AMC Networks announced the appointment of Scott Shooman as Head of its Film Group, encompassing IFC Films, RLJE Films and films for the Shudder streaming service. In this role, Shooman will oversee acquisitions, theatrical film distribution, production and development across all three of these distinctive and differentiated film brands, as well as the IFC Center, reporting to Dan McDermott, President of Entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks.
“Movies are an important focal point for our company, and we are thrilled to have Scott leading our efforts across our three distinctive, successful and well-established film brands – IFC Films, RLJE Films and Shudder. He has extensive background in the industry, but also a fresh eye and a filmmaker-first approach that aligns perfectly with our strong history of elevating independent and thought-provoking storytelling,” McDermott commented.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead and work alongside one of the most passionate teams in the business in supporting and bringing truly independent and boundary pushing films to passionate fans across our IFC Films, RLJE Films and Shudder ecosystems. We will continue to leverage the synergy of our great brands and are incredibly excited about our robust slate of films which underscore the type of innovative, breakthrough stories for which we are known and continue to elevate. AMC Networks’ Film Group is uniquely positioned with this suite of divisions to broadly capitalize on our reputation for quality, curation, and commerciality across all windows in this moment of evolution for filmgoing,” Shooman said.
Previously, Shooman was Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Production for IFC Films, for which he led the acquisitions team in acquiring nearly 30 films per year for both the IFC Films and IFC Midnight slate in all stages of production, from script stage to finished films. Prior to that, he held senior executive roles at Endeavor Content, CBS Films, Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group, working across such notable films as “Insidious,” “The Woman In Black,” “We Own The Night,” “Hell Or High Water,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Hanna,” “Machete,” “The Raid,” “Seven Psychopaths,” “The Squid And The Whale,” and “Attack The Block.”