AMC programming head Joel Stillerman to oversee SundanceTV lineup too

AMC programming head Joel Stillerman to oversee SundanceTV lineup too
Joel Stillerman, AMC's head of programming and development, will add SundanceTV to his oversight. (AMC Networks)

Like true sister networks, AMC and SundanceTV are doing some sharing.

It was announced Tuesday that Joel Stillerman, longtime head of original programming and development at AMC, will now add SundanceTV to his oversight.

Stillerman ascended from midlevel jobs in cable TV and independent film to become one of the most important creative figures at one of cable's leading homes for prestige dramas.

He joined AMC in 2008, inheriting some of the network's successes ("Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad") and helped them become cultural touchstones. And he helped develop news ones like "The Walking Dead," “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” and the upcoming “Fear the Walking Dead” and “Into the Badlands.”

He will now oversee programming for both AMC and SundanceTV, both of which are under the AMC Networks umbrella. SundanceTV has made a name for itself with critically celebrated shows like "Rectify" and "Top of the Lake," and the new appointments demonstrate AMC Networks push to bring more viewers to the more obscure SundanceTV, which is available in 57 million homes compared with AMC's 95 million.

Also announced Tuesday was the appointment of AMC Networks veteran Jan Diedrichsen to the newly created position of executive director of Sundance TV. Diedrichsen most recently served as senior vice president of affiliate marketing.

The appointments follows the recent announcement that AMC President and General Manager Charlie Collier would add SundanceTV to his supervision.

Collier said the new management structure for AMC and SundanceTV "acknowledges the outstanding contributions of a dynamic and proven leadership team and positions both networks for continued success."

He continued: "Joel has had a meaningful impact on the growth and evolution of AMC, and SundanceTV will benefit from his programming expertise and leadership. Jan is a seasoned and talented executive and his role will be critical to the ongoing growth and development of SundanceTV as a network, a brand and a business."

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