Exclusive Valhalla Q&A with Susie Fitzgerald, AMC’s Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming

This week’s Q&A is with Susie Fitzgerald, AMC’s Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming.

As senior vice president of scripted programming, Susie Fitzgerald oversees the day-to-day operations of AMC’s current original scripted programming, which includes Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, The Killing, and Hell on Wheels.  In addition, Fitzgerald oversees the development of new scripted projects, which currently includes AMC’s newest pilot orders Low Winter Sun and Untitled LaGravenese & Goldwyn Project.  She was named to this post in August 2009.

Fitzgerald is a well-respected industry veteran and has a broad range of experience in television production.  Prior to joining AMC, Fitzgerald was president of television at Josephson Entertainment where she ran the television department.  Before Josephson Entertainment, she served as the head of Darren Star Productions and worked on scripted series, including ABC’s Cashmere Mafia and CW’s Runaway.

Earlier in her career, Fitzgerald spent 10 years with Brillstein-Grey Entertainment where she rose to the co-head position at Brad Grey Television.  There she supervised the development and production of The Sopranos, and is widely credited with ensuring James Gandolfini be cast as Tony Soprano.  Fitzgerald was in charge of the production of Newsradio (five seasons) and The Larry Sanders Show (six seasons).  Additionally, she developed long-form projects with HBO Films, as well as features with Plan B.  Before Brillstein-Grey, Fitzgerald was vice president of original programming at HBO, West Coast, supervising such series as The Larry Sanders Show, Dream On and Tales From the Crypt.  She began her television production career at HBO as a production coordinator for HBO Premier Films and quickly rose from comedy specials to director of original programming, series and specials.

Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.  She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  Fitzgerald’s work has earned top accolades, including an Emmy® for The Sopranos and a CableACE Award for HBO’s One Night Stand Comedy Special.

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