Executive Director, BBC America AMC Networks
Courtney Thomasma is the Executive Director of BBC AMERICA, a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the Peabody Award-winning series Killing Eve starring Golden Globe® and SAG® Award-winner Sandra Oh and Emmy® Award-winner Jodie Comer; top-rated phenomenon Doctor Who; acclaimed drama Luther; ground-breaking unscripted series Top Gear; buzzy and hilarious The Graham Norton Show; and the upcoming genre-defying series The Watch.
As the exclusive U.S. television home of the most iconic natural history programming in the world, including the award-winning Planet Earth collection and the next installment in the Meerkat Manor franchise, Courtney oversaw BBC AMERICA’s recent expansion of its nature offering with the launch of Wonderstruck – a new 24-hour Saturday micro-net dedicated to wildlife and wonder.
Courtney joined AMC Networks in 2013, previously serving as Vice President of Research & Insights for BBC AMERICA. During her time at BBC AMERICA, she developed audience strategies to drive ratings and revenue growth, inform brand positioning and program development, and advance multi-platform solutions for the network. She also helped launch the network’s Galaxy of Women initiative, which aspires to elevate the role of women in front of and behind the camera, and co-authored the study Superpowering Girls: Female Representation in the Sci-Fi/Superhero Genre with the Women’s Media Center, which was covered by media outlets around the world. Courtney previously led Research for sister network SundanceTV, where she oversaw the network’s transition to a Nielsen-rated, ad-supported model.
Prior to joining AMC Networks, Courtney held a number of roles at Nielsen, where she managed key national television accounts, directed strategic business initiatives internationally, and completed the flagship Emerging Leaders Program. She started her career in Ad Sales Research for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Courtney earned a B.A. in Communication from Pepperdine University and an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University. She was named as one of Multichannel News’ “40 under 40” industry executives and completed the Cable Executive Management program at Harvard Business School.