As President of Entertainment and AMC Studios, McDermott Expands Role to Include Oversight of Business Affairs, Acquisitions and Scheduling, and Consumer PR
NEW YORK, NY, October 28, 2021– AMC Networks today announced that Dan McDermott is taking on additional responsibilities that expand his leadership role with the company, as its president of entertainment and AMC Studios. In addition to continuing to oversee original programming, production and its AMC Studios operation, McDermott will now also directly manage the company’s business affairs, acquisitions and scheduling and consumer PR functions, which includes talent relations and awards.
“As president of entertainment and AMC Studios, Dan is expanding his role and building from the excellent work he has already done overseeing the development and production of our original programming,” said Matt Blank, interim chief executive officer of AMC Networks. “Dan is a rare talent who has already made a significant contribution here after decades of meaningful work and notable success in this industry. His new responsibilities allow him to have an even greater impact on our continued success engaging fans and driving popular culture through our linear networks and array of fast-growing targeted streaming services, including AMC+.”
“I am thankful for this expanded role and could not be more energized by the opportunity we have to build on the success, distinction and fan relationships that have defined this company on linear television for many years, and to create in AMC+ an elite streaming destination for premium marquee content made for adults,” McDermott said. “2022 will be the biggest year for original programming in our history, and the ability to reach fans on expanding array of platforms, including a one-of-its-kind service like AMC+, is very exciting.”
In his expanded role, McDermott will directly manage a number of senior executives and their teams including Rafael Gomez, head of business affairs; David Epstein, executive vice president of content and inventory strategy; and Marnie Black, executive vice president of public relations.
McDermott has a long history of demonstrated success in television, He joined AMC Networks in early 2020, after having most recently run the Lionsgate and BBC Studios scripted television partnership. He previously worked at Fox and was DreamWorks’ first president of television, overseeing shows like Spin City and Freaks and Geeks. He has also been a producer, writer and partner in Di Bonaventura Pictures Television.
About AMC Networks
AMC Networks is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically acclaimed content. Its portfolio of brands includes AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, IFC Films, and a number of fast-growing streaming services, including the AMC+ premium streaming bundle, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK. AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind award-winning owned series and franchises, including The Walking Dead, the highest-rated series in cable history. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and 25/7 Media, its production services business.