New York, NY – 13 August 2019 – AMC Networks International (AMCNI) announced today it has named Patrick Connolly Senior Vice President of Programming and Marketing.
Connolly, a veteran of AMC Networks International, will take on this expanded new role which will include overseeing marketing activities for the AMC and SundanceTV global brands alongside AMCNI’s leading regional brands and channels in more than 130 countries. In addition, Connolly will continue to lead on-air creative and programming activities for AMC Global and SundanceTV Global. Connolly will also continue to serve as executive producer of all film festival coverage for SundanceTV Global. He will continue to be based in New York and report to Harold Gronenthal, Executive Vice President, Programming and Marketing, AMCNI.
Connolly was named Senior Vice President of Programming, AMC / SundanceTV Global in 2018. In this role, he successfully optimized synergies across the company’s domestic and international offices and leveraged opportunities with acquisitions and co-productions across AMC and SundanceTV services around the globe. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Programming and Scheduling, AMC / SundanceTV Global.
“Patrick is a skilled media strategist with key insights into the content industry across programming genres,” commented Gronenthal. “He has been instrumental in expanding the company’s efforts in offering award-winning programming to global audiences. This expanded role recognizes his innate talent for marketing and promotion as we build on AMCNI’s commitment to bringing audiences premium content.”
Connolly joined AMC Networks in 2011. Prior to his work with AMC / SundanceTV Global, he was a scheduling and programming consultant with SundanceTV in the United States and Showtime. 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 moderator at BAFTA NY.
Active in various industry organizations, Connolly serves as Co-Chair of BAFTA NY’s Digital/Social Media and previously served on the board of BAFTA New York. He is also a member of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NATPE and PROMAX. In addition, he serves as Executive Champion in the LGBTQIA+ group at AMC Networks.
Connolly has a degree in English literature from UCLA.