Mark Garner is Executive Vice President, Global Content Sales and Business Development at A+E Networks. Mark’s focus is on the monetization of A+E Networks’ vast offering of owned and original content through partnerships with traditional and emerging content distribution platforms. He is also charged with optimizing A+E Networks’ creative IP through new business initiatives, inclusive of co-productions, FAST channel development, podcasting and global expansion.
Prior to joining A+E Networks, Mark worked as an executive at several start-up ventures, including a satellite broadcast network based in Johannesburg, South Africa where he successfully built the network’s distribution in 22 sub-Saharan countries. Prior to his time in South Africa, he led business development efforts for a direct-to-consumer, online automotive sales venture. Mark has also held positions at Lifetime Entertainment Services, MTV Networks and AT&T in sales, marketing and product management.
Mark has served as board member for profit and not for profit organizations including The Black News Channel (BNC) and the South Orange Performing Arts Center. He has also been active serving in industry associations throughout his career, serving as a board member of MIPCOM’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), and CTAM (the Cable Television Association of Marketing). Early in his career he chaired and served on the executive committee of NAMIC, the media industry’s leading organization for advocacy on behalf of people of color.
Mark earned his B.A. in Economics and Sociology from Stanford University. Born in Detroit and raised in the New York metropolitan area, he now resides in South Orange, New Jersey with his family.