Ed Carroll oversees all operations for AMC Networks’ collection of celebrated and award-winning premium brands including targeted streaming services AMC+, Acorn TV, Shudder, ALLBLK, and Sundance Now; cable television networks AMC, BBC America (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv; independent film production and distribution label IFC Films; television production and distribution division AMC Studios; and AMC Networks international, the company’s international programming business.
A champion of using original programming to define a brand, Carroll has been instrumental in helping to develop and bring to air AMC Networks’ most acclaimed and popular original series, including dramas Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, Killing Eve, Orphan Black, and Rectify; mini-series The Honorable Woman, The Night Manager, Top of the Lake, and Carlos; mold-breaking comedies Portlandia, Documentary Now! and Brockmire; landmark nature series Planet Earth II and Seven Worlds, One Planet; and leading unscripted franchises Love After Lockup and Growing Up Hip Hop.
Under his direction, AMC became the first basic cable channel to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for Mad Men, as well as the only cable network to win the award for four consecutive years, having been nominated 10 years in a row. In 2012 AMC’s “The Walking Dead” also became the highest rated drama in basic cable history and remains the #1 show on television among the key 18-49 demo.
Carroll helped lead the creation of AMC Studios, enabling the company to produce and distribute owned, world-class original content, including The Walking Dead franchise and its expanding Anne Rice universe, with the upcoming Interview with the Vampire series slated for a 2022 premiere.
Under his leadership, the company recently launched its AMC+ premium streaming bundle, and AMC Networks has become the worldwide leader in targeted streaming, driven by its Acorn TV, Shudder, ALLBLK and Sundance Now streaming services.
Globally, Carroll spearheaded AMC Networks’ expansion overseas across Europe, the UK and Latin America, and oversees the company’s international channels operations.
Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2009, Carroll was the company’s President of Entertainment Services. He previously served as general manager off Bravo (when the company was known as Rainbow Media), during which time he transformed Bravo from a small pay TV channel into a commercial network available to more than 68 million subscribers, and helped launch hits like “Inside the Actors Studio” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” The company sold Bravo to NBC in 2002.
Carroll is the recipient of numerous industry honors, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s (NCTA) Programming Vanguard Award and a PromaxBDA Brand Builders Award.