About Monty

Monty Sarhan is the Executive Vice President of Programming, Acquisitions, Strategy and Enterprises at EPIX, a premium television network that is a joint venture of Paramount Pictures, MGM and Lionsgate.  He reports directly to Mark Greenberg, President & CEO of EPIX.

An early member of the EPIX team, Sarhan joined in early 2009 prior to the network's launch and served as Senior Vice President overseeing all business affairs for EPIX.  Sarhan left EPIX briefly in 2013 to serve as General Counsel of WWE (NYSE: WWE), a publicly-traded entertainment company with diversified businesses including film, television, live event, pay-per-view, home video, consumer products, digital, publishing, licensing, and international ventures.

As head of Business Affairs for EPIX, Sarhan handled the network's programming deals--both acquisitions (output titles, library films, documentaries, digital content) and original comedy specials and concerts (some recent EPIX specials include Lewis Black, Craig Ferguson, Eddie Izzard, Kevin Smith, Black Eyed Peas, Madonna and Britney Spears). He also worked on various business development opportunities, including "TV Everywhere" initiatives with cable and satellite operators.

Prior to joining EPIX, Sarhan was a Vice President at Viacom Media Networks, which encompasses several cable networks including MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Spike as well as over 50 leading Internet properties.  He handled console and online gaming transactions, including work for the MTV Games group as well as Viacom's then-subsidiary, Harmonix Music Systems.  These included software development, promotions and marketing events, deals with leading retailers, and transactions involving console manufacturers Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.  Monty worked on the launch of the Rock Band franchise, which included multiple sequels and the launch of The Beatles: Rock Band.  He also served on the Viacom-wide Gaming Council.

Before joining Viacom, Sarhan founded and ran two separate start-ups. The first was in the financial services/technology space.  He concluded exclusive deals with Ameritrade and NASDAQ's technology arm to provide trading systems to emerging stock markets and banks in developing markets.

Sarhan was also the sole founder and CEO of his second start-up, which was in the entertainment space.  He acquired and relaunched the famous CRACKED comedy brand, repositioning it for an entirely new demographic (18-34 males), and changing its format entirely by transitioning from a comics magazine to digital property (CRACKED.com) that featured daily written satire and comedy pieces on pop culture, sports and current events.  Monty also worked to leverage the brand into new areas, including television and publishing projects.

He began his career practicing law in the New York office of White & Case, LLP, a multi-national law firm.  Monty was an associate in the corporate department and handled a range of transactions with a focus on IP-related work.  He worked with clients including E*Trade, Pfizer, and the NFL.

A graduate of Duke University School of Law, Monty earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University.  He is married and lives with his wife, daughter and two sons in Manhattan.