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AMC Renews 'The Walking Dead' For Sixth Season

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Days away from its season five premiere, AMC announced today that it has renewed “The Walking Dead,” the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years and most highly-rated show in cable television history, for a sixth season. The season five premiere is this Sunday, Oct. 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the live season premiere of “Talking Dead” at 10 p.m. ET/PT with host Chris Hardwick and this week’s guests Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero and Conan O’Brien.

“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”

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Fox Group Promotes Nicole Bernard To EVP Audience Strategy

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Nicole A. Bernard has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Audience Strategy, for The Fox Group, it was announced today by Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer, Fox Television Group. Fox Audience Strategy is a department within 21st Century Fox designed to identify programming and operational opportunities that reflect diverse perspectives across all of its entertainment platforms.

“Nicole and her team continue to cultivate an incredibly productive, ongoing dialogue about who our audiences are and how to better serve them, and, more importantly, they’ve turned those conversations into action,” said Earley. “With her strategic leadership, we will continue making strides in achieving a diverse mix of people and viewpoints, in front of and behind the camera, as well as within our own ranks, which is a huge priority for Fox.”

As head of audience strategy, Ms. Bernard has collaborated with senior leaders across 21st Century Fox’s Los Angeles-based entertainment business units (filmed entertainment, broadcast television, cable television and digital media) in launching strategic initiatives to ensure that policies, content and operations reflect broadening audiences. In this role, Ms. Bernard and team developed and launched the Fox Writer’s Intensive, which is designed to nurture the careers of experienced writers with diverse voices and backgrounds, and create a strong pipeline of talent for potential staffing on Fox productions. She also expanded the company’s annual Seizing Opportunities Forum – now entering its fourth year – to become an annual cross-industry platform aimed at shifting perceptions and promoting inclusion across all areas of the entertainment business.

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