations and finance.
Olshansky joined AMC late last year as head of business affairs, after holding senior positions in business affairs at NBCUniversal, the Endeavor Talent Agency and as a consultant to Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studio.
Scott Stein, VP of business affairs, will be elevated to senior VP of business affairs for AMC, and will continue to report to Olshansky.