EPIX NAMES JOCELYN DIAZ AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
Former Walt Disney Executive Joins Premium Network to Advance Original Series Development and Production
NEW YORK, NY (January 13, 2015) – EPIX, the first premium entertainment network created to capitalize on the “TV Everywhere” era, today announced that it has named Jocelyn Diaz, former Vice President of Production at Walt Disney Studios, as Executive Vice President for Original Programming. Ms. Diaz, a specialist in drama series development and production, has more than 12 years’ experience launching, producing, and overseeing the successful execution of award-winning series and films at Walt Disney, HBO, and ABC Television.
“At EPIX, our core strategy has always been to tell great stories, whether it’s through powerful documentaries like The Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football or series for passionate fans like The Road to the NHL Winter Classic. With Jocelyn on board, we’re going to be able to take this to a new level with original scripted series that resonate with our viewers,” said Mark Greenberg, President and CEO of EPIX. “To be successful at originals you must be authentic – and that’s exactly what Jocelyn brings to the table.”
“I am thrilled to join EPIX and its wonderful team,” said Ms. Diaz. “I look forward to overseeing strategy for our original series and meeting consumer needs on their terms with compelling content and original series that provide a unique and full-spectrum entertainment experience.”
In her previous role at Walt Disney Studios, Ms. Diaz oversaw all aspects of live action feature development and production, including Into the Woodsand Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Prior to that, she was Head of Drama Series and Vice President at HBO, where she managed dramatic pilot and series development and launches, including Boardwalk Empire and Big Love. She also worked on the award-winning series Lost, Ugly Betty, Pushing Daisies, NYPD Blue, The Practice and The Drew Carey Show while at ABC Television.
She holds a BA in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Virginia.
EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and was the first premium network to launch on Chromecast, XBox 360, PlayStation®, iOS, Android tablets, Windows 8.1 and Roku® players. EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads® and iPhones® and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.
EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 50 million homes nationwide. 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), Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+EPIX), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX) and Vine (https://vine.co/EPIX).
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