AMC Networks Advertising Sales president Arlene Manos said she will transition to president emeritus by the end of the year, making way for network veteran Scott Collins to assume the top role.
As president, Collins, currently executive vice president of the division and a long-time deputy to Manos, will be responsible for overseeing all advertising sales efforts for the programmer’s national cable networks, AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, BBC America and BBC World News.
“After more than a decade leading AMC Networks’ ad sales group, it is with affection and pride that I hand over the day-to-day reins to Scott Collins,” Manos said in a statement. “It has been an honor to be part of the team involved with creating what are among the strongest and most respected brands in entertainment. The experience of building this industry-leading team and succeeding in an era of rapid and seismic shifts in the media and entertainment marketplace have been among the most rewarding segments of my career. I will continue to provide counsel to Scott, and I am confident he and this talented team will continue to achieve even greater success.”
Manos has been president of national advertising sales at AMC Networks since 2002, when she joined the company to launch an ad sales function at AMC for the first time. The following year, Manos spearheaded WE tv’s transition to become a fully ad supported network and was behind the effort to eventually evolve IFC and SundanceTV into ad supported channels.
Manos joined AMC Networks from A&E Television Networks where she held a number of sales management positions, including senior vice president of national advertising sales. Prior to A&E, she served as an associate publisher of Manhattan, Inc. magazine, as a retail sales manager at WABC-TV in New York, and as an account executive at CBS Cable.
“Arlene is one of the most respected and successful advertising sales executives in all of media,” said AMC chief operating officer Ed Carroll in a statement. “She is a widely recognized industry leader who built our sales organization from the ground up, carefully transitioning each of our brands into ad supported networks and guiding a team that consistently delivers outstanding results. We feel extremely fortunate to have convinced Arlene to continue to provide her counsel and guidance at this time of continued change in the ad sales marketplace.”
Collins will assume his new role on Jan. 1. He will report to Carroll and will continue to be based in New York.
“I am proud to have the opportunity to extend what Arlene has built and to lead our sales team as we continue to leverage our brands and deliver high-quality programming, passionate audiences and genuine engagement with viewers,” Collins said in a statement.
Collins joined AMC Networks in 2008 as senior vice president of Advertising Sales for WE tv, and he has taken on growing responsibilities, most recently as executive vice president of AMC Networks Advertising Sales. Previous roles include vice president of National Ad Sales for NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, where he oversaw ad sales activities for USA Network and the Sci-Fi Channel. Prior to NBCU, Collins was at A&E Television Networks where he served as an account executive for A&E and The History Channel. Collins’ early career includes roles as a senior account executive at Eyemark Group W and as a research analyst for Nielsen Media Research.