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Charles F. Dolan is the executive chairman 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 Networks and MSG. 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 Chief Financial Officer, Sean S. Sullivan oversees the financial functions of AMC Networks Inc. and its business units. Sullivan joined AMC Networks in September 2010 from HIT Entertainment, a leading independent children’s entertainment producer and rights owner. He brings more than two decades of experience in finance and operations having served in a variety of senior executive positions in the media, marketing and print industries. Sullivan serves on the board of Acushnet Holdings Corp. and is the Chair of its Audit Committee.
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 October 2018. Frank J. Biondi, Jr. has served as Senior Managing Director of WaterView Advisors LLC, an investment advisor organization, since 1999. Prior to WaterView Advisors, Mr. Biondi was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Studios, Inc. from 1996 to 1998, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, Inc. from 1987 to 1996, Executive Vice President of the Entertainment Business Sector of The Coca-Cola Company and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Television from 1985 to 1987, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Inc.’s subsidiary Home Box Office, Inc. from 1982 to 1984, Vice President of Time Inc. from 1978 to 1984 and Assistant Treasurer of the Children’s Television Workshop from 1974 to 1978. Mr. Biondi also serves as a director of The Madison Square Garden Company since 2016 and ViaSat, Inc. since 2015. Previously, Mr. Biondi served as a director of Hasbro, Inc. from 2002 to May 2015, RealD Inc. from 2010 until it ceased being a public company in March 2016, Cablevision from 2005 until its sale in June 2016, Amgen Inc. from 2002 until 2017 and Seagate Technology plc from 2005 until 2017.
Director of the Company since October 2013. Mr. Miller is the Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Media Company, TPG sponsored investment company since February 2018. He is also an advisor to Advancit Capital, a private investment firm. He was a partner in Advancit Capital from July 2013 to February 2018. He was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of News Corporation’s Digital Media Group and News Corporation’s Chief Digital Officer from April 2009 until September 2012. Mr. Miller had previously been a founding partner of Velocity Interactive Group, an investment firm focusing on digital media and the consumer Internet, from its inception in February 2007 until April 2009. Prior to founding Velocity Interactive Group, Mr. Miller served as Chief Executive Officer of AOL LLC (“AOL”) from August 2002 to November 2006. Prior to joining AOL, Mr. Miller served as Chief Executive Officer and President of USA Information and Services, of USA Interactive, a predecessor to IAC/InterActiveCorp. During the prior five years, Mr. Miller was a director of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, RTL Group SA, Shutterstock, Inc., TripAdvisor, Inc. and Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. Mr. Miller is currently a member of the board of directors of Akamai Technologies, Inc., Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. and J2 Global, Inc. Mr. Miller also serves as a non-profit director of The Paley Center for Media and American Film Institute.
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, a trustee of WNET.ORG and a member of the board of Lincoln Center Theater.
Director of the Company since June 2015. Mr. Van Zandt is the President of The New School. Mr. Van Zandt is also the special general counsel and an adviser 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. 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 (now on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit) and for Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and then joined the law firm, Davis Polk and Wardwell. 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.
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. Mr. Bell also serves as a director of the Lustgarten Foundation.
Director of the Company since March 9, 2011. Mr. Charles F. Dolan is Executive Chairman of the Company since June 2011. Mr. Dolan 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 MSG Networks and MSG. Mr. Dolan previously served as a director of Cablevision until its sale in June 2016.
Director of the Company since March 9, 2011. Mr. Dolan is Executive Chairman of MSG Networks since July 2009. He is also Executive Chairman of MSG since October 2015 and is serving as the interim Chief Executive Officer of MSG since November 2017. Mr. Dolan was the President and Chief Executive Officer of MSG Networks from March 15, 2015 to July 15, 2015. Mr. James L. 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. He serves as a director of MSG Networks and MSG. 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 also serves as a director of MSG and MSG Networks, Revlon Inc. and The Wendy’s Company. She previously served as a director of Cablevision until its sale in June 2016.
Director of the Company since June 30, 2011. Mr. Patrick F. Dolan is President of News 12 Networks since February 2002. News 12 Networks is a subsidiary of Altice N.V. He was Vice President of News 12 Networks from September 1995 to February 2002. He is a majority owner of Newsday Media Group since July 2016. Mr. Dolan previously served as a director of Cablevision until its sale in June 2016.
Director of the Company since June 30, 2011. 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. Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Cablevision from October 2001 until April 2005. Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Cablevision from February 1996 to October 2001. Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Cablevision from July 1994 to February 1996. General Manager of Cablevision’s East End Long Island cable system from November 1991 to July 1994. System Manager of Cablevision’s East End Long Island cable system from August 1987 to October 1991. He also serves as a director of MSG Networks and MSG. Mr. Dolan previously served as a director of Cablevision until its sale in June 2016.
Director of the Company since June 30, 2011. Mr. Brian G. Sweeney served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Cablevision beginning in March 2015 until its sale in June 2016. Previously, Mr. Sweeney served as the President of Cablevision beginning in April 2014. 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 June 2012. He also serves as a director of MSG Networks and MSG. Mr. Sweeney previously served as a director of Cablevision until its sale in June 2016.
Director of the Company since June 2016. 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. Mr. Tese is Chairman of Bond Street Holdings, LLC and ICE Clear Credit LLC. He is Executive Chairman of Florida Community Bank. Mr. Tese also serves as a director of MSG, Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation. He also serves as a trustee of New York Presbyterian Hospital and New York University School of Law. Mr. Tese was a director of Gabelli Asset Management, National Wireless Holdings, Inc., The Bear Stearns Companies, Inc., Cablevision until its sale in June 2016 and MSG Networks until September 30, 2016.
Director of the Company since June 30, 2011. Ms. Dolan Weber is President of Heartfelt Wings Foundation and a Member of the Board of Green Mountain Foundation Inc. Ms. Marianne Dolan Weber was Chairman of both The Dolan Family Foundation and The Dolan Children’s Foundation from September 1999 through December 2011 and Vice Chairman and Director of the Dolan Family Office, LLC from 1997 to 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. She serves as a director of MSG and previously served as a director of Cablevision from 2005 until its sale in June 2016 and MSG Networks from February 2010 to December 2014.
Director of the Company since June 30, 2011. Mr. Wright is Senior Adviser of Lee Equity Partners LLC (formerly known as Thomas H. Lee Capital) since 2008. He served as Vice Chairman of General Electric Company and President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of NBC and NBC Universal from 1986 to 2007. Mr. Wright has served on the boards of General Electric Company, NBC Universal and EMI Group Global Inc. Mr. Wright is a director of Ralph Lauren Corporation. He is a trustee of the New York Presbyterian Hospital and co-founder of Autism Speaks and The Suzanne Wright Foundation.