AMC Networks has enlisted Rafael Gomez to serve as head of business affairs for the company’s Entertainment Group, as reported by Deadline. Gomez will be in charge of overseeing development on programming agreements across the network, including on AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV, and IFC, as well as AMC Studios. Gomez will report directly to Ed Carroll, chief operating officer of AMC Networks.
This news also comes amid reports that Scott Stein, who’s previously been with the company since 2012 and has been a key asset in handling business affairs, will be promoted to a new role as executive business director of the expanding universe around The Walking Dead, which remains a key creative priority for the company. Stein will report to Gomez.
“Rafael brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to this critical leadership role at AMC Networks,” Carroll said in a statement seen via Deadline. “His broad and deep experience in structuring and negotiating above-the-line, licensing, rights acquisitions and other production agreements is a tremendous asset as we increasingly focus on owning the content we deliver to viewers through an expanding array of platforms and services. We are happy he’s here.
“We are also pleased to be recognizing Scott’s notable contributions to the company and steady leadership over nearly a decade with this expanded ownership of the critical business affairs function around The Walking Dead universe, which is expanding in meaningful ways for our company, our creative partners and millions of fans around the world.” (Deadline)
Gomez joins the company from NBCUniversal, where he worked as Senior VP of Business Affairs for Peacock. Just before that, he was at USA Network and Syfy as head of business affairs and original programming.
Stein served as head of business affairs and operation at Harpo Films Inc. before joining AMC in 2012. Prior to that, he worked at Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein as a television attorney.