Degrees

  • M.A., Regent University
  • B.A., Taylor University

Biography

Tom Halleen, former executive vice president of programming strategy, acquisitions and scheduling at AMC Networks, is the founding dean of Biola’s School of Cinema and Media Arts. Through his nearly 30 years as an entertainment industry executive, Halleen has experience in all divisions of programming national television networks including acquisitions, scheduling, development, production, operations, viewer services, research, legal, standards and practices, and promo/media planning. With his vast experience, he has an in-depth and unique understanding of the interrelation of all programming elements that contribute to a network’s schedule.

At AMC Networks, Halleen led a 43-member team across the linear and on-demand platforms for five of its national entertainment services including AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV and WEtv. He served as a key team member in the transition of AMC into one of the most innovative and successful cable networks on television in part through the launch of groundbreaking and Emmy winning series including Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead, the highest rated basic cable series in television history.

Throughout his career, Halleen has negotiated for the acquisition of over $1 billion in series, specials and movies. This has allowed him to develop executive relationships with all major studios including Warner Bros., Paramount, NBC Universal, Sony, Fox, Disney, MGM, CBS, Lions Gate, Miramax, Amazon Studios and others. He additionally has over 12 years of experience in developing and supervising hundreds of hours of original series, movies and specials across all genres, including Emmy-winning productions.

Halleen earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Taylor University in Indiana and a master’s in communications from Regent University in Virginia. He is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and previously served on the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board.

Affiliations

  • Active Member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
  • TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board, Washington, D.C. (2013–18)

Awards

  • Inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame for Regent University’s School of Communication & the Arts, 2008

Presentations

  • Guest Panelist, “Hollywood’s Evolving Spiritual Climate.” Mastermedia International’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. Universal City, CA, 2016.
  • Guest Speaker, “A Snapshot of TV: From the Inside Out.” Taylor University, Upland, IN, 2016.
  • Guest Speaker, “Career Overview.” Smithtown Christian School, Smithtown, NY, 2012.
  • Guest Speaker, “Demystifying Christianity to a Confused Entertainment Industry.” Taylor University’s Envision Film Festival, Upland, IN, 2011.
  • Guest Speaker, “Behind the Screen.” Taylor University’s Envision Film Festival, Upland, IN, 2011.
  • Guest Panelist, “Benefits of Kingdom Involvement.” Mastermedia International’s Summit of Christian Media Professionals, Lake Arrowhead, CA, 2010.
  • Commencement Speaker. Regent University’s School of Communication and the Arts, Virginia Beach, VA, 2010.
  • Guest Speaker. National Media Prayer Breakfast, Beverly Hills, CA, 2006.
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