Rowden will have full responsibility for both the linear and streaming content strategies across the UK and EMEA.
AMC Networks International has promoted Sam Rowden to the newly-created position of Vice President, Content Group, to oversee its content strategy across the UK and EMEA
Rowden, who currently oversees the company’s programming strategy for the CBS channel portfolio consisting of six entertainment channels owned by joint ventures between AMC Networks International UK (AMCNI-UK) and Paramount Global, will continue to report to Kevin Dickie, EVP/MD for AMCNI-UK.
In her new and expanded role, Rowden is now leading the company’s newly formed Content Group. She will have full responsibility for both the linear and streaming content strategies across the UK and EMEA, which includes the oversight of the joint venture channels, CBS Justice, CBS Europa, CBS Reality, RealityXtra, Legend, HorrorXtra as well as channel brands AMC and SundanceTV.
Additionally, Rowden is now also responsible for content acquisition and content partnerships including the relationship with Paramount Global for both the UK and EMEA joint ventures as well as content management including compliance.
Her remit also includes AMCNI-UK’s AVOD and FAST portfolio consisting of the AVOD player CBS Catchup Channels UK and FAST channel True Crime from CBS Reality that has recently launched with Amazon Freevee and Rakuten TV and which is also available via ITVX.
Speaking about Rowden’s promotion, Kevin Dickie said: “Sam has been the driving force behind the continued success of AMCNI-UK’s joint ventures with Paramount Global, both in the UK and in EMEA, including the development of our highly successful true crime originals effort since the beginning. With her leadership skills and expertise in developing brands that appeal to a wide range of audiences, she is perfectly placed to assume this key role as we further integrate our linear and streaming efforts.”
Rowden added: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead the newly created Content Group at AMCNI-UK to further build on our strong portfolio of brands and on our successful true crime original productions. As we continue to navigate a rapidly changing TV landscape, having a dedicated team of experienced and proactive individuals is crucial to facilitate change and utilize new opportunities. Our aim is to create a content offering, which is strong, relevant and well-placed to co-exist in both the linear and streaming space.”
Rowden joined the company in 2007 and during her time, CBS Reality has become the biggest factual entertainment channel in the UK amongst adult women, and a Top 10 most-watched non-PSB channel amongst all adults. Rowden has commissioned and executive produced exclusive and original content including The Real Prime Suspect, Donal MacIntyre’s Killer Evidence, The Truth About My Murder, Wrongly Accused, Murder: Fight for the Truth and Murder by the Sea.
Prior to AMCNI UK, Rowden worked as a consultant for UKTV and was Head of Acquisitions and Co-Production for Sky One, BSKYB.