AMC Networks, New York, NY
Head of AMC Networks Publishing / Executive Director, Franchise & New IP Development

Launched & led AMC Networks Publishing, a book publishing arm that works with established & up-and-coming talent to develop, produce & sell fan-focused specialty books, comics, & original graphic novels. Produced strategic business plans, including complete finance, budgeting & P&L deliverables for full publishing line of books & comics.

  • Led strategy, creative, storytelling, production, & development for critical initiatives covering existing & new IP, series & films
  • Partnered and produced content with top external talent including Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Kirk Hammett, Robert Kirkman, Stephen King, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Bill Sienkiewicz, & more
  • Collaboratively launched & supported The Walking Dead Universe online platform, the first singular location for all creative/business components & products for AMC’s TWDU series & The Walking Dead Universe Roleplaying Game
  • Identified franchise opportunities for key series including The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad / Better Call Saul, Mad Men, Killing Eve, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Creepshow & Anne Rice’s Immortal Universe
  • Aligned, curated, & integrated content with all networks & streaming services (AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV, WE tv, Shudder, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, Sun Now, Sentai Hidive Anime, & IFC Films)
  • Worked with in-house teams & external vendors to produce content & style guides reflecting key design, editorial, brand & legal guidelines of franchises, new IP, & shows
  • The Art of AMC’s The Walking Dead Universe book was a top selling product of the official The Walking Dead Universe shop

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