Kim Kelleher

Kelleher has an extensive background in brand and advertising. Prior to joining AMC in 2019, she served as chief brand officer at Conde Nast. Now, she’s parlaying her skills to augment AMC’s commercial revenue and partnerships across current and emerging distribution platforms with moves such as the establishment of the Content Room, AMC’s full-service branded studio. Formerly the first female executive to lead Sports Illustrated ad sales, Kelleher is passionate about elevating women and diverse members of the work force. She’s helping the company expand its talent pipeline “across many dimensions, especially when it comes to promoting opportunities for diverse talent early in their careers,” she says.

What’s one way your company has broadened the recruiting process to ensure greater diversity?
At AMC Networks we are focused on expanding our talent pipeline across many dimensions, especially when it comes to promoting opportunities for diverse talent early in their careers. We work with programs like the Boyd Initiative, who are doing fantastic work to train Black college students and recent graduates in digital advertising and connecting them to organizations like AMC Networks. We also strategically source talent from HBCUs and HSIs for our corporate internship program.

How would you rate the industry regarding gender bias in shows/characters?
The industry still has a way to go, but I would give it a 7 out of 10 for taking it seriously and treating this issue as an on-going priority. At AMC Networks, our leadership, our studio, our development teams, our writers’ rooms, and everyone else involved take representation, including gender bias, very seriously. We’re working with organizations like SeeHer to promote equal and realistic portrayals of women in media. We’re also focused on expanding the work we’re doing on gender bias to shed a light on gender inclusion beyond the traditional gender dichotomy.

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