×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Epix Taps Former Amblin Partners CEO Michael Wright as President

Epix is getting a new boss: MGM has recruited Michael Wright, who recently stepped down as CEO of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, has been named president of premium cable network.

Wright’s appointment comes after Mark Greenberg exited as Epix’s president and CEO after nearly 10 years at the helm of the venture he helped form. Wright will start on Dec. 4, based at MGM’s headquarters in Los Angeles, reporting to Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of MGM.

Wright will oversee Epix’s original programming, leading creative and marketing efforts. Business operations will continue to be overseen by Monty Sarhan, EVP and GM for Epix, who will also work with Chris Ottinger, MGM’s president of worldwide television distribution and acquisitions, on all distribution matters.

“We are thrilled to welcome Michael into the MGM family,” Barber said in a statement. “His television industry experience and creative instincts are the perfect combination to help us execute on our original content strategy for Epix and drive additional value creation for MGM overall.”

Epix’s executive shuffle comes after MGM reached a $1 billion deal to buy out the stakes of Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures in the venture. The three studios had formed Epix in 2008.

Wright helped launch Amblin Partners in 2015, overseeing the company’s recently released films including “The Girl on the Train,” “Office Christmas Party” and “A Dog’s Purpose” as well as preparing upcoming films “The Post,” “Ready Player One,” and “The House with a Clock in its Walls” starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.

Prior to joining DreamWorks Studios in 2014, Wright was president, head of programming for TBS, TNT, and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). During his tenure at Turner, Wright shepherded through numerous series including “The Closer,” “Into the West,” “Southland,” “Men of a Certain Age” and “Falling Skies” for TNT, and “Conan,” “My Boys,” “Cougar Town” and “Angie Tribeca” for TBS.

Wright, in a statement provided by MGM, said, “Epix, under MGM’s ownership, is strongly positioned to excel as a provider of engaging, entertaining original content. This is an exciting time in our business, and I’m looking forward to working with Gary, the Epix and MGM teams, to bring the best storytelling voices to the network and move Epix into the next phase of its growth.”

More Film

  • Child's Play

    Film Review: 'Child's Play'

    Something happened to horror movies in the 1980s, the origins of which can be traced a few years earlier, to “Halloween” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”: The villains in brutally violent slasher movies became the heroes — or, at least, the characters audiences found themselves rooting for — which in turn created the opportunity for [...]

  • Radiohead - Thom YorkeRadiohead in concert

    Radiohead’s Thom Yorke to Release Solo Album Accompanied by Paul Thomas Anderson Film

    Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s new solo studio album, “Anima,” will be released digitally on June 27 on XL Recordings, he announced today. The album’s digital release will be accompanied by a “one-reeler,” also entitled “Anima,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (“Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “There Will Be Blood”) and set to three tracks from the new [...]

  • HKIFFS and Heaven Pictures

    Hong Kong Festival, China's Heaven Pictures Launch 'Back to Basics' Film Project Support

    The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) and China’s Heaven Pictures announced that they will award six Asian filmmakers RMB1 million ($145,000) in a joint project to demonstrate how high-quality films can still be made inexpensively. The six films that emerge from the new initiative, titled “Back to Basics (B2B): A Love Supreme,” will [...]

  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan in conversation at

    Shanghai: How Nuri Bilge Ceylan Sees the World so Differently

    At a masterclass on Thursday, Turkish film director Nuri Bilge Ceylan gave the initial impression of being an austere and unwilling participant. Wearing heavy glasses, keeping his coat on, and responding to questions rather than offering a class, his manner suggested that he was difficult. In China as the head of the Shanghai International Film [...]

  • SpiderMan Far From Home

    Hollywood Takes on Italy's Vacation-Heavy Summer Season With Blockbusters

    With upcoming movies such as “Toy Story 4,” “Men in Black: International” and “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” Hollywood studios are finally taking the plunge this year and slotting their blockbusters in Italian cinemas during the summer, a time when residents traditionally hit the beach en masse. For decades, the studios withheld their [...]

  • Easy Money

    Netflix Orders 'Snabba Cash' Series Based on Hit Movie Franchise from SF Studios

    Netflix has ordered a six-part original series based on the hit Swedish crime franchise “Snabba Cash” from SF Studios. Based on Jens Lapidus’s bestselling novels, the series is set in Stockholm’s gritty criminal underground ten years after the events depicted in the “Snabba Cash” (“Easy Money,” pictured) movie trilogy. The society has become even more [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content