Speaker Barry Jossen
President, A+E Studios
Barry Jossen is President and Head of A+E Studios. In his role, Jossen oversees all programming operations of this in-house scripted production arm of A+E Networks, including creative affairs, production, business operations, and strategy on all programming developed and produced by the studio.
Jossen's vision and execution have been integral to the successful start-up and growth of this new studio division. He has built the studio and overseen the assembly of a diverse development slate; the recruitment of A-list talent, including projects with David E. Kelley, Warren Littlefield, Robert Zemeckis, Charles Murray and Carlton Cuse; and the expansion of sales to networks outside of the A+E Networks portfolio.
Programs produced under Mr. Jossen's leadership include the hit drama series Big Sky from David E. Kelley, which has been renewed for a second season on ABC, Peabody Award-winning drama UnReal, Emmy nominated miniseries Roots and Project Blue Book for History, You with Berlanti Productions, and for Netflix both the animated drama The Liberator and upcoming series The Lincoln Lawyer, also from David E. Kelley and based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels.
Before joining A+E Studios, Jossen served as head of ABC Studios, where he was responsible for oversight of all studio operations and strategic planning, including creative development, current programming, production, post-production and music. Under his leadership, ABC Studios produced numerous groundbreaking series, including Lost, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal.
He founded and launched ABC Signature, a boutique studio that creates content for off-network and emerging platforms and helped grow ABC Studios' cable portfolio with such series as Perception, Cougar Town, and Lifetime’s Devious Maids and Army Wives. Jossen was also the founder of Disney’s Stage 9, an early initiative in its streaming ambitions.
Prior to ABC Studios, Jossen was an executive consultant for Imagine Television, where he supervised the production of 24 and Felicity, while developing additional projects for the studio. Before Imagine, he was executive producer on the series Grapevine and co-executive producer on Sex and the City. Previously, Jossen served as head of production at DreamWorks Television and producer at Lucasfilm Ltd.
Jossen’s honors include three Emmy nominations as a producer for Lost: Missing Pieces, Sex and the City, and Roots. He has won the CableACE Award for Best Drama Series for HBO’s Vietnam War Story and, most prestigiously, he won an Academy Award for producing the 1996 Live Action Shorty Film Dear Diary.
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