NEW YORK, NY – September 30, 2015 – AMC and SundanceTV today announced key promotions and hires to the networks’ programming teams. Susie Fitzgerald, who most recently was senior vice president of scripted development and current programming for AMC, has been elevated to executive vice president of scripted programming for both AMC and SundanceTV. She remains based in Los Angeles.
Christian Vesper, who most recently was senior vice president of scripted development and current programming for SundanceTV, has been named senior vice president of international programming, development, acquisitions and co-productions for the network and remains based in New York.
Kristin Jones, who was brought on in 2014 by AMC as a consultant focused on international scripted projects, has officially joined the network as senior vice president of international programming, development, acquisitions and co-productions. She is now based at AMC’s New York offices. In addition, Kristi Felton has joined AMC as vice president of scripted programming and is based in Los Angeles.
Fitzgerald, Vesper and Jones all report into Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, while Felton reports into Fitzgerald.
“As we look to build on the success of both AMC and SundanceTV, we’re so happy to recognize these creative individuals who contribute so much to each network,” said Stillerman. “Susie has helped lead AMC to record-breaking heights with shows like ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Better Call Saul.’ We’re excited to have her extend that expertise to the work being done at SundanceTV, which Christian has played a significant role in shaping for over a dozen years. With Christian overseeing all international projects for SundanceTV, we’ll continue our strong momentum in bringing the best of the world’s dramas to the U.S. and attracting premier partnerships as we’ve done with ‘The Honorable Woman’ and ‘Top of the Lake,’ among many others. At AMC, Kristin has already made a significant impact on our programming line-up, from the successful launch and renewal of ‘Humans’ to next year’s highly anticipated mini-series ‘The Night Manager.’ There’s a lot to look forward to at both AMC and SundanceTV, and we’re thrilled to have these proven and talented programming executives on our teams.”
About Susie Fitzgerald
Most recently, Susie Fitzgerald had been senior vice president of scripted programming for AMC since 2009. Prior to that, Fitzgerald was president of television at Josephson Entertainment. Previously, she held positions at Darren Star Productions, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, Brad Grey Television and HBO, contributing to her broad range of experience in television production. Fitzgerald holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Smith College.
About Christian Vesper
As a 14-year veteran of SundanceTV, Christian Vesper has played key roles in the development of the network’s original programming, including the Peabody Award-winning “Rectify” and forthcoming “Hap and Leonard.” Before that, Vesper served as a director of programming at HBO and early in his career as director of business and legal affairs at October Films. Vesper is a graduate of University of California Berkeley and University of Michigan Law School.
About Kristin Jones
Before coming to AMC as a consultant in 2014, Kristin Jones had served as chief creative officer for multi-platform digital studio Vuguru. Before that, she served as senior vice president of international development, production and acquisitions for Miramax Films in New York, and prior to that, she was vice president of production and European acquisitions for Buena Vista International, based in London. She began her career as a film literary agent at ICM.
About Kristi Felton
Prior to joining AMC, Felton held a series of roles at Audience Network on DIRECTV, most recently serving as senior manager of original content, co-productions & acquisitions. Before that, she held positions at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Creative Artists Agency. Felton received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Oregon.
Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row with “Mad Men,” and six of the last eight with back-to-back honoree “Breaking Bad.” The network boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last three years with “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s current original drama series include “The Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul,” “Hell on Wheels,” “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “Humans,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” and the forthcoming “Into the Badlands,” “The Night Manager,” “Broke” and “Preacher.” AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead,” “The Making of The Mob,” “Comic Book Men” and the upcoming “The West.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.
Since its launch in 1996, SundanceTV has remained true to founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity and distinctive storytelling through unique voices and narratives found in the best independent films. From delivering critically acclaimed Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winning television featuring some of the world’s most talented creators and performers, to showcasing some of the most compelling and iconic films across genres and generations, SundanceTV is a smart and thought-provoking entertainment destination. SundanceTV is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.; its sister networks include AMC, IFC, BBC America and WEtv. SundanceTV is available across all platforms, including on-air, online at www.sundance.tv, on demand and mobile.
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