Monty Sarhan

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Monty Sarhan is the Executive Vice President of Programming of Epix, a U.S. premium television network.[1] He oversees the network's programming, acquisitions, and scheduling teams and is responsible for the network's short- and long-term programming strategy.[1] Part of the initial team that launched Epix in 2009, Sarhan was previously the Senior Vice President in charge of all business affairs for the network.[1] In that capacity, he worked on distribution, digital strategy, business development, programming and film acquisitions, and production deals for the network.[2] He also negotiated key agreements that allowed Epix to become the first premium network to offer subscribers access on Android devices, Roku, Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation.[3]

Sarhan left Epix briefly to serve as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of WWE,[4][2] a publicly traded entertainment company, before returning to lead Epix's programming acquisitions.[1]

Prior to joining Epix, Sarhan worked at Viacom Media Networks, a division of Viacom, where he handled a variety of transactions, including handling console and online gaming for the MTV Games group and Viacom's then-subsidiary Harmonix Music Systems.[5][6][2] He was part of the team that launched the successful Rock Band video game franchise.[7][2]

Sarhan is the former sole founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief [8] of Cracked Entertainment, the parent company of Cracked Magazine[9] and Cracked.com. In late 2005, Sarhan acquired the assets of Cracked Entertainment and reinvented the brand, taking it from a children's comics magazine [10] and relaunching it in 2006 as a comedy, satire and parody brand for 18- to 34-year-old men. Cracked.com[11] was launched in 2006 implementing Sarhan's new editorial formula [12] and has since grown to become one of the country's leading comedy sites. It is ranked in the top 400 of all U.S. sites.[13]

Prior to acquiring Cracked, Sarhan practiced corporate law in both Boston and New York City, including at the law firm White & Case.[2] He is a graduate of Tufts University, Boston University and Duke University Law School.[2] Sarhan remains active in fundraising and other activities for his alma mater.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "EPIX Names Monty Sarhan as Executive Vice President of Programming, Acquisitions, Strategy and Enterprises". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "WWE Names Monty Sarhan General Counsel". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  3. ^ "Sarhan, Monty Brief Biography". Reuters. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  4. ^ "WWE Hires New GC". Connecticut Law Tribune. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  5. ^ "Distinguished Alumni | Duke University About". About.duke.edu. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  6. ^ "Monty Sarhan". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  7. ^ "WWE hires man responsible for MTV Games' and Rock Band's success". The Palace of Wisdom. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  8. ^ "CRACKED Magazine Re-Launches - re> NEW YORK, Aug. 15 /PRNewswire/". New York: Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  9. ^ Wong, David. "America's Only Humor Site". Cracked.com. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  10. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Replay.waybackmachine.org. 2005-02-03. Archived from the original on February 3, 2005. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  11. ^ Wong, David. "America's Only Humor Site". Cracked.com. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  12. ^ "Monty Sarhan". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  13. ^ "Cracked.com Site Info". Alexa.com. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  14. ^ "Distinguished Alumni | Duke University About". About.duke.edu. Retrieved 2012-04-26.