Michael Wright, President of EPIX, recently added the title of President, MGM Scripted Television. In this newly expanded new role, Wright oversees MGM Scripted Television’s development and production of scripted programming, growing the television content slate MGM produces for distribution around the world. In addition, he will continue to oversee all facets of the premium network EPIX, including expanding its slate of original programming, growing distribution and leading creative and marketing efforts.
In his first three years overseeing EPIX, Michael and his team dramatically expanded distribution, brought the network into the OTT space with the EPIX NOW app, tripled the amount of original programming, and more than doubled subscribers. Under his leadership, EPIX has launched several new original hit series, including the critically-acclaimed Godfather of Harlem, starring and produced by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker; Pennyworth, the origin story of Batman’s butler Alfred from DC and WBTV; dramedy Bridge & Tunnel, from writer/director Edward Burns; Belgravia, the limited series from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and producer Gareth Neame; the Emmy-nominated Laurel Canyon; andNFL: The Grind, from NFL Films and hosted by Rich Eisen. Coming in 2021 are gothic horror series Chapelwaite, starring Academy Award winner Adrien Brody and based on the short story Jerusalem’s Lot by Stephen King, true crime docuseries Fall River from acclaimed producer, Blumhouse Television, Fiasco, based on the podcast of the same name, and season two of War of the Worlds, starring Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern.
The award-winning MGM Scripted Television slate includes The Handmaid’s Tale(Hulu);Fargo(FX);Vikings(Amazon Prime);Clarice(CBS),Vikings: Valhalla(Netflix);Four Weddings and a Funeral(Hulu); Perpetual Grace LTD(EPIX); Get Shorty(EPIX); Condor(EPIX); and the recently announced Wednesday Addams (Netflix).
Prior to joining EPIX, Michael was the CEO of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, where he oversaw the release of such films as A Dog’s Purpose, Ready Player One, The Post, andThe House with a Clock in its Walls.Before Amblin, Michael was President of TBS, TNT, and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). During Michael’s tenure at Turner, he led TNT and TBS to the top of the cable charts for 10 straight years, programming some of the biggest hits on cable television including theThe Closer,Falling Skies,Into the West, andMen of a Certain Agefor TNT,andConan, My Boys,andAngie Tribecafor TBS. For TCM, Michael oversaw the production of the Emmy nominated documentaryMoguls and Movie Stars: The History ofHollywood, the acclaimedTCM: A Night at the Movies franchise, and the Emmy winningAFI: Lifetime Achievement Award specials.
Michael is part of the Television Academy Foundation, the Executive Board of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and is on the Board of Governors for The Paley Center.