“There’s nothing like Mad Men on television today,” stated Rob Sorcher, AMC’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Production. “AMC is all about showcasing entertainment with some enduring, iconic value. Mad Men complements this mission with a high quality, cinematic style.”
“We are delighted to be in business with AMC on this compelling series,” said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate’s President of Television Programming and Production, “Rob Sorcher and his talented programming team have put suppliers on notice that they intend to be in the scripted business in a major way, and we can’t wait to get started. The business opportunity was as attractive as the creative, and Lionsgate TV COO Sandra Stern expertly guided the negotation on behalf of the company.”
Weiner added: “Mad Men is a very meaningful project for me, and I’m grateful for the investment and creative support that AMC and Lionsgate have contuibuted. This is the first project for me since the end of ‘The Sopranos’, and I’m proud that it is debuting as AMC’s first dramatic series. I’m hopeful that the show’s sense of style, complex story telling and ironic humor will be entertaining to viewers.”
Mad Men is a smart and cinematic drama about the professional lives, social mores and sexual exploits of advertising executives on Madison Avenue circa 1960, when the industry was at its height of glamour, power, and prestige. The setting is the Sterling Cooper agency, which sells everything from cigarettes to political candidates. The protagonist, Don Draper, is a fast-rising creative director whose smooth exterior conceals any number of secrets. AMC developed a one-hour pilot of Mad Men in April, which was co-produced by @radical.media, directed by Alan Taylor (‘The Sopranos’, ‘Lost’) and filmed on locations in New York City. The show’s cast includes: Jon Hamm (‘We Were Soldiers’), Elisabeth Moss (‘West Wing’), Vincent Kartheiser (‘Angel’), January Jones (‘American Wedding’), and Christina Hendricks (‘Kevin Hill’), as well as guest star John Slattery (‘K Street’, ‘Sex and the City’). AMC’s Vlad Wolynetz, Vice President of Production, Series and Movies, and Christina Wayne, Vice President of Scripted Series and Movies, will oversee the development and production of the new drama.