NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EPIX, the premium entertainment network, video on demand, and online service, today announced that Douglas A. Lee has joined the company as Executive Vice President of Programming Acquisitions, Strategy & Enterprises. Based at EPIX Headquarters in New York, Lee will oversee key programming areas including strategy, acquisition, program planning, and enterprises and report directly to EPIX CEO Mark Greenberg.
“I am thrilled to welcome Doug to the EPIX team as a head programmer,” said Greenberg. “I’ve known Doug for many years and we had the opportunity to work together earlier in our careers at HBO, so I know firsthand just how impactful he can be in an organization. Doug has great instincts and is exactly the kind of strategic forward thinking professional that is essential in this important role. Doug’s track record in creating successful new businesses combined with his studio experience at both MGM and 20th Century Fox and his cable experience at HBO makes him an ideal executive to oversee programming acquisition and scheduling at EPIX.”
Prior to joining EPIX, Lee served as Executive Vice President Worldwide Digital Media at MGM where he oversaw the studio’s entrance into the digital world. He negotiated the studio’s first digital deals with Apple iTunes, and Netflix among others. As the first executive hired at the studio by former MGM Chairman, Harry Sloan, Lee capitalized on his cable background while at the studio to develop the business plan and oversee the 2008 launch of MGM HD. While at MGM, Lee also served as a key member of MGM’s executive team that helped create the EPIX venture along with partners Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate.
Before MGM, Lee held executive posts at various media companies including HBO, 20th Century Fox, Universal Television, and Children’s Television Workshop working both domestically and internationally. His career highlights include spearheading News Corp’s acquisition of Star-TV, the leading satellite platform in Asia; creating Noggin, the first educational television channel, a joint venture between Nickelodeon and Children’s Television Workshop; launching HD Cinema for Voom, the HD satellite service; founding CRIME, a broadband service he started up with John Langley, “COPS” Creator and Executive Producer which they later sold to USA; channel startups at Sky TV U.K., Canal Fox in Latin America, and at HBO in the U.S.
“Joining EPIX is in many ways like coming home. It’s a company I have worked on since its creation and at its heart is the intersection of the studio and cable worlds, which is a perfect fit for my experience and the worlds in which I am well versed,” said Lee. “I am excited to be a part of the EPIX team and contribute to all the success they will continue to have in the future.”
Trained as a journalist and attorney, Lee graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and Georgetown University Law Center.
EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), is a next-generation premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service launched on October 30, 2009. With access to more than 15,000 motion pictures spanning the vast libraries of its partners and other studios, EPIX provides a powerful entertainment experience with more feature films on demand and online and more HD movies than any other service. It is the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up of new Hollywood titles, classic feature films, original series, music and comedy specials through the linear channel, video-on-demand and online at EpixHD.com, the leading online destination for movies. EPIX has made the commitment to deliver the industry’s most expansive online collection of movies, making more than 3,000 titles available on EpixHD.com. The service is available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS. In addition, Netflix members can instantly watch an array of new releases and library titles from EPIX streamed over the Internet from Netflix 90 days after they premiere in premium pay TV and on demand, giving EPIX another distribution channel to bring its films to more consumers.
For more information about EPIX, go to www.EpixHD.com.
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