As executive vice president, programming and operations for AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global, Harold Gronenthal oversees programming, scheduling, acquisitions and network operations of AMC Networks’ popular and award-winning brands, AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global. He was promoted to his current post in 2013, having previously served as senior vice president and general manager of Sundance Channel Global since March 2007.
Gronenthal is a 30-year company veteran with management experience in many of the key areas of the business. He was instrumental in the expansion of Sundance Channel in Canada, Europe, Latin America and Asia; and WE tv in Asia. He has also negotiated global programming deals for AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WEtv, including critically acclaimed AMC series such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and international hits like Mr. Selfridge, The Hour and The Slap.
Domestically, Gronenthal has overseen deals for AMC Networks with major distributors and independent producers. Additionally, Gronenthal works on key productions for the brands, most recently serving as a Primetime Emmy® Award nominated executive producer on IFC’s acclaimed docu-series Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut).
Previously, Gronenthal served for nearly four years as senior vice president of program acquisitions and administration for AMC Networks, overseeing content acquisitions for AMC, IFC and WEtv, and spearheaded AMC’s launch in Canada. From 2002-2004, he served as vice president of programming for IFC Companies, which consisted of IFC, the network, and IFC Films, AMC Networks’ independent film distribution, exhibition and production business. He also held various roles at Bravo Networks, which then consisted of Bravo (now owned by NBC) and IFC. In this role, Gronenthal helped launch IFC Canada in 2001 and directed the first roll-out of content for international sales in the company’s history. Prior to that, he served as vice president of programming and operations for Film & Arts, Bravo’s first international channel in Latin America.
Gronenthal began his career in the regional sports division of the company with escalating roles at PRISM, a Philadelphia-based regional pay sports and movie service then owned and operated by AMC Networks.
Gronenthal graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with honors from Haverford College. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).