Business of Entertainment

Jeff Sagansky

Producer and Media Investor
Former Studio and Network Executive

Jeff Sagansky is President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as a member of the Board of Directors, for Paxson Communications Corporation. His career encompasses over 20 years in the television and motion picture business at various senior management positions.

Prior to joining PAX TV, Mr. Sagansky was most recently Co-President of Sony Pictures Entertainment where he was responsible for Sony Entertainment’s worldwide television operations, international business initiatives and strategic planning functions. Previously, Mr. Sagansky was Executive Vice President of Sony Corporation of America from September 1994 to October 1996, where he supervised Sony Retail Entertainment, SW Networks and new business development, including the highly successful launch of the Sony PlayStation.

Prior to joining Sony, he was President of CBS Entertainment, where he engineered CBS’s ratings rise from third to first place in eighteen months. Under his leadership, CBS developed such critically-acclaimed series as The Nanny, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Touched By An Angel, Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, and Northern Exposure.

From 1989 to 1990 Mr. Sagansky was President of TriStar Pictures and was TriStar’s President of Production from 1985 to 1989. While at TriStar, he developed and oversaw production of a wide variety of successful films, including Look Who’s Talking, Peggy Sue Got Married, Steel Magnolias, Glory and About Last Night.

Before joining TriStar, he was Senior Vice President in charge of Series Programming for NBC Entertainment from 1982 to 1985, At NBC, he was involved in developing hit prime-time series including Family Ties, Cheers, The Cosby Show, Miami Vice, and Highway to Heaven; shows that brought that network to the top of the ratings.

From 1979 to 1982, he was Vice President of Development for the David Gerber Company. Prior to that he held positions at NBC Entertainment including Director, Dramatic Development in 1978 and Manager, Film Programs in 1977. Previously he worked as a financial analyst for CBS Broadcast Group from 1976 to 1977.

Mr. Sagansky received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard Business School. Currently, he serves on the boards of the International Council for the national Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Jewish Television Network and recently co-chaired the 30th Anniversary Endowment Fundraising for the L.A. Free Clinic.