AMC drama: Wayne exits


Christina Wayne has abruptly resigned from AMC after more than three years.

Wayne, who was senior vp scripted series and miniseries, informed her staff of the departure Thursday morning.

Wayne has overseen AMC's development of original series and miniseries, including critical home runs "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and the 2006 miniseries "Broken Trail."

She is credited with finding and shepherding "Mad Men," the period ad agency drama that has become a game-changer for AMC with its critical acclaim and crossover into pop culture. The series is the reigning champ in the top drama category at all major award shows.

"We're proud of what Christina Wayne has accomplished at AMC during her tenure here and thank her for all of her contributions in helping to make AMC home to the best dramas on television," AMC said.

The network declined comment on a replacement for Wayne, but AMC might stick with in-house executive talent. Jeremy Elice, a vp who brought "Breaking Bad" to the cable net, has been rumored to take over scripted series.

Wayne's plans are unclear. There is speculation that she might join another network, with pay cabler Starz a possibility.

Wayne, a screenwriter and director, worked for a year as a consultant before joining AMC as a vp in November 2005. She was upped to senior vp in January 2008. (partialdiff)