Speaker Kristin Jones - Scripted 2018

Speaker Kristin Jones

Kristin Jones

EVP, International Programming & Programming Innovation

AMC & SundanceTV

As Executive Vice President of International Programming and Programming Innovation for AMC and SundanceTV, Kristin Jones oversees the creation, development and production of innovative scripted programming from all territories outside the U.S. She is focused on identifying potential international scripted projects, including co-productions, format adaptations, series, limited-series acquisitions as well as developing international projects for AMC studios to bring to the broader marketplace. Since her start, Jones has overseen twenty shows for the network, with another nineteen in development, and manages a team of executives that has grown more than double in size in under two years. Jones assumed her role in 2015 after first joining AMC as a consultant in 2014.

During her time at AMC, Jones has helped shepherd impressive international projects to the network, including sci-fi drama Humans, starring Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians) a co-production with the UK’s Channel 4 and Kudos. As a top five cable drama launch among adults 25-54 in the U.S. its first season, Humans enjoyed a successful season two among both fans and critics, and recently released season three on AMC. Under Kristin’s leadership, SundanceTV saw the premiere of Top of the Lake: China Girl, the second season of the Jane Campion-helmed series, the first of which won a Golden Globe for its star, Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale). Kristin also brought McMafia to AMC, a co-production with BBC One and Cuba pictures created by Hossein Amini (Drive) and James Watkins (Woman in Black) and starring James Norton (Happy Valley); as well as Liar to SundanceTV, a co-production with ITV and Two Brothers Productions, starring Golden Globe winner, Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) and Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four). Liar premiered in fall of 2017 and was the most successful show on ITV in three years. Additionally, SundanceTV recently saw the premiere of The Split created by Abi Morgan (The Hour) to rave reviews. In addition, Kristin secured Cleverman for SundanceTV, the ground-breaking series based on Aboriginal mythology, which received a Peabody nomination and returned for Season 2 in 2017.Jones also bought and oversaw The Night Manager for AMC, a drama based on the John le Carré novel and produced by AMC, BBC One and The Ink Factory. The mini-series secured twelve Emmy nominations, winning for Best Director for Academy Award®-winning director Susanne Bier (In a Better World), and won Golden Globes for each of its three stars: Hugh Laurie (House), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), and Olivia Colman (Broadchurch). Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), and Elizabeth Debicki (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) also starred.

 Jones secured several upcoming projects for AMC, including Little Drummer Girl, to premiere November 2018. This is another series based a John le Carré novel, both co-produced once again with BBC One and The Ink Factory; directed by Park Chan Wook (The Handmaiden) and starring Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies), and Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water). Additionally, Kristin oversees the much anticipated series State of THE Union, written by Nick Hornby (Brooklyn), directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena) and starring Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids). Other upcoming shows include subsequent seasons of AMC’s The Night Manager, SundanceTV’s Liar, and critically praised Deutschland ’83 (to be titled Deutschland ’86), and Rosehaven.

Before AMC Networks, Jones was Chief Creative Officer for multi-platform digital studio Vuguru from 2010 to 2013, where she oversaw all creative, legal and financial aspects of development, production, post-production and programming at the scripted content studio backed by Michael Eisner and Rogers Media.

Before that, Jones was senior vice president of international development, production and acquisitions for Miramax Films from 2005 to 2015, based in New York. She managed more than 20 film projects, resulting in 11 Oscar® and nine Golden Globe® nominations, including Oscar winners Tsotsi and The Queen, and hits like Becoming Jane and Gone Baby Gone. Prior to that, she was vice president of production and European acquisitions for Buena Vista International in London from 1999 to 2005, overseeing projects such as Calendar Girls, and Kinky Boots, winner of the 2013 Tony Award. She began her career as a film literary agent at ICM.

Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College and a degree from University College London. 

Speaking at: Series Spotlight: The Little Drummer Girl

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