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The Paley Center for Media Presents Josh Sapan, President and CEO, AMC Networks Inc., for Media Council Breakfast on April 16

Friday, April 12, 2013

New York, NY April 12, 2013—AMC Networks is on fire. They're the only cable channel to win four consecutive Outstanding Drama Series Emmys for Mad Men, the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead logged 12.3 million viewers, and their stocks have hit an all-time high. So what's their secret? AMC Networks President and CEO Josh Sapan joins the Media Council in New York for our roundtable breakfast series on April 16 with moderator and Keep Holdings Founder, Chairman, and CEO Scott Kurnit.

This event will be streamed live at 8am ET (/mc-joshua-sapan-april-16), and we will be taking questions at the end via our Twitter account @Media_Council, and recapping the event with the hashtag #PaleyLive. If you miss the stream, the full event video will be available by noon ET on the same site. 

This event is exclusive to Media Council members and other invited guests. To RSVP for this event, or to find out if you're eligible to join the Media Council, contact Stephanie Kousoulas at 212-621-6732 or

Josh Sapan, President and CEO, AMC Networks Inc.

One of entertainment’s premier innovators and a pioneer in the cable industry, Josh Sapan leads AMC Networks Inc., which owns and operates popular and award-winning brands: AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, and IFC Films. Under his leadership for the past 26 years, AMC Networks is the fastest growing programming group in the country, and was the only programming group selected by Fast Company as one of the "Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Film & TV" in 2010. Among Sapan’s many achievements was the evolution of AMC from a classic movie channel into one of today’s leading entertainment destinations. With quality originals like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and favorite films from every genre and decade, AMC is known as home to the best stories on television. In 2011, the network made television history when it won the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series - Drama for three consecutive years. Sapan also spearheaded the development of the Bravo network. Launched in 1980, the network made arts and culture an essential part of the television landscape. Sapan’s oversight of Bravo’s growth included the creation of such notable programs as Inside the Actors Studio and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which resulted in its sale to NBC in 2002. Sapan, who was recognized by Fast Company in 2010 as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business,” serves on the board of The Cable Center, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) Educational Foundation, the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Foundation, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Foundation. Sapan was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s (NCTA) Vanguard Award for Programmers and Vanguard Award for Marketing, CTAM’s Grand TAM Award, and Chairman’s Award, the Association of Cable Communicators’ (ACC) President’s Award, a PROMAX Brand Builder Award, the T. Howard Foundation’s Executive Leadership Award, the Joel A. Berger Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS, and the Media Financial Management Association’s Avatar Award. In addition, Sapan serves on the board of People for the American Way, WNYC Radio, and The New School University. Sapan is the author of Cable TV, published by Random House, and is a published poet with his works appearing in more than twenty literary magazines.