AMC Theatres Hires New President of Programming

2:26 PM PST 06/23/2014 by Austin Siegemund-Broka
Courtesy AMC Theaters
John D. Calkins

John D. Calkins previously served as an executive at Sony Pictures and Warner Bros.

AMC Theatres has hired John D. Calkins as president, AMC programming.

Calkins will be based in Los Angeles and work alongside Robert J. Lenihan, who has the same title. Calkins will coordinate the company's relationships with Hollywood studios and entertainment companies, while Lenihan will continue to run AMC's film buying and day-to-day programming.

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Calkins previously served as executive vp digital distribution and commercial innovation at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and as senior vp corporate development at Warner Bros. 

“John will lead expanded business partnerships with studios and other entertainment companies that position AMC to generate greater revenue and profitability through our productive theaters and moviegoer relationships,” AMC Entertainment CEO Gerry Lopez said.

"John has a long and successful track record of partnering to drive film profitability with Warner Bros., Sony Pictures and at other entertainment companies," said Elizabeth Frank, chief content and programming officer. "His leadership will enable AMC and our studio partners to realize opportunities in the theatrical business and more broadly as the industry evolves."

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Calkins was most recently a vice president and senior partner at IBM. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Duke University.

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