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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.
A veteran of the cable industry, Ed Carroll oversees all operations for AMC Networks’ popular and award-winning national cable television networks AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv; premium streaming video services Sundance Now, Shudder, Acorn TV, ALLBLK and AMC+, the company’s premium subscription bundle; its television production and worldwide content distribution division AMC Studios; AMC Networks Advertising Sales; and AMC Networks International, the company’s international programming business.
A champion of using original programming to define a brand, Carroll has been instrumental in helping to develop and bring to air many of today’s most acclaimed, watched and talked about original series, including AMC’s “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul,” and “The Walking Dead;” BBC AMERICA’s “Orphan Black” and “Planet Earth II; “IFC’s “Portlandia;” and SundanceTV’s “Rectify” and “The Honorable Woman;” and WE tv’s “Braxton Family Values;”
Under Carroll’s leadership, AMC has been transformed into one of the most successful networks on television. In 2012 AMC’s “The Walking Dead” became the highest rated drama in basic cable history and remains the #1 show on television among the key 18-49 demo. “Better Call Saul,” the spinoff of iconic drama series “Breaking Bad,” premiered in February 2015 and quickly became a critical and cultural phenomenon as the #1 new series on cable in its first season among viewers aged 18-49 and 25-54. AMC’s expanding slate of original programming also includes “Fear the Walking Dead,” the highly-regarded companion series to “The Walking Dead,” artificial intelligence drama “Humans” starring Academy Award® winner William Hurt, genre-bending martial arts series “Into the Badlands,” critically acclaimed supernatural series “Preacher,” developed for television by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This is The End, Superbad, Neighbors), as well as ongoing originals “Halt and Catch Fire” and “The Son.”
Under Carroll’s direction, AMC Networks acquired BBC AMERICA as a joint venture with BBC Worldwide. It is a leading destination for favorites with critics and audiences alike with series such as the enormously popular “Doctor Who,” the cinematic “Luther” and “Broadchurch,” the Emmy® Award winning “Orphan Black,” and the global phenomenon “Planet Earth II.”
IFC has become the “Always On Slightly Off” home for original comedies and leading comedic talent with Carroll’s guidance. Hits include breakthrough success “Portlandia” – winner of Emmy®, Peabody and Writer’s Guild Awards – as well as projects from Denis Leary (“Maron”), Hank Azaria (“Brockmire”), and Seth Meyers and Lorne Michaels (“Documentary Now!”).
On SundanceTV, Carroll has successfully introduced scripted and unscripted original programming that is as distinctive as the best independent films. The channel’s foray into scripted originals include critically acclaimed drama “Rectify,” the Golden Globe Award®- winning “The Honorable Woman,” the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning miniseries “Top of the Lake,” and “The Red Road.”
WE tv has become a top destination for programming fueled by big personalities and passionate relationships thanks to Carroll’s supervision, with popular originals including “Braxton Family Values,” “Growing Up Hip Hop” and “Kendra On Top.”
Globally, Carroll has spearheaded the reach of AMC Networks’ international brands across North America, Europe and Asia. In February 2014, AMC Networks acquired Chellomedia (now AMC Networks International), a leading producer and distributor of television channels distributed in over 140 countries and spanning a range of genres, including movie, lifestyle, entertainment, sports, children’s and factual.
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, during which he transformed Bravo from a small pay channel into a commercial network available to more than 68 million subscribers, launching hits like “Inside the Actors Studio” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Bravo was sold to NBC in 2002.
Carroll is the recipient of numerous industry honors, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s (NCTA) Programming Vanguard Award, NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Young Leadership and a PromaxBDA Brand Builders Award. 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. His speaking engagements include numerous industry conferences and events, as well as for student industry organizations and at SUNY New Paltz, his alma mater. He recently coached his son’s little League team to a .500 record.
As Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of AMC Networks, Christina Spade oversees the company’s financial operations, including treasury, tax, accounting, financial planning & analysis, as well as investor relations and global technology.
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, since 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™.
Before that, she was Senior Vice President, Affiliate Finance and Business Operations for Showtime Networks Inc., where she led the financial and business operations’ management of distribution revenue and sales, marketing and creative expenses for SNI.
Spade worked in different capacities at Showtime Networks during her over 21 years with the Company, including programming finance leadership and as a key steward of the successful implementation of various financial, operational and reporting systems. Prior to joining Showtime Networks, Spade was an audit manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Entertainment, Media and Communications practice.
Spade is currently a member of the board of directors for the T. Howard Foundation and a New York City Chapter Board member of Financial Executives International. She founded and is president of ATR Children’s Foundation, which is a non-profit organization established to help children in need. Spade was selected as a 2017 WICT Wonder Woman and served as an executive mentor in WICT’s mentorship program.
She is a CPA and graduated with a B.S. in accounting from St. Joseph’s University.
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 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.
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. Aidan J. 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 Thomas C. Dolan, Patrick Dolan and Brian G. Sweeney.
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.
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