PRESIDENT AND CEO, AMC NETWORKS INC.
One of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and visionary executives, Josh Sapan is the president and CEO of AMC Networks, which includes the entertainment brands AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films; the streaming services Sundance Now, Shudder, Acorn TV, and Urban Movie Channel (UMC); AMC Studios; and AMC Networks International. He was named CEO in 1995.
Under Mr. Sapan’s leadership, AMC Networks has become known for its groundbreaking programming. The company is responsible for award-winning, culturally significant hits including Killing Eve, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, Portlandia, Rectify, Top of the Lake, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and many more.
Mr. Sapan has been a pioneer in bringing independent film to wide audiences through the award-winning film distribution labels IFC Films, Sundance Selects, and IFC Midnight, which have distributed hundreds of films, including the Oscar- and Golden Globe Award–winning Boyhood, the critically acclaimed The Death of Stalin, and the Oscar-nominated 45 Years, to name just a few. In 2005, Mr. Sapan opened the IFC Center in New York City’s Greenwich Village, home to DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in the United States.
Mr. Sapan currently serves on the boards of the American Film Institute, the Paley Center for Media, the Museum of the Moving Image, and NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. He is also a member of the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and of New York Public Radio.