EPIX Names Monty Sarhan as Executive Vice President of Programming, Acquisitions, Strategy and Enterprises
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Premium entertainment network EPIX—a joint venture of Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM—announced today that Monty Sarhan has been named Executive Vice President of Programming, Acquisitions, Strategy and Enterprises. Mr. Sarhan will lead EPIX’s program development, scheduling and acquisition teams and oversee the network’s overall programming strategy as well as its relationships with partner studios and key suppliers. Sarhan will be based in New York and report to President and CEO Mark Greenberg.
Part of the original team that launched EPIX in 2009, Sarhan previously served as the network’s Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs. He rejoins EPIX after serving as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of WWE.
“Monty was an integral part of EPIX’s early success and I couldn’t be more excited to be welcoming him back to the EPIX family,” said Mark Greenberg, President and CEO of EPIX. “His innovative thinking, ability to forge valuable partnerships and inherent leadership skills make him a natural fit for this role and we look forward to his contributions.”
As EPIX’s Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, Sarhan was responsible for the network’s distribution, digital strategy, business development initiatives, and programming deals. He negotiated key agreements that allowed EPIX to become the first premium network to offer subscribers access on Android devices, Roku, Microsoft Xbox and Sony PLAYSTATION.
“I’m extremely excited to be coming home to EPIX. Having been a part of the EPIX family since the beginning, I am passionate about the network and proud of how far we’ve come over a short period of time,” said Sarhan. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Mark and my friends once again and look forward to being a part of EPIX’s promising future.”
A graduate of Duke University’s School of Law, Sarhan earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife, daughter and two sons.
EPIX is the newest premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases, classic library titles, plus original films, comedy, music and sports events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched October 2009 as the first multiplatform premium network with online accessibility for subscribers through EpixHD.com, EPIX pioneered the development and proliferation of TV Everywhere for American consumers. EPIX was the first premium network to launch on Xbox consoles, first on Android tablets and phones, first on Roku® players and is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads®, iPhones®, Samsung® Smart TVs and Blu-ray™ players and more. Today EPIX remains the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up from new Hollywood hits to original programs on all platforms and provides more movies than any other premium network.
EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS.
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