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David Madden Steps Down As AMC Studios Is Folded Into AMC Entertainment Networks Group

AMC Networks continues to consolidate its operations under Sarah Barnett. The latest move is integrating AMC Studios into the company’s Entertainment Networks Group. It is triggering the departure of David Madden, who will exit as President of Programming for the Entertainment Networks Group and AMC Studios later this month.

The Entertainment Networks Group, run by group president Barnett, encompasses the company’s four scripted networks — AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV and IFC — as well as the premium, ad-free digital platform AMC Premiere. Under the new realignment, AMC Studios, which produces series exclusively for the AMC networks, is being brought under the same centralized leadership as the nets it supplies. The company is launching a search for a new programming head of the Entertainment Networks Group to oversee the slates for AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV and IFC.

Programming oversight of AMC Studios was a key piece of Madden’s portfolio when he was recruited by AMC two years ago as President of Programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios following stints as President of Entertainment of Fox Broadcasting and President of Fox TV Studios. As part of the executive consolidation last fall, following the departure of Charlie Collier, Madden added oversight of BBC America and IFC programming. He had dual reporting, to Barnett on matters related to the four entertainment networks, and to AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll on AMC Studios-related matters.

“We are already seeing the benefits of our entertainment networks working more closely together — the next logical strategic step is to

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