MGM picks Amblin, Turner alum Wright as president of Epix

Michael Wright will be tasked with expanding Epix’s original programming, creative and marketing efforts. (MGM)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has hired former Amblin Partners CEO and Turner alum Michael Wright as president of Epix as of Dec. 4.

Wright will be tasked with expanding Epix’s original programming, creative and marketing efforts.

Prior to working as CEO for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners—where he helped launch films since the company’s beginnings in 2015—Wright served as president and head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies.

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"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 Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of MGM, in a statement.

"EPIX, under MGM's ownership, is strongly positioned to excel as a provider of engaging, entertaining original content. This is an exciting time in our business, and I'm looking forward to working with Gary, the EPIX and MGM teams, to bring the best storytelling voices to the network and move EPIX into the next phase of its growth," said Wright in a statement.

MGM is getting ready to start production on its second Epix series, “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair,” and on the second season of its first Epix series, “Get Shorty.”

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The new appointment at Epix comes after earlier this year MGM spent more than $1 billion to buy out its Epix co-owners Variety and Lionsgate. In September, Epix CEO Mark Greenberg, who pushed for the creation of the Epix joint venture in 2008, departed the company.

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