AMC Promotes Sarah Barnett After Losing an Executive to Fox
Posted November 5, 2018 5:20 p.m. EST
Sarah Barnett, head of BBC America, will take on an expanded role at AMC Networks that puts her in charge of several cable channels, including AMC, SundanceTV and IFC, the company said Monday.
The move was announced a week and a half after Charlie Collier, a former leader of the company, left to take a new position as the chief executive of Fox’s entertainment offerings.
Barnett, 53, helped usher in buzzy shows like “Orphan Black” and “Killing Eve” at BBC America, which is part of AMC Networks.
She will be stepping into an expanded role at a crucial time for the company’s flagship network, which exploded in popularity a decade ago, thanks to “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” and is home to “The Walking Dead.” But the zombie thriller’s ratings have nose-dived over the past year, raising the pressure on company executives to find the next hit.
Before taking charge of BBC America, Barnett was general manager of SundanceTV, where she helped bring to the screen series like “Top of the Lake” and “The Honourable Woman.”
Her promotion is part of a broader restructuring. David Madden, who runs programming at AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, will add to his portfolio, taking on programming decisions at IFC and BBC America. Amid the changes, the company is expected to lay off 40 employees, according to a person briefed on the matter.