Josh Sapan
United States

AMC Networks


President / CEO

As CEO of AMC Networks since 1995, Sapan has grown its cable portfolio to include AMC, IFC, Sundance TV, WE tv and BBC America. Gambles such as “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” paid off in ratings, acclaim and awards while rebranding the former American Movie Classics into a go-to for original drama. Then he used the lessons he learned from repositioning mothership AMC to help the other channels redefine their brands, with mission accomplished apparent in IFC’s “Portlandia” and “Documentary Now!” and BBC America’s “Killing Eve.” New acquisition Acorn TV, which specializes in British dramas and mysteries, joins Shudder, Sundance Now and Urban Movie Channel (UMC) in AMC’s SVOD portfolio, adding subscribers at a rapid clip. 


  • AMC Networks
  • Cable Hall of Fame


  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (WI, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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AMC Networks Chief Josh Sapan Saw 2018 Compensation Drop to $20 Million

AMC Networks Chief Josh Sapan Saw 2018 Compensation Drop to $20 Million

AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan saw his 2018 compensation fall 30% from the previous year to $20.5 million.Sapan earned a salary of $2 million and a bonus of $4.6 million, according to AMC Networks' annual proxy filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Sapan also received stock awards valued at $13.8 million. In 2017, Sapan received a bonus of $13.2 million and a slightly higher stock award.Sapan's 2018 compensation is 293 times the median salary of $70,103 of AMC Networks' global...


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