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Key AMC Networks exec Ed Carroll to leave after 34 years with group

Ed Carroll, the longtime chief operating officer (COO) at AMC Networks, is stepping down at the end of the year after 34 years with the New York-headquartered entertainment group.

Ed Carroll

Carroll has held the role since 2009 and played a key part in leading AMC’s transformation into a significant original-programming brand with shows such as AMC’s Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead, in addition to BBC America’s Killing Eve.

He was also a central figure in the creation of AMC Studios, spearheaded the expansion of AMC Networks in Europe, Latin America and the UK and oversaw the international channels business.

In recent years he was tasked with overseeing the company’s various streaming services and brands, such as Acorn TV, Sundance Now, Shudder and ALLBLK, in addition to heading the launch of streaming bundle AMC+.

News of Carroll’s impending departure comes a month after AMC Networks revealed that president and CEO Josh Sapan was stepping down after 26 years and moving to the role of executive vice chairman. Former Showtime boss Matthew Blank has taken the CEO post on an interim basis while the company searches for a replacement for Sapan.

“For decades, Ed has been the heart and soul of AMC Networks,” said Sapan in a statement announcing Carroll’s departure.

“He has been at the centre of the shows and movies that brought success to the company, and at the centre of what has made AMC Networks a great place to work. In a business where credit for achievement can be actively sought, Ed looked for none, choosing to make all around him look good. His kind is rare.”

Blank added: “His long history building AMC Networks’ strong brands and powerful original content slate is now paving the way for the company’s ongoing pivot to being the worldwide leader in targeted streaming.”

Earlier in his career, Carroll was the general manager at Bravo (then known as Rainbow Media) and helped to launch series including Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Inside the Actors Studio.

“It has been a great ride and extremely satisfying to work with an extraordinary team to create TV shows with impact and, most recently, to successfully bring to market a new streaming platform with AMC+,” said Carroll.

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