Monty Sarhan is the Executive Vice President of Programming, Acquisitions, Strategy and Enterprises for EPIX, a premium television network that is a joint venture of Viacom, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and MGM.
Part of the original team that launched EPIX in 2009, he reports directly to President & CEO Mark Greenberg. As head of the programming department, Sarhan is responsible for the network’s overall programming strategy and manages the network’s program planning, scheduling, and acquisitions teams. He also oversees business affairs for programming deals, handling negotiations for theatrical output and library films, documentaries, specials, and digital content.
Sarhan was previously Senior Vice President at Viacom Media Networks, where he oversaw all business affairs for EPIX, negotiating key agreements that allowed EPIX to become the first premium network to offer subscribers access on Android devices, Roku, Xbox 360, and Sony PLAYSTATION. He also worked on EPIX’s industry-defining deal with Netflix. In 2013, Sarhan briefly served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs for WWE (NYSE: WWE), before returning to EPIX as head of the programming department.
Prior to joining EPIX, he was a Vice President in Viacom’s Media Networks division, handling all business and legal affairs for Viacom’s MTV Games group. A member of Viacom’s company-wide Gaming Council, Sarhan negotiated agreements with Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft that established MTV Games as a publisher and was part of the team that launched the hugely successful Rock Band video game franchise.
Sarhan began his career practicing law in the New York office of White & Case, a multi-national law firm. A graduate of Duke University’s School of Law, Sarhan earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University.