Zack Van Amburg
Sony Pictures Television
Zack Van Amburg is president of Sony Pictures Television (SPT).
Since Van Amburg’s appointment in 2005, the slate has more than doubled with original network primetime series such as The Blacklist and Timeless for NBC, The Goldbergs, Dr. Ken, the 2016 Emmy-winning Shark Tank and companion series Beyond the Tank for ABC, and Kevin Can Wait and the Young and the Restless for CBS. The studio also boasts a prolific roster of primetime cable series that includes Better Call Saul and Preacher for AMC, Outlander for Starz, and Outsiders and Underground for WGN America. SPT is also producing a number of series for multiplatform entertainment networks such as the award winning series The Crown, Bloodline, The Get Down, Atypical and One Day at a Time for Netflix, Sneaky Pete for Amazon, and Shut Eye and Future Man for Hulu.
Under his leadership, Van Amburg has had two Emmy award winning shows, Rescue Me and Breaking Bad, which has inducted into the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, allowing for researchers and visitors alike to explore how TV drama has influenced American life. Van Amburg originated the division and secured multiple prime-time cable series that include Emmy Award-winning The Shield for FX, Huff for Showtime, as well as Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for TBS, along with many others. The studio’s large library also includes additional Emmys (2 Best Dramas), Golden Globes, and several AFI and WGA Awards.
Van Amburg joined SPT in 1997 where he served as director of development. He then became vice president for Columbia TriStar Domestic Television, which has since become SPT. Van Amburg then served as senior vice president of development and cable programming for SPT. Prior to that appointment, he was director of development for Sony's Game Show Network, and also launched the cable network, America’s Talking (now MSNBC) for NBC. In addition, he has served as executive producer for several series for CNBC, and was a consultant for many series for Paramount Domestic Television.
In 2006, Van Amburg was elected to the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS.) He currently serves on the Peabody Advisory Board.
Van Amburg graduated from Georgetown University with honors with a BA in English Literature.