AMC's Collier Tapped As Fox's CEO, Entertainment 10/22/2018

Lloyd Doyle
October 22, 2018

The former ad sales executive who brought you "The Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad" is leaving AMC to spearhead the revamped Fox broadcast network. As part of the deal, Newman had always been expected to negotiate a leadership role in New Fox, the name given to the assets not being bought by Disney.

With the Walt Disney Co. set to acquire the bulk of 21st Century Fox, Newman had always been expected to set a deal to remain at so-called New Fox - the company formed from the assets not being bought by Disney - in a leadership position over the broadcast network.

"I can't imagine a more exciting next step than this new role at Fox", Collier said in a statement.

Gary Newman, now chairman and CEO of the network and its sister TV production studio, will leave Fox after the Disney deal closes. 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".

The 49-year-old Collier has served as the top banana at AMC for the better part of a decade. The two have led the 20th Century Fox Television studio since 1999 and added the broadcast network to their responsibilities four years ago. "Charlie is a longtime friend and colleague and he will be inheriting a team of passionate and incredibly talented executives". Both have been given a full season order.AMC's leadership - which includes Josh Sapan as chief executive and David Madden as head of programming - will otherwise stay in place.

Collier was president and general manager of AMC Networks, overseeing the cable channel as it introduced buzzy hits like The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Breaking Bad. In fact, Collier was so determined to land a high-ranking gig on the glamour side of the TV business that he regularly pored over pilot scripts and William Goldman's "Adventures in the Screen Trade" while he was earning an MBA at Columbia University.

A successor to Collier has not been named, although AMC has plenty of in-house talent from which to choose.

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.

No timeline has been announced on when exactly Collier will take over but it will likely coincide with the closure of the Fox-Disney deal.

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