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Josh Sapan is Executive Vice Chairman of AMC Networks, the global entertainment company known for creating some of the most celebrated and groundbreaking original content in television history. Sapan’s success in delivering must-have content to passionate audiences, coupled with his championing of innovative distribution models, has transformed the way people watch TV and film.
Under Sapan’s leadership, including his 26-year tenure as President and CEO, he reshaped the company, evolving it from a collection of U.S. cable channels showcasing classic movies to what is today a company known for bold, prestige original drama, and more recently, for its fast-growing targeted streaming services.
The company’s portfolio includes streaming services AMC+, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK, as well as cable channels AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and independent production and distribution label IFC Films.
Sapan has been credited with making AMC Networks a destination for some of the most influential content in entertainment at the center of what’s been widely referred to as the modern day “Golden Age” of TV, including original drama series Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, Killing Eve, and Rectify; mini-series The Night Manager, Top of the Lake and Carlos; mold-breaking comedies Portlandia, Documentary Now! and Brockmire; landmark nature series Planet Earth II and Seven Worlds, One Planet; and leading unscripted series franchises Love After Lockup and Growing Up Hip Hop.
Sapan led the launch of the company’s first streaming offerings, Sundance Now (in 2014) and Shudder (in 2015). These launches were followed by the 2018 acquisition of RLJ Entertainment, which added Acorn TV and ALLBLK to the company’s streaming portfolio, and the 2020 launch of the AMC+ premium bundle – all of which set the company on its present course with a future built around targeted streaming offerings.
A champion of new voices, Sapan has brought independent film to wide audiences through IFC Films, supporting the early work of ground-breaking directors including Lena Dunham, Barry Jenkins, Richard Linklater, Mira Nair, Christopher Nolan and Lynn Shelton, among many others. The company is also home to the IFC Center, the art-house cinema located in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, and is behind DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in the United States.
Sapan is a recipient of the Paley Prize for Innovation and Excellence and has been recognized by Vanity Fair as one of the “Impresarios of Cable’s Golden Age.” He serves on numerous boards, including the American Film Institute, The Paley Center for Media, the Museum of the Moving Image, The Public Theater, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, and New York Public Radio, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Executive Branch.
He is the author of “The Big Picture: America in Panorama” (Princeton Architectural Press), a collection of panoramic photos from the 20th century. He is also a published poet and has the world’s largest collection of antique lightning rods, a selection of which is on permanent display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
In a career spanning over four decades, Matt Blank has made a significant and indelible mark on the entertainment industry. Currently, Blank serves as interim CEO of AMC Networks. He is also a Director of Cumulus Media and CuriosityStream and he previously served as an advisor to The Raine Group.
Blank spent more than 30 years at Showtime Networks, where he served in several senior leadership roles including 20 years as CEO (1995-2015), followed by roles as Chairman (2016-2017) and Advisor (2018). During his tenure, Blank helped transform Showtime into a world-class entertainment property and played a key role in helping the company expand beyond the traditional pay TV model with the successful launch of Showtime’s standalone streaming service.
Under his leadership, Showtime Networks grew from three premium networks, Showtime, The Movie Channel and Flix, to include 27 digital channels. In 2017, Showtime launched a new stand-alone streaming service now available through Amazon, Apple®, Google and Roku, as well as through Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Sony PlayStation Vue.
During Blank’s years as CEO, his team brought numerous award-winning original programs to Showtime, including Homeland, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Billions, Dexter, Weeds, The Circus, as well as decades of Showtime Championship Boxing featuring Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather and dozens of other boxing greats of our time. Showtime Boxing also provided the foundation for a pay-per-view enterprise that presented the lion’s share of the biggest pay-per-view-events of all time.
Blank was named president and chief operating officer of Showtime in 1991, after serving as executive vice president, Marketing, since joining the company in 1988. Before joining Showtime, Blank worked for Home Box Office Inc. for 12 years, departing as senior vice president of Consumer Marketing. Prior to HBO, Blank held marketing positions at American Express and Philip Morris.
Blank is active in numerous industry organizations. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) for nearly 25 years and remains on the board of The Cable Center. In 2013, he was honored by the Center for Communication with the Dr. Frank Stanton Award for Excellence in Communications. He was inducted into Broadcasting and Cable magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Cable Center Hall of Fame in 2009. He has garnered numerous industry awards, including the NCTA’s top honor, the Vanguard Award for Leadership in 2008. From CTAM (the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing), Blank received that organization’s highest honor in 2003. In March 2004, he was honored by Cable Positive with the Joel A. Berger Award for his contribution to the fight against AIDS.
Blank has also been honored by a number of other non-profit organizations. In 2001, he was the recipient of People for the American Way Foundation’s prestigious “Spirit of Liberty” award at its 17th annual gala. In 2003, he was honored with the UJA-Federation of NY’s Entertainment Media & Communications Division Award, and in 2004 he was presented with the Lifetime Visionary Award by the Israel Film Festival. In 2006, The T. Howard Foundation honored him for his and Showtime Networks’ efforts in support of diversity. In 2007, Blank was honored by The Innocence Project for the Showtime production of the award-winning documentary After Innocence, which made a significant contribution to advancing an understanding of the plight of the wrongfully convicted.
Blank has been a Trustee of the Harlem Children’s Zone for almost 20 years. He also serves as a Trustee of the Museum of the Moving Image, The Creative Coalition, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Theatre Club who honored him at their 2017 gala.
Blank is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and holds an M.B.A. from Baruch College. He resides in New York City with his wife, Susan McGuirk.
As Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Christina Spade has operating oversight of AMC Networks’ key businesses, financial operations, including treasury, tax, accounting, financial planning & analysis, as well as investor relations and global technology.
Spade was named to the dual role of Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer in November 2021. She joined AMC Networks in January 2021 as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer.
Spade has spent her career in media and entertainment. Previously, she was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for the newly-combined ViacomCBS, overseeing all financial operations for the company, including treasury, tax, accounting, internal audit, information security and real estate. Prior to CBS and Viacom merging in December 2019, Spade had served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, CBS Corporation, from October 2018.
Previously, Spade was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Strategy for Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI) beginning in February 2013. In this position, she was responsible for all financial matters relating to Showtime Networks’ businesses, including oversight of finance, strategy and information systems for the network’s divisions, which encompassed budgeting, planning, forecasting and accounting of all the business segments within SNI. She was instrumental in the successful scaling of the Showtime OTT platform, which launched in July 2015. In addition, Spade was the key financial architect of numerous real estate deals and transactions at Showtime. She also served as a member of the board for Smithsonian Channel™.
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, Chief Accounting Officer for AMC Networks, Michael Sherin is responsible for managing the company’s corporate accounting, financial reporting, and tax functions.
Sherin most recently served as Senior Vice President, Financial Reporting & Technical Accounting for AMC Networks, first joining the company in September 2011 as Vice President, Financial Reporting. Previously, he served as Senior Director, Financial Reporting and Compliance at The Nature’s Bounty Co. from January 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Sherin worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for ten years.
He received his degree in accounting from Providence College.
Board of Directors
Director of the Company since June 2011. Dr. Tow is Chief Executive Officer of New Century Holdings LLC, an outdoor advertising company, since January 2005. He also served as 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 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, and was previously 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 also the President of The New School, and 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 & Wardwell LLP. Mr. Van Zandt is a former trustee for the Citizens Budget Commission. He is also a former 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 serves as a director of Action Against Hunger.
Director of the Company since June 2013. Mr. Vogel is a private investor and an industry advisor for KKR & Co Inc., a leading global investment firm. Mr. Vogel served as President of Dish Network Corporation, a satellite television provider from September 2006 until February 2008 and served as its Vice Chairman from June 2005 until March 2009. From October 2007 until March 2009, Mr. Vogel served as the Vice Chairman of the board of directors of, and as a Senior Advisor to, EchoStar Communications Corporation. From 2001 until 2005, Mr. Vogel served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Charter Communications, Inc., a cable television and broadband services provider. Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Vogel worked as an executive officer in various capacities for companies affiliated with Liberty Media. Mr. Vogel is a member of the board of directors of Shaw Communications, Inc., Universal Electronics, Inc. and Sirius XM Holdings Inc. On April 30, 2021, Mr. Vogel left the board of directors of Dish Network Corporation at the end of his term after deciding not to stand for re-election. Mr. Vogel also served as a director of Ascent Media Corporation, Inc. during the last five years, and previously served as the chairman of Progress Acquisition Corp., a blank check company.
Director of the Company since June 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 served as a director of MSG Networks. Mr. Bell also serves as the Treasurer and a director of the Lustgarten Foundation.
Director of the Company since June 2021. Mr. Dolan is a graduate of New York University and has earned a certification in entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of Business. Mr. Dolan has been involved with various entrepreneurial endeavors, including managing and performing in Upright Man, a New York-based band, since 2015 and launching an apparel line founded in May 2019. Mr. Dolan served as a director of MSG Networks Inc. from June 2020 until its merger with Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. in July 2021. Mr. Dolan is the son of James L. Dolan, the step-son of Kristin A. Dolan, the grandson of Charles F. Dolan and the nephew of Marianne Dolan Weber, Thomas C. Dolan, Patrick Dolan and Brian G. Sweeney.
Director of the Company since March 2011. Mr. Charles F. Dolan is Chairman Emeritus of the Company since September 2020. Mr. Dolan served as Executive Chairman of the Company from June 2011 until September 2020. He served as the 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 Sports Corp., formerly known as The Madison Square Garden Company (“MSG Sports”) and Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (“MSG Entertainment”), and previously served as a director MSG Networks Inc. (“MSG Networks”) until the merger of MSG Entertainment with MSG Networks, and Cablevision. Mr. Dolan is the father of James L. Dolan, Marianne Dolan Weber, Patrick F. Dolan and Thomas C. Dolan, the father-in-law of Kristin A. Dolan and Brian G. Sweeney and the grandfather of Aidan J. Dolan.
Director of the Company since March 2011. Mr. James L. Dolan is Non-Executive Chairman since September 2020. He is also Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. (“MSG Sports”) since October 2015 and was the Chief Executive Officer of MSG Sports from November 2017 until the effective time of the spinoff of MSG Entertainment from MSG Sports, which occurred on April 17, 2020. Mr. Dolan is the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MSG Entertainment since November 2019. Mr. Dolan was the Executive Chairman of MSG Networks Inc. (“MSG Networks”) from June 2009 until the merger of MSG Entertainment with MSG Networks in July 2021 and he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of MSG Networks from March 15, 2015 to July 15, 2015. 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. from September 1992 to October 1995, and Vice President of Cablevision from 1987 to September 1992. Mr. Dolan currently serves as a director of MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment. Mr. Dolan previously was a director of MSG Networks, Cablevision and Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. Mr. Dolan is the son of Charles F. Dolan, the spouse of Kristin A. Dolan, the father of Aidan J. Dolan, the brother of Marianne Dolan Weber, Patrick F. Dolan and Thomas C. Dolan and the brother-in-law of Brian G. Sweeney.
Director of the Company since June 2011. Ms. Kristin A. Dolan is the founder and has been the Chief Executive Officer of 605, LLC, an audience measurement and data analytics company in the media and entertainment industries, since its inception in 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 MSG Entertainment, Revlon, Inc. and The Wendy’s Company and previously served as a director of MSG Sports, MSG Networks until the merger of MSG Entertainment with MSG Networks, and Cablevision. Ms. Dolan is the daughter-in-law of Charles F. Dolan, the spouse of James L. Dolan, the step-mother of Aidan J. Dolan and the sister-in-law of Marianne Dolan Weber, Patrick F. Dolan, Thomas C. Dolan and Brian G. Sweeney.
Director of the Company since June 2011. Mr. Patrick F. Dolan was 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. He is a majority owner of Newsday Media Group since July 2016. Mr. Dolan previously served as a director of Cablevision. Mr. Dolan is the son of Charles F. Dolan, the brother of James L. Dolan, Marianne Dolan Weber and Thomas C. Dolan, the uncle of Aidan J. Dolan and the brother-in-law of Kristin A. Dolan and Brian G. Sweeney.
Director of the Company since June 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 and Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Cablevision from October 2001 until April 2005. He serves as a director of MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment and previously served as a director of MSG Networks until the merger of MSG Entertainment with MSG Networks, and Cablevision. Mr. Dolan is the son of Charles F. Dolan, the brother of James L. Dolan, Marianne Dolan Weber and Patrick F. Dolan, the uncle of Aidan J. Dolan and the brother-in-law of Kristin A. Dolan and Brian G. Sweeney.
Director of the Company since June 2011. 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 MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment and previously served as a director of MSG Networks until the merger of MSG Entertainment with MSG Networks, and Cablevision. Mr. Sweeney is the son-in-law of Charles F. Dolan and the brother-in-law of James L. Dolan, Kristin A. Dolan, Marianne Dolan Weber, Patrick F. Dolan and Thomas C. Dolan and the uncle of Aidan J. Dolan.
Director of the Company since June 2016. 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 MSG Sports, MSG Entertainment, Claros Mortgage Trust, Inc. 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 and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation.
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|Vincent Tese||Compensation Committee|
|Dr. Leonard Tow||Audit Committee||Compensation Committee|
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