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Ben Tappan Joins Epix at VP of Scripted Programming

As it continues its push into original series, Epix announced Monday that it has hired Ben Tappan as vice president of scripted programming.

Tappan, the former SVP of television at Landscape Entertainment, will be working on the development and production of Epix’s current and upcoming slate of scripted content. He will also actively pursue new projects for development. He will be based in Los Angeles and will report directly to Jocelyn Diaz, Epix’s EVP of original programming.

“We’re thrilled to have Ben Tappan join our team as we ramp up our efforts in scripted programming,” said Diaz. “Ben’s passion and dedication for quality scripted content is exactly the type of talent we look to bring into our company.”

Among Epix’s projects include its first two original programs: The Nick Nolte comedy “Graves” and the 10-part espionage thriller “Berlin Station.” Both begin production this fall.

“The opportunity to get in on the ground floor in scripted development for a premium network is a dream come true,” said Tappan. “From the moment I sat down with Jocelyn and the team at Epix, I was sold on their passion and their vision to expand into creating scripted content that was daring and distinctive. Seeing what they already have achieved in such a short period of time has been inspiring, and I’m honored to be a part of this extraordinary company.”

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