Josh Sapan is president and CEO of AMC Networks Inc., which owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television: AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, and IFC Films.
One of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and visionary executives, Mr. Sapan is credited with transforming basic cable into a leading entertainment destination with original series that include AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men,” and “Breaking Bad”; IFC’s “Portlandia”; Sundance Channel’s “Rectify” and “Top of the Lake”; and WE tv’s “Braxton Family Values.”
Named CEO in 1995, Mr. Sapan led the company’s successful spin-off from Cablevision Systems Corp. in June 2011, when AMC Networks began trading as a separate public company on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange.
In addition to spearheading the evolution of the company’s cable channels, Mr. Sapan has been instrumental in bringing independent film to a wide audience through the company’s IFC Films distribution label. By pioneering a strategy of same-day theatrical and video-on-demand film release, Mr. Sapan created a new model for film distribution that is now widely used throughout the movie industry.
Mr. Sapan was lauded by Fast Company magazine as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business,” and was a recipient of the 2012 Paley Prize for Innovation and Excellence. Mr. Sapan has been inducted into the Cable Center Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and has received many other industry honors.