AMC Networks International has hired Kevin Dickie to the new role of senior VP, Channels Group, UK, the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Poland, among other changes.
Based in London, Dickie (pictured) will spearhead content and brand strategy for the region’s portfolio of 12 channels led by AMC, SundanceTV and CBS Studios International joint venture channels CBS Reality, CBS Drama, CBS Action, CBS Europa and Horror Channel.
He will be responsible for programming, scheduling, production, marketing, creative services, communications and technical operations.
Dickie has extensive industry experience, having spent 15 years in Discovery Communications’ Singapore office where he served as senior VP of content group for Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific. He launched TLC and Discovery Kids in the region and held additional marketing and communications leadership roles.
He most recently worked as senior VP of channels for the UK and EMEA for Scripps Networks Interactive. In that role, he oversaw content and brand strategy for the company’s channel portfolio in the regions, which includes Food Network, Travel Channel and Fine Living.
“We are very excited to have someone of Kevin’s caliber bring his dynamic skill set and exceptional strategic vision to AMCNI, that will undoubtedly help build on our company’s successes, and take each of our businesses to the next level across the UK, MEA and Poland,” said Mike Moriarty, president, AMC Networks International CE and UK, in a statement.
Dickie will report to Moriarty when he joins the network in late February.
In other hiring news, AMC has named company veteran Levente Málnay as SVP, channels group, central and northern Europe.
Málnay will expand his current responsibilities overseeing the company’s central Europe portfolio to include management of the company’s channel portfolio in northern Europe. He has been with AMC Networks since 2009.
Prior to working at the company, Málnay launched the first Hungarian music television station Z+ in 1997, which was acquired by VIVA in 2000. When VIVA was sold to MTV Networks in 2003, he became VP, MTV Networks emerging markets.
And former chief business development and new media officer, Tanya Gugenheim, has been upped to SVP, mergers and acquisitions and business development.
In her new position, Gugenheim will oversee all activities related to the implementation of group corporate strategy. She will be responsible for seeking out and managing ways to create long term value within their business, such as forging local or international content partnerships or working with new technology platforms to monetize AMC’s content.
She will continue to be part of the team leading negotiations for the group’s successful joint ventures with CBS Studios International in the UK and across EMEA. She has been with the company since 1999.
Málnay and Gugenheim will continue to report to Moriarty.
The combined AMCNI CE and UK portfolios, led by Málnay and Dickie, include infotainment channels Spektrum and Spektrum Home, cooking channel TV Paprika, real-life channel CBS Reality, Extreme Sports Channel which shows sports related documentaries and Outdoor Channel, said a company spokesperson.