Michael Wright, previously the CEO of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, has been named president of the premium pay-TV network EPIX.
Wright will take up his new role on December 4, working out of MGM’s headquarters in Los Angeles. He will be reporting to Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of MGM. Wright will be charged with leading EPIX into its next phase of expanded original programming, leading creative and marketing efforts.
Business operations will continue to be overseen by Monty Sarhan, executive VP and general manager for EPIX. Sarhan will also work closely with Chris Ottinger, MGM’s president of worldwide television distribution and acquisitions, on all distribution matters.
Barber said, “We are thrilled to welcome Michael into the MGM family. 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.”
Wright commented: “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.”