As Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Steven Pontillo oversees the strategic use and deployment of technologies throughout AMC Networks and its popular and award-winning national cable television networks AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios).
Pontillo is responsible for identifying new opportunities for technology to assist in company planning, decision-making, and operations by developing and implementing effective technological solutions using emerging technology. He also oversees the broadcasting & technology, post production, and information systems departments.
During his career, Pontillo has held a number of key positions within AMC Networks as well as its former parent company, Cablevision Systems Corporation.
Pontillo is credited with many technological achievements at AMC Networks, including the design and implementation of the AMC Networks Broadcasting and Technology Center. This state-of-the-art technical Facility consolidates both origination and satellite communications functions in one 62,000 square foot facility and keeps AMC Networks at the forefront of technology, providing both standard- and high-definition digital infrastructure. During his tenure, Steven has also been responsible for the technical facility and distribution design of many major programming services, including the cable television networks of AMC Networks, the global channels of AMC and SundanceTV, as well as third party clients MSG Network, MSG Plus, MSG Varsity, fuse, and numerous other regional and national sports networks.
Additionally, Pontillo spearheaded the design and implementation of the company’s Media Asset Management system, which allows for digital asset storage and retrieval of all media types along with the implementation of AMC Networks’ RightsLogic rights management system.
Pontillo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the New York Institute of Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of New York. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), National Society of Cable Television Engineers (SCTE) and serves on several advisory boards in the cable and broadcast industries.