Dan McDermott continues to rise through the ranks at AMC.
The president original programming and co-president of AMC Studios has been promoted to president of entertainment and AMC Studios. The title, a first for AMC, reflects McDermott’s added responsibilities after the departures of both AMC Networks entertainment group president Sarah Barnett and COO Ed Carroll.
Barnett previously ran all four linear networks (AMC, BBC America, Sundance TV and IFC), while McDermott oversees original programming, production and AMC Studios content for the networks and the company’s streaming platform, AMC+. He also takes on management of AMC’s business affairs, acquisitions, scheduling and consumer PR functions including talent relations and awards. The latter duties were previously overseen by Carroll, who departed in September after a 34-year run.
Barnett, Carroll and AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan have all departed over the past year and a half as sale rumors continue to swirl around the group of basic cable networks that’s home to The Walking Dead franchise. Former Showtime chief Matt Blank took over for Sapan on an interim role in August.