Fox has appointed AMC president and GM Charlie Collier as the company’s CEO of entertainment. He will begin to transition into the role on Nov. 1.
Collier (pictured) will oversee the Fox Broadcasting Network and lead the company’s entertainment programming strategy across live, scripted and non-scripted content at the so-called “New Fox,” which is made up of assets not included in the merger between 21st Century Fox and the Walt Disney Company.
Before joining AMC, where he oversaw scripted series including Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, Collier held senior roles at Oxygen, A+E Networks and TeleRep.
Collier steps in as longtime Fox Television Group co-chairs and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman prepare to step down at the close of the Disney transaction.
Walden will be moving on to a new role as chairman at Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment.
Other leadership shakeups include Fox Networks Group CEO Peter Rice’s move to a role as chairman at Walt Disney Television and as co-chair at Disney Media Networks, which includes National Geographic.
“Charlie is a singular talent, combining creative success with operational expertise to lead the AMC Network with some of television’s most memorable programming,” said Fox chairman and CEO Lachlan Murdoch, in a statement. “Charlie’s skills and experience will help Fox continue to transform the broadcast television business.”
“I can’t imagine a more exciting next step than this new role at Fox, which combines the power and reach of a broadcast division, some of the best live assets on the planet from which to build entertainment audiences and fan engagement, and a proven leadership team with a ‘make new rules’ start-up mentality,” Collier added.