Rainbow Media has elevated Charlie Collier to president of AMC.
Collier, who had been serving as the network’s executive vice president and general manager, will continue to lead AMC as it brings viewers to its base of movies and expanding slate of original productions.
Collier’s ascension follows AMC’s recent Emmy wins for its original scripted series Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Retro ad series Mad Men became the first basic cable show to take home for outstanding drama, while Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of high school history teacher turned crystal-meth producer Walt White garnered a best actor statuette.
In 2009, AMC will premiere its second original miniseries The Prisoner, AMC’s reinterpretation of the 1960 cult series, starring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellan in their first U.S. television roles. The network’s first original miniseries, Broken Trail, premiered in July of 2006 and was the second most-watched cable movie since 1995.
Last month, the service launched AMC News, a short-form programming strand covering entertainment news, including film premieres, major film festivals and industry award events.
The network continues, on a monthly basis, to contextualize its movies through programming franchises “AMC Hollywood Icon,” “AMC Complete Collection” and “AMC Celebrates.,” which marks the anniversary of classic films
“Under Charlie’s direction, AMC has been transformed into a network that critics and the industry agree is home to the best dramas on television,” said Ed Carroll, president of national entertainment services of Rainbow Media, in a statement. “He has elevated the brand to new heights, and has presided over AMC during a period of record growth and success. Charlie is a talented executive who skillfully bridges the creative and business sides of the network. This is a well-deserved promotion and I know AMC will continue to benefit from his leadership.”