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Epix programming chief exits

US premium cable network Epix is saying goodbye to its head of programming, Jocelyn Diaz.

Jocelyn DiazThe exec is leaving the MGM-owned network just under two months after former TNT, Amblin Partners and DreamWorks Studios chief Michael Wright was named president.

Former Disney exec Diaz has been with Epix since 2014, and is credited with its initial push into high-end original programming through shows such as Berlin Station and Get Shorty.

Variety described her departure as “amicable”, while Wright said: “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.”

On the doc front, Diaz oversaw production of programmes including America Divided and Serena.

“Working with the team at Epix over the past three years has been an incredible experience,” Diaz said. “We’ve created some really entertaining programming that has further defined Epix and helped the network stand out in a very crowded and competitive landscape.”

Last year, MGM became the sole owner of Epix, which has traditionally focused on movies, after Lionsgate sold its stake in order to focus on new asset Starz and Viacom shopped its holdings ahead of the launch of Paramount Network in the US this month.