Epix just named Jonathan Dakss as Chief Digital Officer, reporting directly to Rob Sussman, GM and EVP, Business Operations and Strategy. His hiring comes following the arrest in April of Epix’s former digital chief Emil Rensing who was accused of defrauding his company more than $8 million. Specifically, he was hit with two counts of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. Epix is owned by Viacom, MGM and Lionsgate.
Dakss will be based in New York and lead the digital team in “continuing to build digital products, advancing the user experience, and collaborating with distribution partners to pioneer authentication across devices and platforms.” Dakss joins the company from NBCUniversal where he was VP of Media Labs, the company’s tech innovation incubation division.
In that previous post, Dakss oversaw programs focused on Virtual Reality and 360 video, Social TV and “second screen” experiences, advanced content discovery and metadata usage, real-time video caption translation. He also served leadership roles in converged media, emerging media technology, and interactive media product development.
Before that, Dakss had his own company called WatchPoint Media which was sold to GoldPocket Interactive, where Dakss launched digital video products on Time Warner Cable, DISH, Cablevision and Comcast.
“Jonathan’s experience developing new revenue-generating products and business solutions at digital powerhouse NBCUniversal will be a great asset to the EPIX team,” said Sussman.