Bruce Tuchman is leaving US cable group AMC after five years running its international channels operation.
Tuchman is president of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global, and one of the best-known execs in the international channels business, having built AMC’s global channels operation and done the same for US studio MGM prior to that.
TBI understands he will remain at AMC Networks until after MIPTV in April.
Ed Carroll, AMC Networks’ COO, is expected to assume his duties, with a like-for-like replacement not anticipated.
AMC confirmed Tuchman’s departure today.
“Having been with the company since 2011, Bruce Tuchman, president of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global, will be leaving AMC Networks this April,” AMC said.
It added: “He has been instrumental in developing Sundance Channel into a global brand and successfully transitioning the MGM Channel into AMC Global, positioning the business for future growth. We wish him well in his new endeavours.”
The departing executive told AMC colleagues about his exit from the US-listed business in a memo. He said he will take a “brief but welcome pause in criss-crossing the world so relentlessly” post-AMC. “This will allow me to focus on moving towards some exciting, yet different endeavours and priorities,” he added.
Tuchman’s key successes at AMC include getting Sundance channel’s footprint to 70 international markets. He also oversaw the integration of the MGM channels into the fold, and their rebadging as AMC, bringing the US brand to the international market.
That was made possible after AMC bought the MGM channels as part of a wider US$1 billion deal for Chellomedia.
More recently Tuchman has been at the forefront of a charge to secure key scripted series, such as Fear the Walking Dead and Into the Badlands, for the international AMC channel.
This comes after several changes were announced at the AMC Networks International – Central Europe channels group last week.