Patrick Connolly, senior vice president, programming for AMC / SundanceTV Global, is responsible for acquisitions, planning, global strategy and scheduling of linear and VOD programming, as well as promotion planning and on-air creative for AMC Global and Sundance TV Global. In addition, he serves as executive producer of all film festival coverage for SundanceTV Global.
In his new role, Connolly will oversee research directives to provide improved global context for AMC programming initiatives. He will help lead the global AMCNI teams in working with other AMC business units to exploit synergies, and leverage opportunities with acquisitions and co-productions across all platforms. He will also work with other business units to help explore and incorporate innovations, technologies and new platforms to provide additional value to partners and increase ratings and revenue streams.
Connolly joined AMC Networks in 2011. Prior to SundanceTV Global, Connolly was a scheduling and programming consultant with Showtime and previously Sundance Channel in the United States. In these roles he helped with planning strategy, program scheduling, and ratings analysis for new series.
Connolly began his career in programming at Fox, where he held various roles at Fox Kids / Fox Family / Fox Children’s Network including director of planning and scheduling and executive director of programming and development, rising through the ranks and ultimately joining Fox Broadcasting where he served as vice president of children’s programming. In that role he oversaw all aspects of children’s programming at the network, including acquisitions, scheduling, marketing and on-air.
He also worked as a documentary programming consultant at Sundance Film Festival and as a panels programmer at Outfest and BAFTA NY.
Active in various industry organizations, Connolly served as a Board Member of BAFTA New York and is Co-Chair of BAFTA NY’s Digital/Social Media. He is also a member of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NATPE and PROMAX.
Mr. Connolly has a degree in English literature from UCLA.