AMC Networks said president of distribution Bob Broussard told the company he wants to retire at the end of the year. The programmer said Broussard "has played an extremely significant role" by managing the company's relationships with cable, satellite and telco providers over the years.
During his tenure AMC Networks evolved from a movie channel to an original programming power, with such shows as AMC's The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, and now oversees five networks (AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, We TV and BBC America).
"For 30 years, Bob has provided thoughtful and highly effective leadership at our company, starting in the legal department and ultimately running affiliate relations during a period that completely transformed AMC and its relationships with distributors, to the benefit of everyone associated with the company and the millions of fans of our programming,” AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan said in a release. “We are sorry to see him go but understand his desire to retire from the industry and are very appreciative for his time here and many contributions to the company.”
Broussard said: “When I got here in August of 1989, I would never have dreamed of the three decades that followed, a remarkably rewarding and stimulating period of growth and success, as AMC reinvented itself time and again and ultimately became a force in original programming far beyond any of our expectations, and across five national networks. I am so proud of our affiliate team and all that we have accomplished. I’m also extremely grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to work with the other highly-skilled people here at AMC Networks as well as at our distribution partners. While I cherish my role here, and will sorely miss it, I am excited to move into my next chapter.”
Earlier, Broussard was a corporate lawyer with Paul, Weiss, specializing in mergers, acquisition, and financing transactions.