AMC Networks has announced the appointment of Sarah Barnett to the position of president and general manager, BBC America. AMC Networks operates BBC America as a joint venture with BBC Worldwide, after acquiring a 49.9 per cent stake in the business in October.
Currently president and general manager of AMC Networks’ SundanceTV, Barnett will begin her new role early next year. BBC America’s current general manager, Perry Simon, will enter into an exclusive production deal with BBC Worldwide North America with development commitments already in place from BBC America and AMC Networks.
Based in New York City, Barnett will lead BBC America’s day-to-day operations, including the channel’s overall creative and brand strategy, production and development, digital strategy and marketing. She began her career at the BBC in London, where she directed and produced for both BBC radio and television. She then held various roles in production and marketing, and worked for a decade at SundanceTV.
“BBC America is flourishing on so many levels and I’m thrilled to be returning at such an exciting time,” said Barnett. “I leave SundanceTV proud of the creative, dedicated team that has done a terrific job elevating and growing the network and I know many more successes lie ahead.”
Ed Carroll, chief operating officer of AMC Networks, added: “Sarah has had a remarkable tenure guiding SundanceTV through a dramatic evolution, taking the network ad-supported and establishing it as a formidable player in scripted drama. Sarah’s appetite for creative risk-taking and her strong leadership skills are well suited to this new role and we look forward to her building on BBC America’s successes, as the network continues to establish itself as a showcase for high quality shows that resonate with critics and audiences alike.”