As President of Distribution and Development, Josh Reader is responsible for pursuing new partnerships, identifying new business opportunities and growth initiatives, and working with AMC Networks’ senior management on corporate strategic planning and business development to drive greater value from the company’s portfolio of businesses and brands.
Reader was most recently Senior Vice President of distribution and New Content Partnerships, in which he managed licensing and affiliate marketing for the company’s national networks and subscription video on demand services while identifying and managing distribution and partnership opportunities for the company’s content on new and emerging digital platforms.
Reader has also been a critical player in AMC Networks’ strategic investments. In 2014, he served as a lead negotiator in developing the BBC AMERICA joint venture with BBC Studios, and currently represents AMC Networks on the joint BBC AMERICA Operations Committee. Reader also serves on the BBC AMERICA Editorial Committee and in 2018, he was a key participant in finalizing an investment in Adaptive Studios, a pioneering entertainment studio specializing in short and long form digital content. He now serves as AMC Networks’ representative on the Adaptive Studios Board of Directors.
Reader first joined AMC Networks in 2011 as Director of Business Development and Advanced Platforms, and was promoted to Vice President of Distribution in 2013 and Senior Vice President of Distribution in 2014. Prior to joining AMC Networks, Reader was an associate with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in Mergers and Acquisitions and Leveraged Finance.
Reader received his B.A. in History with Honors from Brown University, and went on to attend the Foreign Student’s Program at Peking University in Beijing, China. Upon his return to the United States he received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.