AMC's Charlie Collier Adds SundanceTV to Portfolio

Dan Monick
Charlie Collier

The nine-year AMC veteran will become president and general manager for the network behind 'The Honorable Woman.'

Charlie Collier's purview is set to expand.

The AMC president is adding SundanceTV to his portfolio. As part of the long-rumored shakeup, Collier will serve as president and general manager of the cable network best known for airing a trio of celebrated projects: Rectify, Top of the Lake and Maggie Gyllenhaal-starrer The Honorable Woman. Collier, a nine-year AMC veteran, will continue to report to AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll.

“Running AMC and Sundance under common management makes good sense for both networks, which are heavily focused on high-end drama,” Carroll said in a statement announcing the news on Wednesday. “Charlie has done a great job in moving AMC to a leadership position in the TV landscape. He inherits SundanceTV at a time when it has gained momentum from its original programs like Rectify, The Honorable Woman and The Returned — which often pop up on critics’ top 10 lists.”

The news comes more than four months after Sundance chief Sarah Barnett was tapped as president and general manager of BBC America, for which AMC Nets acquired a nearly 50 percent stake in October. In the interim, Barnett has continued to oversee Sundance, which will soon roll out Deutschland 83 and Hap and Leonard, among others.

“Sundance has a revered and well-defined multiplatform brand that can be traced all the way back to its iconic founder, Robert Redford. Honoring this legacy, SundanceTV serves a loyal and discerning audience, captivating viewers with distinctive, critically acclaimed and award-winning programming," added Collier. "I am grateful for the opportunity to work with these two highly coordinated and talented teams in support of the remarkable creative talent for which each brand provides a home.”

Collier joined AMC before breakout hits Mad Men and Breaking Bad had officially joined the network's schedule. In the near decade since, the pair of dramas have not only picked up dozens of awards but also changed the face of basic cable programming. As chief, Collier has added such series as Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, Halt and Catch Fire and ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead.