AMC Networks announced it is strategically realigning its commercial revenue and distribution functions under centralized leadership. The integrated team will be led by Kim Kelleher, AMC Networks’ President of Commercial Revenue and Partnerships, who will be responsible for all advertising and distribution revenue.
Josh Reader, who joined AMC Networks in 2011 and has served as President of Distribution and Development since late 2019, recently shared with the company that he is leaving to found and run a new venture in the content creation and blockchain space. He will remain with AMC Networks through early next year.
In this expanded role, Kelleher will become the company’s Chief Commercial Oﬃcer and will report to Chief Executive Oﬃcer Christina Spade. In leading the centralized team, three additional senior executives will now report to Kelleher: Roy Cho, who has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Distribution; Mike Pears, Executive Vice President of Distribution and Content Sales; and Amy Leasca, Senior Vice President of Partner Management. Barbara Kalosieh, Senior Vice President of Distribution, will report to Cho as a key leader for the distribution team.
“A cohesive, forward-looking commercial revenue team that has responsibility for all of our valuable partner relationships across advertisers, aﬃliates and new digital platforms makes strong strategic sense, and Kim is the perfect executive to lead it. She has brought her own unique talent, ingenuity and dynamic leadership to our commercial revenue group. We are thrilled to apply her abilities to an even more comprehensive role to drive the company’s top-line growth. Josh Reader is a valued colleague who has made a signiﬁcant contribution to our success and positioned us well for the future. We are grateful for his leadership and we wish him great success in his new venture,” Spade said.
“My time at AMC Networks has been the highlight of my career to date. I am forever grateful for the experiences I have had here and the friends and colleagues I have made, both within and outside the oﬃce. I am excited to build a new company that connects video creators and fans through blockchain technology, but I will certainly miss working with everyone here. I will always be a fan of AMC Networks’ content and people, and I’ll be cheering loudly from the sidelines for Chris, Kim and the entire company,” Reader declared.
“I am emboldened by the opportunity to take on additional management responsibilities that help drive our business and move into a role that encompasses the entire portfolio of our premium distribution offerings and commercial relationships. This fully integrated team will connect and leverage all of AMC Networks’ assets – our high-quality original programming, our loyal audiences and our strong subscriber services and brands – for our mutual beneﬁt and value creation,” Kelleher commented.
Kelleher joined the company in 2019 as President of Commercial Revenue and Partnerships, having most recently served as Chief Brand Oﬃcer at Condé Nast. Kelleher’s career in media, marketing, and advertising spans more than two decades. Prior to Condé Nast, she was the Chief Business Oﬃcer of GQ, GQ Style, Golf Digest, Golf World, Pitchfork, and Wired Media Group, which includes Wired and Ars Technica.
This fully integrated team will connect and leverage all of AMC Networks’ assets – our high-quality original programming, our loyal audiences and our strong subscriber services and brands – for our mutual beneﬁt and value creation” Kim Kelleher Chief Commercial Oﬃcer at AMC Networks