Jennifer Caserta was named Chief Transformation Officer, AMC Networks, in May 2018. She is charged with driving and facilitating organizational structures and strategies that best position AMC Networks for successful innovation in storytelling, story formats, new products, distribution and advertising, and strengthen and grow its portfolio of assets. Caserta reports to Josh Sapan, AMC Networks President and CEO.
Previously, Caserta was President and General Manager of IFC. Under her leadership, IFC attracted top-tier talent and cultivated the success of its original series including Portlandia, the Emmy, Peabody and WGA-winning sketch comedy series starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein which just concluded its widely acclaimed eight year run; the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated docu-parody Documentary Now! starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, written by Seth Meyers, and hosted by Helen Mirren; fan favorite horror-comedy Stan Against Evil starring John C. McGinley, Janet Varney and created by Dana Gould; The Baroness Von Sketch show, which Vogue called “the best thing to come out of Canada since Ryan Gosling;” critical darling Brockmire, starring Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet, currently in its second season and already renewed for a third and fourth season and the recently announced original musical variety sketch show Sherman’s Showcase created by Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, and executive produced by John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co.
Caserta was a key architect in AMC Networks taking on a minority ownership stake in leading comedy brand Funny or Die. In addition to sitting on its board, Caserta is responsible for the oversight of leveraging that investment. The deal was realized after a series of successful collaborations, including Spoils of Babylon and Brockmire. This partnership ensures that two strong, leading comedy brands can expand and collaborate on smart, culturally relevant comedy across television, digital and social platforms. Funny or Die Television, a branded night of short form programming, launched on IFC last fall.
Caserta spearheaded the evolution of IFC, and lead a successful rebrand effort in 2010 that transformed IFC from a niche indie film channel to a fully advertiser-supported destination for sharp, smart comedy, and exclusive broadcast home to the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Through her 14-year tenure with IFC, she has earned an industry-wide reputation for developing multi-platform marketing initiatives and innovative partnerships, and more recently as president, for being the dynamic force behind its programming and overall brand identity. Today, defined by its “Always On. Slightly Off” sensibility and its growing slate of edgy, original programming, IFC continues to build audience share, critical acclaim and pop culture relevance.
Prior to becoming IFC president in May 2012, Caserta served as IFC’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. She segued into management at IFC after a progression of marketing roles, most recently Executive Vice President of Marketing, Communications, Scheduling and Alternative Programming. Caserta also served as Executive Producer on the 2009 docu-series Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut), which earned IFC and the legendary comedy troupe an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Nonfiction Series, a Python first. Before joining IFC, Caserta was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fuse, helping to increase ratings and web traffic for the music network and launching the live studio series The Sauce.
Earlier in her career, Caserta served as Vice President of Advertising Sales Marketing for Court TV, successfully redefining its trade brand. She has also held marketing positions at Oxygen Media, Food Network, Westwood One and the Radio Advertising Bureau.
Among her many industry accolades, Variety has included Caserta in its “Power of Women: New York Impact” list, Adweek named her a “Person of the Moment,” Fast Company recognized her as a “Who’s Next” leader, and Multichannel News and WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications) acknowledged her superpowers as a “Wonder Woman.” She is also a recipient of the NCTA Vanguard Award for Young Leadership and MOVES magazine named her a Power Woman in 2016. Caserta sits on the Executive Board for the New York Television Festival and the CTAM Education Foundation at Harvard Business School while also serving on the CTAM Board of Directors and on the Investments and Benefits Committee for AMC Networks. An active supporter of Autism awareness, Caserta was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for Autism Speaks and is a member of the Event Committee for the annual Autism Speaks Celebrity Chef Gala.
Jennifer Caserta earned her degree in media studies from Hunter College, which subsequently inducted her into its Hall of Fame. She is an alumna of the CTAM executive management program at Harvard Business School, is an active participant in the Women in Cable Television’s Mentor Program, and has a long-time association with the creative and design marketing organization PromaxBDA.