Former EPIX exec returns to lead distribution partnerships and drive growth
NEW YORK, NY (June 27, 2018) – Premium television network EPIX announced today that it has named Courtney Menzel Executive Vice President, Content Distribution & Partnerships. Reporting to EVP and General Manager Monty Sarhan, Menzel will be responsible for determining EPIX’s distribution strategy on MVPD, OTT and SVOD platforms, leading negotiations with distribution partners and spearheading the EPIX affiliate sales and marketing functions.
Menzel brings over 20 years of media experience to EPIX, most recently at Discovery Communications, where she was Senior Vice President, Distribution and Partner Marketing. There she helped direct the company’s affiliate strategy, negotiated major contract renewals across top distributors and developed strategic marketing partnerships with key partners.
Previously, she served as Executive Vice President, Content Distribution and Partner Marketing at Current TV where she established strong relationships with distributors securing both existing and new carriage agreements. Menzel spent 14 years at Viacom in senior distribution and marketing roles, and also headed up distribution and marketing strategy for EPIX at the time of the network’s launch.
“Courtney and I worked together during EPIX’s early days, and we’re so excited to have her rejoin the EPIX family,” said Monty Sarhan, EVP and General Manager of EPIX. “Courtney is a consummate dealmaker and her relationships in the business are second to none. I know that she will be instrumental in helping us to build, strengthen and expand our distribution partnerships as we enter this new and exciting phase.”
Added President Michael Wright, “We’re pleased to have Courtney here to drive the next chapter of growth for the network.”
“I’m thrilled to be back working with the EPIX team, especially at such an exciting and important juncture for the network,” said Menzel. “I look forward to continuing to build the network, providing more subscribers with access to our incredible and growing slate of original content.”
Menzel has served on the board of CTAM as well as on a committee to develop Women in Cable and Telecommunications’ Senior Executive Summit at Stanford Business School. MultiChannel News named her a Woman to Watch in 2014 and CableFAX designated her one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable in 2012-2015. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Delaware.
EPIX, an MGM company, is a premium pay television network, delivering the latest movie releases and biggest classic film franchises, plus original programming including series, documentaries, and comedy specials – all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX became profitable in its first year of existence and is now available nationwide to 70 million homes through cable, telco, satellite and emerging digital distribution platforms. A pioneer in the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere,” EPIX was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android phones and tablets, and Roku® players. EPIX is also available across hundreds of consumer devices including Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, Amazon Fire TV, TiVo, Chromecast, and Android TV, delivering more movies than any other network with thousands of titles available for streaming. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHd (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX) and Snapchat @EPIXTV.