Hear: AMC Networks’ Sarah Barnett on Discovering TV’s ‘Holy Grail’


Sarah Barnett’s new job at AMC Networks has her overseeing 4 cable channels and two streaming platforms. She’s spent the previous few months since her promotion to president of leisure networks adjusting operations, assembling the appropriate workforce and diving deeper into AMC’s funding in viewers analysis and analytic instruments.

However none of that work issues except AMC delivers on probably the most tangible and intangible property that drive a content material firm: A success tv present. AMC Networks has a sizzling property at current in “Killing Eve,” the twisty serial murderer drama that caught fireplace final yr and has turn into a “calling card” for the AMC household of channels.

“The influence the present has not simply on the (advert) pricing that our gross sales groups are in a position to get, however the way in which it opens doorways to speak about different issues throughout the portfolio of our networks is absolutely fairly one thing,” Barnett says within the newest version of “Strictly Enterprise,” Selection‘s weekly podcast that includes conversations with trade leaders concerning the enterprise of leisure.

“On probably the most mega-business degree, the stamp that this present has had continues to mark AMC Networks as an organization that punches above its weight,” Barnett mentioned. “There’s no substitute for one thing that turns into a real cultural dialog level. That’s the holy grail.”

The manager who oversees AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV and IFC particulars the the reason why Season 2 of the sequence is airing concurrently on BBC America and AMC.

“The brand new construction places 4 networks collectively and offers us the power to essentially perceive how and the place our audiences between the 4 manufacturers overlap, and the way and the place they’re completely different,” she mentioned. “We expect there’s plenty of alternative to circulation reveals round (amongst) our platforms, knowledgeable by some actually fairly forensic understanding (of viewing developments),” Barnett says. “And a few experimentation.”

“Strictly Enterprise” is Selection’s weekly podcast that includes conversations with trade leaders concerning the enterprise of leisure. A brand new episode debuts every Tuesday and will be downloaded on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.

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