Ed Carroll, Chief Operating Officer, AMC Networks Inc.
A 26-year veteran of the company, Ed Carroll oversees all operations for AMC Networks’ highly successful brands — AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv — as well as advertising sales and the company’s international operations, AMC/Sundance Channel Global.
A champion of using original programming to define a brand, Mr. Carroll has been instrumental in helping to develop and bring to air many of today’s most acclaimed, watched and talked about original, including AMC’s Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, WE tv’s Bridezillas and Braxton Family Values, IFC’s Portlandia and, Sundance Channel’s Rectify.
Under Carroll’s leadership, AMC has been transformed into one of the most successful networks on television. In 2012 AMC’s The Walking Dead became the highest rated drama in basic cable history, and the #1 show on television among the key 18-49 demo. Mr. Carroll has helped make IFC the “Always On. Slightly Off.” home for original comedies and leading comedic talent, including the breakthrough hit Portlandia — winner of Emmy, Peabody and Writer’s Guild Awards, and upcoming projects from Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller.
On Sundance Channel, which the company acquired in 2008, Carroll has successfully introduced scripted and unscripted original programming. The channel’s foray into scripted originals with Rectify, Top of the Lake and the Golden Globe-winning Carlos, have attracted critical and popular acclaim, as have unscripted series including Push Girls and Iconoclasts. He has also helped make WE tv a top women’s network with popular originals including Braxton Family Values, Mary Mary and Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?
Globally, Mr. Carroll has spearheaded the reach of AMC Networks’ global brands into more than twenty countries across North America, Europe and Asia.
Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2009, Carroll was AMC Networks’ President of Entertainment Services. He also served seven years as general manager of IFC and Bravo, during which he transformed Bravo from a small pay channel into a commercial network available to more than 68 million subscribers, launching hits like Inside the Actors Studio and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Bravo was sold to NBC in 2002.
Carroll is the recipient of numerous industry honors, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s (NCTA) Programming Vanguard Award, NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Young Leadership and a PromaxBDA Brand Builders Award. He is a member of the Cable Advertising Bureau (CAB) and the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM).
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