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IFC Films co-president Lisa Schwartz to exit at end of year

Lisa Schwartz, co-president of AMC Networks’ IFC Films division, is stepping down at the end of the year. The executive (pictured), who joined the New York-headquartered producer-distributor in 2006, led its ...
November 12, 2020

Lisa Schwartz, co-president of AMC Networks’ IFC Films division, is stepping down at the end of the year.

The executive (pictured), who joined the New York-headquartered producer-distributor in 2006, led its business strategy, distribution and strategic partnerships as co-president.

Most recently, she oversaw its foray into streaming by creating and launching IFC Films Unlimited, which features films from the IFC Films, Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight distribution labels.

Schwartz previously spearheaded development of the company’s Sundance Now subscription video on demand service, which launched in 2014.

She also helped create IFC Films’ day-and-date distribution model, releasing independent films in theaters as well as on VOD.

Prior to joining the division, she served as SVP of national accounts for AMC Netowkrs’ distribution group and was responsible for distribution and contract negotiations for all distributors for several of AMC Networks and VOD services.

Previously, Schwartz held various key affiliate distribution positions within the company.

“Lisa is an extraordinary business person who finds and creates value and business opportunities in a
way that is quite rare,” Josh Sapan, AMC Networks president and CEO, said in a statement. “I know her keen commercial instincts and creativity will lead her to do many more great things.”

“In an extraordinary year like no other, extraordinary and innovative approaches were developed which kept IFC Films at the forefront of film distribution,” Schwartz added. “I’m very proud to have been a part of
the leadership team that forged ahead and accomplished the incredible success the business has achieved, particularly over the past couple of years. I look forward to taking that spirit of innovation and creativity with me into my next chapter.”

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