Lisa Schwartz
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United States

IFC Films



IFC Films/Sundance Selects co-president Schwartz built the company infrastructure for its pioneering day-and-date business model. As full partner in all of IFC’s operations — under the AMC umbrella — she oversees the division’s strategy for seizing strategic partnerships that provide long-term stability, along with domestic and foreign distribution, for IFC Films. In 2010, she spearheaded the launch of IFC Midnight and was one of the architects behind the launch of Sundance Selects, which eyes American independents, documentaries and world cinema. Schwartz led the development of the Sundance Now streaming service. She joined IFC Films in 2006. Prior to that, she was senior VP for AMC Networks National Affiliate Sales.


  • IFC Films
  • AMC Networks
  • Sundance Selects


  • Cabrini College (PA, USA)
  • CTAM University (MD, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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ABC Bows 4 More Digital-Only Originals, Including Comedy From YouTube Star Lisa Schwartz

ABC Bows 4 More Digital-Only Originals, Including Comedy From YouTube Star Lisa Schwartz

ABC is boosting its digital-exclusive originals lineup with four new short-form series available for free on its apps and website, including a sitcom from YouTube actress-comedian Lisa Schwartz.The four new ABCd originals — arriving before the fall TV season kicks in — come after the network relaunched its free streaming services in July. That was anchored by seven short-form series, available only online, including shows starring Ty Burrell and Iliza Shlesinger. In addition, ABC added full seasons of 38 older shows from its library like "Ugly Betty," "Sports Night"...


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