BBC Studios boss Tim Davie and AMC Networks chief Josh Sapan will address ‘the Big Shift’ in the business of making and selling content with keynote addresses at MIPCOM in Cannes in October.MIPCOM is the biggest content market in the TV calendar and Davie and Sapan are the first big-name speakers announced by its organizer, Reed Midem. Setting “the Big Shift” as the theme for this year’s conference strand, it said top-level industry figures will tackle the seismic shifts in...
As CEO of AMC Networks since 1995, Josh Sapan has worked tirelessly to ensure all of AMC Networks’ properties — now including cable channels AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and BBC America (a joint venture with BBC Worldwide) as well as IFC Films, Sundance Selects, and AMC Networks International — uphold the company’s high standards for quality and originality.
His efforts have built the company into one of the most influential entertainment brands in existence today. Early gambles like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” paid off in ratings, critical acclaim, and awards while rebranding the former American Movie Classic’s channel into a go-to network for original drama. It also spurred other cable networks to invest in original scripted fare.
Sapan used the lessons learned from that experience to help IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv redefine their brands and offer content specific to those audiences, like IFC’s “Portlandia” and “Documentary Now!” and SundanceTV’s “Rectify” and “The Honorable Woman.”
A recent $65 million investment and partnership agreement in RLJ Entertainment is a strategic move to bolster AMC Networks’ digital and international expansion plans, building upon RLJ’s streaming experiences with AcornTV and Urban Movie Channel, and content opportunities Acorn’s UK-based production arm.