Premium entertainment network EPIX today announced that it has named Ben Tappan, former Senior Vice President of Television at Landscape Entertainment, as Vice President for Scripted Programming. Reporting directly to Jocelyn Diaz and based in Los Angeles, Benjamin will be working on the development & production of EPIX's current and upcoming slate of scripted content, as well as actively pursuing new projects for development.

As part of his role, Mr. Tappan will work closely on the production and development of EPIX's first two original series, GRAVES and BERLIN STATION, which head into production this fall.

"We're thrilled to have Ben Tappan join our team as we ramp up our efforts in scripted programming," said Jocelyn Diaz, EVP, Original Programming of EPIX. "Ben's passion and dedication for quality scripted content is exactly the type of talent we look to bring into our company."

"The opportunity to get in on the ground floor in scripted development for a premium network is a dream come true. From the moment I sat down with Jocelyn and the team at EPIX, I was sold on their passion and their vision to expand into creating scripted content that was daring and distinctive. Seeing what they already have achieved in such a short period of time has been inspiring, and I'm honored to be a part of this extraordinary company."

In his previous role, Mr. Tappan oversaw day-to-day operations of the TV department for Landscape Entertainment's first look series deal with eOne television and Limited Series deal with Fox for projects including DIAMOND IN THE SKY, RAVEN ROCK, NO ORDINARY TIME and LIFE IN SHADOWS.

About EPIX

EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on digital devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of "TV Everywhere." It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at and was the first premium network to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android phones and tablets, and Roku® players. EPIX is also available across Chromecast, Apple® iPhones® and iPads®, Android TV and more and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 50 million homes nationwide. For more information about EPIX, go to Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD ( and on Facebook (, YouTube (, Instagram (, Google+ (, Pinterest ( and Vine (

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