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Charles F. Dolan is the chairman emeritus of AMC Networks Inc., a leading producer of pioneering programming for multiple media platforms. Mr. Dolan spearheaded the creation of a programming subsidiary of his earlier cable television business to bring compelling new programming to customers. That entity, Rainbow Media Holdings, was spun off in June 2011 into the separate public company which became AMC Networks Inc. Mr. Dolan is also the founder and former chairman of Cablevision Systems Corp., which, during his tenure, was one of the nation’s leading telecommunications and media companies. The sale of Cablevision to Netherlands-based Altice N.V. was completed in June 2016. In addition, Mr. Dolan serves on the boards of MSG Entertainment, MSG Networks and MSG Sports. Mr. Dolan previously served on the board of Cablevision.
Named CEO in 1995, Joshua W. Sapan led the Company’s successful spin-off from Cablevision Systems Corporation in June 2011, when AMC Networks began trading as a separate public company on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Earlier in his career Sapan spearheaded the development of the Bravo network. Sapan serves on numerous boards, including the American Film Institute, The Paley Center for Media, The Cable Center, the Museum of the Moving Image, People for the American Way and WNYC Radio, Manhattan Theater Club, The Hebrew Home for the Aged, and NCTA Internet/Television Association.
A 28-year veteran of the Company, Edward A. Carroll oversees all operations for AMC Networks’ popular and award-winning national cable television networks, AMC Networks Advertising Sales, and AMC Networks International, the company’s international programming and distribution division. Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2009, Carroll was AMC Networks’ President of Entertainment Services. He also served seven years as general manager of IFC and Bravo. He is on the board of The Paley Center for Media LA as well as Film Independent where he serves as a frequent guest speaker.
As Executive Vice President and General Counsel, James G. Gallagher serves as the chief legal counsel for AMC Networks Inc. and its business units. Gallagher joined AMC Networks in 2008 with 24 years of corporate counsel experience. Previously, he served as executive vice president and general counsel for Tommy Hilfiger Corporation. Gallagher spent six years at HSN (Home Shopping Network) as executive vice president and general counsel and prior to that served for eight years as group counsel at American Express Travel Related Services. He began his career as an associate at Kelley Drye & Warren in New York.
As Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for AMC Networks, Christian Wymbs is responsible for managing the Company’s corporate accounting, financial reporting and tax functions. Wymbs joined AMC Networks in 2016, arriving from the American Express Company where he held a number of positions since 2006. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice president and Chief Financial Officer of its Global Commercial Services business. Previously, he served as SVP and CFO of its Enterprise Growth Group business, in addition to holding other various financial positions in its Global Consumer and World Services businesses.
Board of Directors
Director of the Company since June 30, 2011. Dr. Tow is Chief Executive Officer of New Century Holdings LLC, an outdoor advertising company, since January 2005. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Communications Company from 1990 to September 2004. Dr. Tow previously served as a director of Cablevision until its sale in June 2016 and Citizens Communications Company. Dr. Tow also serves as Chairman of the Tow Foundation, a trustee of the Brooklyn College Foundation, a trustee of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and a trustee of WNET.ORG. He also is a member of the board of Lincoln Center Theater.
Mr. Van Zandt is the global general counsel for Artal Group S.A., a European-based family controlled and funded private equity firm, and The Invus Group, LLC, a U.S.-based worldwide family controlled and funded private equity firm since April 16, 2020. He previously served as special general counsel and adviser for Artal Group S.A. and The Invus Group, LLC. From 2011 through April 16, 2020, Mr. Van Zandt was the President of The New School. From 1995 through 2010, he served as the Dean of Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Van Zandt joined the faculty of Northwestern University School of Law in 1985. After graduating from law school, Mr. Van Zandt clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and then clerked for Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He then joined the law firm, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Mr. Van Zandt is a trustee for the Citizens Budget Commission. He is also a member of the steering committee of the Association for a Better New York and is on the education advisory board for The Vistria Group. Mr. Van Zandt also serves as a director of Action Against Hunger.
Director of the Company since June 2013. Mr. Vogel is a private investor. He serves as an industry advisor for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. and a Senior Advisor of DISH Network Corporation. Mr. Vogel is also the President and sole stockholder of Bulldog Capital, Inc., a private investment firm. From November 2011 to October 2014, Mr. Vogel served as a Senior Adviser of The Gores Group, a private equity firm. From June 2005 until March 2009, Mr. Vogel served as Vice Chairman of DISH Network Corporation (formerly Echostar Communications Corporation, a satellite-delivered digital television services provider) and President from September 2006 until February 2008 of Echostar Communications Corporation. From October 2007 to March 2009, Mr. Vogel was Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor at Echostar Corp. Prior to that, Mr. Vogel was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Charter Communications, a broadband service provider. He is director of DISH Network Corporation, Sirius/XM Holdings Inc., Shaw Communications, Inc. and Universal Electronics Inc. Mr. Vogel previously served on the board of directors of Ascent Capital Group, Inc., NextWave Wireless Inc., ICG Communications and Liberty Satellite.
Director of the Company since June 30, 2011. Mr. Bell was a Consultant to Cablevision from 2005 to 2014 and held various positions at Cablevision and its predecessor from 1979 to 2004, including serving as its Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer until 2004. He serves as a director of MSG Networks Inc. Mr. Bell also serves as the treasurer and a director of the Lustgarten Foundation.
Director of the Company since March 9, 2011. Mr. Dolan is Chairman Emeritus. He served as Executive Chairman of the Company from June 2011 until September 2020. He served as Chairman of Cablevision from 1985 until its sale in June 2016. He was Chief Executive Officer of Cablevision from 1985 to October 1995. Mr. Dolan founded and acted as the General Partner of Cablevision’s predecessor from 1973 to 1985 and established Manhattan Cable Television in 1961 and Home Box Office in 1971. He serves as a director of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp, MSG Networks Inc. and Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. Mr. Dolan previously served as a director of Cablevision from 1985 until its sale in 2016.
Director of the Company since March 9, 2011. Mr. Dolan also serves as the Company’s Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors since September 2020. He is also Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. since November 2019; Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden Sports Corp since March 2015; and Executive Chairman of MSG Networks Inc. since July 2015. Mr. Dolan also has served as a director, the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. since November 2019, as a director and the Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. since 2015 and a director and the Executive Chairman of MSG Networks Inc. since 2009. Mr. Dolan was the Chief Executive Officer of Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. from 2017 to April 2020 Mr. Dolan was Chief Executive Officer of Cablevision from October 1995 until its sale in June 2016. He was President of Cablevision from June 1998 to April 2014. Chief Executive Officer of Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a former subsidiary of Cablevision, from September 1992 to October 1995 and Vice President of Cablevision from 1987 to September 1992. Mr. Dolan previously served as a director of Cablevision until its sale in June 2016.
Director of the Company since June 30, 2011. Ms. Kristin A. Dolan is the founder and has been Chief Executive Officer of 605, LLC an audience measurement and data analytics company in the media and entertainment industries, since its inception in November 2016. She previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Cablevision from April 2014 until its sale in June 2016. She was President of Optimum Services for Cablevision from April 2013 to April 2014. Senior Executive Vice President of Product Management and Marketing of Cablevision from November 2011 to April 2013; and Senior Vice President of Cablevision from 2003 to 2011. She serves as a director of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp, MSG Networks Inc. and Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. She also serves as a director of Revlon Inc. and The Wendy’s Company. She previously served as a director of Cablevision.
Mr. Patrick F. Dolan is a majority owner of Newsday Media Group since July 2016 and has been its President since October 2016. He served as Senior Network Advisor of News 12 Networks from April 2018 to October 2018. News 12 Networks is a subsidiary of Altice N.V. He was the President of News 12 Networks from February 2002 to April 2018 and Vice President from September 1995 to February 2002. Mr. Dolan previously served as a director of Cablevision.
Mr. Thomas C. Dolan was Executive Vice President-Strategy and Development, Office of the Chairman of Cablevision from September 2008 until its sale in June 2016. He was Chief Executive Officer of Rainbow Media Corp. from April 2004 to April 2005 and Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Cablevision from October 2001 until April 2005. He serves as a director of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp, MSG Networks Inc. and Madison Square Garden Sports Corp and previously served as a director of Cablevision.
Mr. Brian G. Sweeney served as the President of Cablevision from April 2014 and Chief Financial Officer of Cablevision from March 2015 until its sale in June 2016. Previously, Mr. Sweeney served as the Senior Executive Vice President, Strategy and Chief of Staff of Cablevision from January 2013 to April 2014, Senior Vice President — Strategic Software Solutions of Cablevision from June 2012 to January 2013 and Senior Vice President — eMedia of Cablevision from January 2000 to December 2012. He serves as a director of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp, MSG Networks Inc. and Madison Square Garden Sports Corp and previously served as a director of Cablevision.
Mr. Tese has been Chairman of ICE Clear Credit LLC since 2013. Mr. Tese was the Chairman of FCB Financial Holdings, Inc. (formerly known as Bond Street Holdings, LLC) from November 2009 to January 2019 and the Executive Chairman of FCB Financing Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary, Florida Community Bank from January 2010 to January 2019. Mr. Tese served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Urban Development Corporation from 1985 to 1987 and as Director of Economic Development for New York State from 1987 to December 1994. He is a director of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp and Madison Square Garden Sports Corp and Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. He also serves as a trustee of New York Presbyterian Hospital and New York University School of Law. Mr. Tese previously was a director of Gabelli Asset Management, National Wireless Holdings, Inc., The Bear Stearns Companies, Inc., Cablevision, MSG Networks Inc. and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation.
Ms. Marianne Dolan Weber is President of Heartfelt Wings Foundation Inc. since August 2015 and a Member of the Board of Green Mountain Foundation Inc. since September 2015. Ms. Dolan Weber currently serves as the manager of MLC Ventures LLC, a family investment office. Ms. Dolan Weber served as Chairman of The Dolan Family Foundation and The Dolan Children’s Foundation from September 1999 through December 2011, President of The Dolan Family Foundation from 1986 to September 1999, President of The Dolan Children’s Foundation from 1997 to September 1999, and Vice Chairman and Director of Dolan Family Office, LLC from 1997 through December 2011. She serves as a director of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp and Madison Square Garden Sports Corp and previously served as a director of Cablevision and MSG Networks Inc.