In a career spanning over four decades, Matt Blank has made a significant and indelible mark on the entertainment industry. Currently, Blank serves as interim CEO of AMC Networks. He is also a Director of Cumulus Media and CuriosityStream and he previously served as an advisor to The Raine Group.
Blank spent more than 30 years at Showtime Networks, where he served in several senior leadership roles including 20 years as CEO (1995-2015), followed by roles as Chairman (2016-2017) and Advisor (2018). During his tenure, Blank helped transform Showtime into a world-class entertainment property and played a key role in helping the company expand beyond the traditional pay TV model with the successful launch of Showtime’s standalone streaming service.
Under his leadership, Showtime Networks grew from three premium networks, Showtime, The Movie Channel and Flix, to include 27 digital channels. In 2017, Showtime launched a new stand-alone streaming service now available through Amazon, Apple®, Google and Roku, as well as through Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Sony PlayStation Vue.
During Blank’s years as CEO, his team brought numerous award-winning original programs to Showtime, including Homeland, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Billions, Dexter, Weeds, The Circus, as well as decades of Showtime Championship Boxing featuring Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather and dozens of other boxing greats of our time. Showtime Boxing also provided the foundation for a pay-per-view enterprise that presented the lion’s share of the biggest pay-per-view-events of all time.
Blank was named president and chief operating officer of Showtime in 1991, after serving as executive vice president, Marketing, since joining the company in 1988. Before joining Showtime, Blank worked for Home Box Office Inc. for 12 years, departing as senior vice president of Consumer Marketing. Prior to HBO, Blank held marketing positions at American Express and Philip Morris.
Blank is active in numerous industry organizations. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) for nearly 25 years and remains on the board of The Cable Center. In 2013, he was honored by the Center for Communication with the Dr. Frank Stanton Award for Excellence in Communications. He was inducted into Broadcasting and Cable magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Cable Center Hall of Fame in 2009. He has garnered numerous industry awards, including the NCTA’s top honor, the Vanguard Award for Leadership in 2008. From CTAM (the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing), Blank received that organization’s highest honor in 2003. In March 2004, he was honored by Cable Positive with the Joel A. Berger Award for his contribution to the fight against AIDS.
Blank has also been honored by a number of other non-profit organizations. In 2001, he was the recipient of People for the American Way Foundation’s prestigious “Spirit of Liberty” award at its 17th annual gala. In 2003, he was honored with the UJA-Federation of NY’s Entertainment Media & Communications Division Award, and in 2004 he was presented with the Lifetime Visionary Award by the Israel Film Festival. In 2006, The T. Howard Foundation honored him for his and Showtime Networks’ efforts in support of diversity. In 2007, Blank was honored by The Innocence Project for the Showtime production of the award-winning documentary After Innocence, which made a significant contribution to advancing an understanding of the plight of the wrongfully convicted.
Blank has been a Trustee of the Harlem Children’s Zone for almost 20 years. He also serves as a Trustee of the Museum of the Moving Image, The Creative Coalition, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Theatre Club who honored him at their 2017 gala.
Blank is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and holds an M.B.A. from Baruch College. He resides in New York City with his wife, Susan McGuirk.