Rafael Gomez to Head Business Affairs for AMC Networks

Gomez Rafael and Scott Stein
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The company has also promoted Scott Stein to oversee business aspects of the 'Walking Dead' franchise.

AMC Networks has hired NBCUniversal executive Rafael Gomez to head its business affairs department. The cable group has also Scott Stein to oversee business aspects of The Walking Dead universe.

Gomez, who reports to COO Ed Carroll, will take charge of developing and executing programming agreements across AMC Networks' entertainment brands (AMC, IFC, BBC America and SundanceTV) and AMC Studios. He'll have oversight of deals with above-the-line talent and agreements with outside studios and streaming platforms.

Stein, meanwhile, is being upped to a new role as executive business director for the Walking Dead franchise, arguably AMC Networks' most important property. He'll report to Gomez.

"Rafael brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to this critical leadership role at AMC Networks," said Carroll. "His broad and deep experience in structuring and negotiating above-the-line, licensing, rights acquisitions and other production agreements is a tremendous asset as we increasingly focus on owning the content we deliver to viewers through an expanding array of platforms and services. We are happy he’s here.

"We are also pleased to be recognizing Scott's notable contributions to the company and steady leadership over nearly a decade with this expanded ownership of the critical business affairs function around The Walking Dead universe, which is expanding in meaningful ways for our company, our creative partners and millions of fans around the world."

Gomez was most recently senior vp business affairs at Peacock, NBCUniversal's streaming platform. Prior to that he oversaw business affairs for original programming at USA and Syfy.

Stein has been with AMC Networks since 2012. He previously worked as head of business affairs at Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films.