Title: COO, AMC Networks
Number of Years in Cable: 22
Education: BA, SUNY New Paltz
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Title: President/GM, AMC
Years in Cable: 18 years
Education: BA, Bucknell; MBA, Columbia
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Begin as you intend to proceed.
Why Them? Three words: “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s original programming is hot, and under Collier and Carroll’s innovative watch it doesn’t seem anywhere close to cooling down. Airing more originals than ever before, the network is enjoying a huge hit with this newcomer—the first fruit of its new AMC Studios—and will ramp up to five original scripted series when “Hell on Wheels” joins the existing slate including “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” Carroll—who stepped up to the COO spot in August—is driving the AMC Networks’ brands both individually and collectively, with new identities and taglines like IFC’s tongue-in-cheek “Always On, Slightly Off,” and continuing to steer the networks’ strategy of investing in quality programming, including unscripted series for AMC.
On the Web: AMC is creating original scripted Web series, the first of which will be “The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks” staring Adam Goldberg and Jeffrey Tambor.
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year has been: “The Walking Dead”
The one thing I tell my kids about success: Show up, be prepared and always wear a dark suit.
Worst thing I’ve ever heard someone say in a meeting: “We will never finish today.”
Bands I would actually go see live: U2, Pretenders, Radiohead
Favorite sports team: Yankees
Favorite restaurant: Los Pollos Hermanos
The one thing I tell my kids about success in life: Remain curious.
Favorite Sports Team: Sadly, all the New York teams that won in 1969/70, and not much since.
This incident from my youth taught me an important lesson: If someone makes you sit at the piano, use the time well and learn how to play properly. Lessons: Respect time and be present. ?