Epix Original Series Chief Jocelyn Diaz to Depart

Jocelyn Diaz - P 2015
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Jocelyn Diaz - P 2015

She leaves after Michael Wright was named president of the premium TV service.

Jocelyn Diaz is leaving Epix as head of original programming.

Her exit from the pay TV service as executive vp original programming follows Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer naming Michael Wright as president of Epix. Wright began his new role Dec. 4, working out of MGM's headquarters in Los Angeles.

"Jocelyn has done a wonderful job leading Epix’s introduction of original scripted programming, which has been an important part of the network’s growing popularity with viewers. We sincerely appreciate and thank her for her efforts and we wish her well as she leaves us to pursue other opportunities," Wright said in a statement Wednesday.

Diaz joined Epix in 2015 from Walt Disney, where she worked as a vp of production, specializing in the development and production of drama series. Her credits at Epix include Graves, starring Nick Nolte, the spy thriller Berlin Station and Get Shorty.

Epix launched in 2009 as a joint venture of Viacom, MGM and Lionsgate, and last year was taken over by MGM as part of a $1 billion deal.

Mark Greenberg, who launched Epix, stepped down from his role as president and CEO in September 2017. His replacement, Wright, reports to Epix chairman and CEO Gary Barber and is charged with bringing the network into its next stage of expanding original programming, as well as leading creative and marketing operations. (Business operations will continue to be overseen by Epix GM Monty Sarhan, who will work with MGM worldwide TV distribution president Chris Ottinger on distribution.)