1:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Marc Juris to Exit as WE tv President
It's the end of an era at WE tv.
Marc Juris, the longtime president and general manager at the AMC Networks-owned basic cable network, will leave at year's end. A replacement has not been named and it's unclear if his responsibilities will be distributed to other executives at the larger company.
"My years at AMC Networks have been among the most rewarding and fulfilling of my entire career," Juris said in a statement announcing the news Wednesday. "This is a company that has always had an outsized impact by taking chances and having the confidence to make big moves and that has become part of my professional DNA. I’m thankful for our talented team and very proud of the shows we’ve made and the relationships we have forged with viewers. Our industry is in the midst of profound change and transformation, but the elements that make a good story are universal. I believe in the power of storytelling and look forward to writing the next few chapters of my own, wherever that takes me."
Juris becomes the latest network topper to exit at a time when media companies are under financial pressure because of fallout from the novel coronavirus pandemic. Many conglomerates have been consolidating business operations as they seek to trim costs and better position themselves for the streaming era. Sarah Barnett, who oversaw AMC, BBC America, Sundance TV, IFC and AMC Studios, departed earlier this year. AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll has been overseeing the portfolio on an interim basis since Barnett's tenure ended in early September. (AMC Networks, it's worth noting, has been the subject of sale rumors this year.)
As for Juris, he has overseen WE tv since he returned to the AMC Networks fold in 2013. He oversaw WE tv's rebranding and helped launch franchises including Growing Up Hip Hop, Marriage Boot Camp as well as Love After Lockup and Life After Lockup. Under his purview, WE tv has become the No. 1 cable network with Black women and adults on Thursdays and Fridays. Before moving to WE tv, Juris reinvented CourtTV to TruTV as president and turned that Turner-owned platform into a top 10 cable network in less than four years with hits including Impractical Jokers and Storage Hunters. Juris was at Turner (now WarnerMedia) from 2004-2013. Before that, he was one of the architects of AMC, working as senior vp originals and GM and transitioning the network from ad-free to ad-supported, reporting to Carroll.
"Marc came back to our company in 2013 and had an immediate impact. He brought new life to the network, oversaw a major rebranding effort, built on the success of existing shows like Braxton Family Values, brought back Bridezillas — one of the network’s original hits and cultural touchstones — and developed new franchises like Marriage Boot Camp, Growing Up Hip Hop and Love After Lockup, which have driven the network’s growth and success in recent years,” said Carroll. "He extended WE tv’s Thursday night leadership position on cable to Friday nights as well and leaves the network in a strong competitive position. He is an enormously talented and imaginative developer of brands and content and we will miss him."
Added Josh Sapan, president and CEO of AMC Networks: "We first worked with Marc many years ago, when he was running original programming for an early version of AMC and then became the general manager who took the network from ad-free to ad-supported, a move that fueled much of the growth and distinction that was to follow,” said Josh Sapan, president and chief executive officer of AMC Networks. “His keen eye for brands and for compelling content have been demonstrated here and elsewhere. He’s recognized as a leader in our industry and for good reason. We wish him nothing but the best as he departs to find his next opportunity.”