KRISTIN JONES TO LEAD AMC NETWORKS' INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING

The strategy to centralize international programming groups across linear and streaming is intended to help produce content such as “A Discovery Of Witches” & “Humans.” Jones will be responsible for finding and developing series worldwide.

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AMC Networks is restructuring its international programming group, with Kristin Jones promoted to a new role with a new remit across its networks and streaming services AMC+, Acorn TV, and Sundance Now. Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios, said the changes were part of his company’s strategy to “increasingly orient” around AMC+ and its other streamers and would add“some real benefits and opportunities associated with having one dedicated group scouring the globe and building the relationships that will continue to deliver high-quality, distinctive, buzzy, and pop culture-driving programming.”

Jones will lead co-productions, acquisitions, and commissions across the company’s four entertainment networks, AMC, BBC America, IFC, and Sundance TV, as well as the streaming services Acorn TV, Sundance Now, and AMC+ Premium. She will also oversee a group of executives, which includes Catherine Mackin, MD of Acorn Media Enterprises, the UK-based development division that commissions, co-produces, and co-finances English-language scripted shows. Its slate includes Agatha Raisin and Keeping Faith, as well as Whitstable Pearl and The Chelsea Detective.

Jones’s team will also include Don Klees, Acorn TV’s SVP of programming; Sundance Now’s VP of programming Shannon Cooper; and Noel Manzano, VP of international programming at AMC Networks. The team has secured series such as "Humans," "The Night Manager," "McMafia," "State Of The Union,"" A Discovery Of Witches," "Top Of The Lake," and "Riviera." Her international team recently acquired "Gangs Of London" and "The Salisbury Poisonings." “These are the shows that help define our relationships with viewers, across all of our networks and streaming services, and Kristin has demonstrated her ability to lead this critically important and expanded group," McDermott said.