Michael Wright has been named president of MGM-owned television network Epix.
Reporting to CEO Gary Barber, Wright is tasked with leading the company into its next phase of original programming, leading creative and marketing efforts. Working out of MGM’s headquarters in Los Angeles, Wright will begin his new role Dec. 4.
Wright’s appointment comes following Mark Greenberg’s exit as president in September after nearly 10 years with the company.
Previously, Wright was the CEO of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, which he helped launch in 2015. Under Wright’s leadership, the company most recently released the films The Girl on the Train, Office Christmas Party and A Dog’s Purpose, and prepared the upcoming films The Post, Ready Player One, and The House with a Clock in its Walls.
Prior to joining DreamWorks Studios in 2014, Wright was president, head of programming for TBS, TNT, and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Wright programmed series including The Closer, Into the West, Southland, Men of a Certain Age and Falling Skies for TNT, and Conan, My Boys, Cougar Town and Angie Tribeca for TBS.
For TCM, Wright oversaw the development and production of the Emmy-nominated doc Moguls and Movie Stars: The History of Hollywood, the TCM: A Night at the Movies franchise, and the Emmy winning AFI: Lifetime Achievement Award specials.
“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,” said Barber, in a statement.
Business operations will continue to be overseen by Monty Sarhan, EVP and GM for EPIX. Sarhan will also work closely with Chris Ottinger, MGM’s president, worldwide television distribution & acquisitions on all distribution matters.