As President and General Manager, Charlie Collier oversees the creative and business operations of AMC, SundanceTV, and AMC Studios. He joined AMC as General Manager in 2006 and was promoted to President in 2008; he was named to the SundanceTV post in April 2015.
Over the past nine years, Collier has transformed AMC into one of the most relevant and heralded original programming brands on television, while at the same time increasing all notable business metrics including revenue, ratings, digital use and monetization, etc. Under Collier’s leadership, AMC has introduced cultural and critical hits including the Emmy® Award-winning “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad”; “The Walking Dead,” the highest-rated basic cable program in the history of television; and “Fear the Walking Dead” and “Better Call Saul,” which stand as the #1 and #2 top cable series premieres of all time in live/same day viewing.
AMC’s entry into scripted original programming began just eight years ago with “Mad Men,” closely followed by “Breaking Bad.” Today AMC originals also include “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “Humans,” “Into the Badlands,” “Loaded,” “The Night Manager,” “The Son,” and “Preacher.” New upcoming series include “Night of the Gun,” based on journalist David Carr’s searing and poignant bestselling memoir and “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,” an adaptation of John le Carré’s best-selling novel.
AMC reigns as the only cable network ever to earn ten consecutive Primetime Emmy® Awards nominations for Outstanding Drama Series (2008-2017), win four consecutive Primetime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Drama Series (“Mad Men” 2008-2011), and win the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series – Drama three years in a row (“Mad Men” 2008-2010). With “Breaking Bad,” AMC became the only cable network ever to house the Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Bryan Cranston as Walter White) for three consecutive years (2008-2010). AMC also holds the most wins ever for the Primetime Emmy® Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Aaron Paul in “Breaking Bad”). With “Breaking Bad” winning the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series in both 2013 and 2014, AMC has taken home the honor six out of the last nine years. No other basic cable network has ever achieved this. AMC also received the Peabody Award for television excellence two years in a row, first for “Mad Men” (2008) and then for “Breaking Bad” (2009, 2014).
AMC’s evolution has been rapid. “Mad Men” premiered on AMC in 2007 to unprecedented critical acclaim and the momentum continued with the series garnering consistent praise today including being heralded as “TV’s best show” (Rolling Stone) and “…a glorious display of TV storytelling…” (Associated Press). The next launch under Collier’s watch, “Breaking Bad,” also received strong critical acclaim, including writer Stephen King heralding it as “the best scripted show on TV.” In the summer of 2013, the final eight episodes of “Breaking Bad” became a national cultural event and set viewership records for this landmark show, the finale becoming the highest rated A18-49 series finale in basic cable history.
In addition to critical acclaim, the network now boasts basic cable’s highest-rated drama series ever for total viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 for “The Walking Dead,” an AMC Studios production based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman. “The Walking Dead” debuted on Halloween night 2010 to critical acclaim and a total of 5.3 million viewers and, later, garnered its own Golden Globe® and Emmy® nods. The season five premiere of “The Walking Dead” in October 2014 delivered record ratings for the series: 17.3 million viewers and 11.0 million adults 18-49. With three days of time shifting included, those numbers rose to a total audience of 22.4 million and 14.6 million adults 18-49. “The Walking Dead” is also the first original cable series ever to end the broadcast TV season (seasons 3, 4 and 5) as the number one show in television in delivery for adults 18-49.
Collier has also expanded the network’s slate of programming to include series that explore authentic worlds and discussion, including “Talking Dead,” AMC’s live after-show hosted by Chris Hardwick; “Comic Book Men” starring Kevin Smith; “The Making of The Mob,” the first season of which documented the story of the Mafia in New York while the second looked at the Chicago underworld; and “The American West,” in association with Robert Redford’s Sundance Productions.
Under Collier’s leadership, the network has also strengthened its commitment to commemorating some of the greatest films of all time, by inking exclusive basic cable deals that make AMC the home of such diverse and iconic film franchises as The Godfather and Gone with the Wind.
In July of 2011, AMC’s parent company, Rainbow Media, renamed the company AMC Networks, leveraging the value of the brand Collier and his team had ushered in. AMC was taken public on the NASDAQ in mid-2012, now under the symbol AMCX. AMC Networks includes AMC and Sundance TV, as well as sister networks BBC AMERICA, WE tv, IFC and IFC Films.
In addition to his efforts leading AMC and SundanceTV, Collier is also responsible for AMC Studios, the in-house studio, production and distribution operation for AMC Networks Inc. Beginning with “The Walking Dead,” AMC Studios has since gone on to produce over a dozen critically acclaimed, award-winning and culturally distinctive originals across AMC Networks’ collection of networks.
A veteran cable network executive, Collier joined AMC in 2006 from Court TV (now truTV) with a track record of driving brand, revenue and business growth. At Court TV, he served as executive vice president and general manager of advertising sales where he more than quintupled its revenue from national ad sales, dramatically improved its positioning within the industry, and played a key role in broadening the network’s appeal beyond courtroom programming and into entertainment programming in the investigation genre. During his time with Court TV, Collier’s focus was on the union of content and sales. Through the creation of industry-oriented, ROI-based research programs, he worked with leading industry clients to improve the measurement of audience engagement and advertising effectiveness.
Prior to Court TV, Collier held senior roles at Oxygen Media, A&E Networks and TeleRep.
Collier earned his Master in Business Administration degree from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University. Among other accolades, Collier was honored with the 2009 Vanguard Award for Young Leadership, named to Crain’s 40 Under 40 class of 2009, named one of the 2010 top 10 television executives of the year by The Wrap, and has been on the CableFAX 100 list for five consecutive years.
Collier is also involved in civic activities, among them a senior board position at CancerCare, an organization devoted to helping not just cancer patients but also those around them touched by the disease. He is married and has four children.