Gail Gendler Promoted to Vice President, Acquisitions
Patrick Connolly Promoted to Vice President, Programming and Scheduling
New York, NY, 3 March 2014 – AMC/Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX), has promoted two executives, Gail Gendler and Patrick Connolly. Harold Gronenthal, Executive Vice President of Programming & Operations, announced today that Gendler has been promoted to Vice President of Acquisitions, and Connolly has been elevated to Vice President of Programming and Scheduling. They will continue to report to Gronenthal.
Gronenthal commented, “Gail and Patrick have been integral to the expansion of our global business. Their collaborative and strategic planning across all areas of programming as well as their knowledge of international TV has resulted in increased demand for AMC/Sundance Channel Global networks.”
Gendler joined AMC Networks (formally Rainbow Media) in 2000 and oversees all acquisitions for AMC/Sundance Channel Global. In her role, she spearheads multiplatform content deals and executes the acquisition strategy for Sundance Channel Global and WE tv Asia. Gendler started at the company as Director of Rights & Clearances. She began her career at NBC at Later… with Bob Costas and as part of NBC’s Olympic Unit. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism at Syracuse University and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) and Women in Cable Television (WICT).
Connolly oversees scheduling, promotion planning and on-air creative for all linear and VOD programming for Sundance Channel Global and WE tv Asia. Prior to this role, he was a scheduling and programming consultant with Showtime. Connolly began his career in programming at Fox, where he held various roles including vice president of children’s programming. He also served as a programming consultant for the Sundance Film Festival, Outfest and the International Documentary Association. He is currently a board member of BAFTA New York and sits on BAFTA NY’s Television Committee, Screening Committee and is Co-Chair of BAFTA NY’s Digital/Social Media/Gaming Committee. He is also a member of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Connolly has a degree in English literature from UCLA.
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About AMC/Sundance Channel Global
AMC/Sundance Channel Global delivers compelling and globally renowned entertainment to audiences worldwide in multiple languages through locally tailored programming services, cutting edge media and subscription television platforms. The international arm of AMC Networks Inc., the division’s flagship channels include Sundance Channel and WE tv and are broadcast in both high and standard definition. Sundance Channel was founded by Robert Redford and showcases acclaimed independent films, from the newest festival award winners to the genre’s most beloved movies. Central to Sundance Channel’s appeal is its broadcast of original series from leading talent both in the US and abroad, including celebrated series Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Hell on Wheels. Recently launched in Asia, WE tv is a leading entertainment brand in the US and caters to audiences who can’t get enough of celebrity driven reality and other widely appealing lifestyle programming.
About AMC Networks Inc.
Dedicated to producing quality programming and movie content for more than 30 years, AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television. AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films produce and deliver distinctive, compelling and culturally relevant content that engages audiences across multiple platforms. The company also operates international programming businesses consisting of AMC/Sundance Channel Global and Chellomedia, as well as AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology, a full-service network programming origination and distribution company. For more information, please visit www.www.amcnetworks.com.
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