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AMC Networks names Kristin Dolan its new CEO

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AMC Networks on Wedneday named Kristin Dolan its new chief executive.

Dolan is a longtime AMC Networks
board member and will take over the role Feb. 27, the company said in a statement. She is a media-industry veteran of more than 30 years, who last served as CEO of 605, an audience analytics company she founded in 2016.

“I look forward to bringing my broad experience — across programming, cable operations, and most recently, utilizing data to reimagine television advertising — to leverage AMC Networks’ strong assets,” Dolan said in a statement.

She is also married to AMC’s interim executive chairman James Dolan, though the two are separated.

 “Kristin is a proven executive and operational leader with a track record driving organizational change, a history managing subscription-based businesses, and a deep understanding of audience engagement and advertising,” James Dolan said in a statement. “These are areas of critical importance as we transform our company and monetize our high-quality content.”

AMC’s previous CEO, Christina Spade, resigned in November after less than three months on the job. In December, the company said it expected to incur $350 million to $475 million in restructuring charges, including layoffs of about 20% of its staff. James Dolan was named interim executive chairman on Dec. 5, with the expectation he would step back once a new CEO is in place.

AMC Networks owns cable networks such as AMC, IFC, BBC America and Sundance TV, and streaming services such as AMC+ and Acorn TV.

The company’s stock is up nearly 30% year to date, but is still down 47% over the past 12 months, compared to the S&P 500’s
8% rise this year and 7% decline over the past year.

Credit: marketwatch.com

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