Josh Sapan
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United States

AMC Networks


President / CEO

As CEO of AMC Networks since 1995, Sapan has grown the company’s cable portfolio to include AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, We TV and BBC America. Gambles such as “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” 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 and offer content specific to those audiences, with mission accomplished apparent in IFC’s “Portlandia” and “Documentary Now!” and BBC America’s “Killing Eve.” Where Sapan has also succeeded is in running AMC Networks as more than discrete channels but rather a content-focused whole ready to adapt to new distribution and expansion models.


  • Bravo Media
  • AMC Networks
  • Cable Hall of Fame


  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (WI, USA)

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Listen: Josh Sapan on Why Small Is Beautiful for AMC Networks

Listen: Josh Sapan on Why Small Is Beautiful for AMC Networks

Josh Sapan knows that AMC Networks is a small fish swimming in a sea of giants these days. But the CEO of the cable channel group is confident about navigating the choppy waters ahead as the TV marketplace adjusts to the premium-content playbook that has defined AMC's success for more than a decade."We don't need to dominate the planet in order to be extraordinarily successful," Sapan says.Welcome to Strictly Business, Variety's weekly podcast featuring conversations with industry leaders about the...


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