President of Programming and Production
Zack Van Amburg is President of Programming and Production for 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 Game of Silence for NBC, The Goldbergs, Dr. Ken, the 2015 Emmy-winning Shark Tank and companion series Beyond the Tank for ABC, as well as the upcoming Houdini and Doyle for Fox. The studio also boasts a prolific roster of primetime cable series that includes Better Call Saul and Preacher for AMC, Masters of Sex for Showtime, Damages and Justified for FX, Outlander for Starz, and Outsiders and Underground for WGN America. SPT is also producing a number of series for multiplatform entertainment networks such as Bloodline and The Get Down for Netflix, Sneaky Pete for Amazon, Powers for PlayStation, and Shut Eye for Hulu.
Under his leadership, Van Amburg has had two Emmy award winning shows, Rescue Me and Breaking Bad, which has been 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.
Previously, Van Amburg had served as senior vice president of development and cable programming for SPT since 2002. He was vice president for Columbia TriStar Domestic Television, which has since become SPT. He joined the studio in 1997 as director of development. 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).
Van Amburg graduated from Georgetown University with honors with a BA in English Literature.