Barbara Kalosieh Joins as Senior Vice President of Distribution
NEW YORK, NY, May 12, 2020 – AMC Networks today announced the addition of two senior leaders to its Distribution group. Jon Sichel has joined the company as executive vice president of distribution sales and strategy, and Barbara Kalosieh has joined as senior vice president of distribution. Sichel will report to Joshua Reader, president of distribution and development, and Kalosieh will report to Sichel.
In his role, Sichel will lead the AMC Networks distribution team in the strategy, negotiation and management of the company’s relationships with key distribution partners including cable and telco companies and virtual MVPDs. He joins AMC Networks from Discovery, where he was general manager of content acquisitions and operations for the company’s lifestyle and entertainment brands. In that role, he managed the strategy, negotiation, and overall business and legal affairs of global content acquisition, commissioning, on-screen talent and advertising and other content partnerships for the linear and digital lifestyle platforms. Prior to his role at Discovery, he had a long and successful tenure at Scripps Networks Interactive and the Travel Channel, where his positions included managing director for Scripps in Europe, Middle East and Africa, responsible for the growth of the company’s brands across these regions and general manager of the Travel Channel. He also was an integral member of the transition teams from Travel Channel to Scripps and Scripps to Discovery.
Kalosieh will be a key member of Sichel’s team and will oversee all aspects of AMC Networks relationships with affiliate partners. She most recently held senior roles at GoNoodle, Inc. and Discovery Education, but spent the majority of her career in several senior management positions at Scripps Networks Interactive. In her last role at Scripps, she served as senior vice president of content distribution and oversaw network distribution partnerships with content platform providers for Scripps Networks’ lifestyle media brands – HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country. She served on the company’s diversity council, supported certain of the company’s business development activities and was a senior member of the distribution leadership team that was instrumental in delivering significant growth over the past decade, which was pivotal in positioning the company for its eventual sale to Discovery Communications.
“I’m thrilled to welcome these two leaders to our company and to our Distribution team,” Reader said. “They both bring a wealth of experience and an ability to think creatively and with an emphasis on the new opportunities that exist and continue to evolve for a world class creator of original content. At a time when it is more important than ever to employ a facile and broad-minded approach to our core distribution relationships, Jon and Barbara each bring their own unique, comprehensive and growth-oriented skills and clear records of success to this key area of our business.”
About AMC Networks
Known for its groundbreaking and celebrated original content, AMC Networks is the company behind the award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films. Its diverse line-up of popular and critically-acclaimed series and independent films include Killing Eve, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead, which has been the #1 show on cable television for nine consecutive years, as well as Documentary Now!, Brockmire, Love After Lockup, and the films Boyhood, Death of Stalin, and many more. Its original series Mad Men and Breaking Bad are widely recognized as being among the most influential and acclaimed shows in the history of TV. The Company also operates AMC Studios, its production business; AMC Networks International, its international programming business; the subscription streaming services Shudder, Sundance Now, Acorn TV and UMC (Urban Movie Channel); and Levity Entertainment Group, the Company’s production services and comedy venues business. For more information, visit http://www.amcnetworks.com.