AMC’s Charlie Collier set to become entertainment CEO of Fox Network

Irving Hamilton
October 22, 2018

Candidates to replace Collier at AMC have not been made public.

Newman has worked at Fox for decades, helping to build the studio into the industry leader it is today.

21st Century Fox has tapped AMC Networks executive Charlie Collier to become chief executive of entertainment for the new "Fox" entity that will be formed when the company completes its pending sale of assets to Walt Disney Co.

Insiders say Charlie Collier's hiring, effective November 1, is a major move in preparation for FBN going independent following the pending $71 billion merger of its movie counterpart, 21st Century Fox, with the Walt Disney Co.

At Fox, he will be tasked with leading the broadcasting network's future programming strategy at a time when it has shown consistently strong performances in sports, news and entertainment programming. But the appointment of Mr. Collier strongly suggests that it is not giving up the scripted television business.Fox has found some momentum from its Friday night lineup, particularly with the revived "Last Man Standing", starring Tim Allen, and a new series, "The Cool Kids".

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Shortly after setting up shop at AMC, Collier jumped at the chance to develop Vince Gilligan's "Breaking Bad" script, and that success was followed in short order by the record-smashing hit "The Walking Dead". Under his leadership the network was transformed with cultural and critical hits including the Emmy Award-winning 'Mad Men, ' and 'Breaking Bad, ' and 'The Walking Dead, ' the highest-rated basic cable program in the history of television, and many more original and scripted programming hits. Collier is recognized as a veteran cable network executive also having held senior roles at Oxygen, A&E Networks and TeleRep. They will stay during the transition.

Newman will depart Fox.

Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen and CEOs of the Fox Television Group, will stay in their current roles until the close of the transaction.

He has been general manager of AMC since 2006, becoming president two years later and adding SundanceTV to his remit in 2015. "Charlie is a longtime friend and colleague and he will be inheriting a team of passionate and incredibly talented executives. This accelerated transition allows me to pursue new opportunities on my own timeline with the comfort I am leaving the network in capable hands". She will report to the longtime Fox executive Peter Rice, who will be in charge of most of Disney's television properties.Cable channels like FX and National Geographic, along with Fox's television and movie studios, are heading to Disney.

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