Mark Garner is Executive Vice President, Global Content Sales and Business Development at A+E Networks. Garner’s remit is primarily focused on the development of strategy to monetize A+E Networks vast library of owned and original content through partnerships with traditional and emerging content distribution platforms. Garner is also charged with optimizing A+E Networks core creative business through developing new business inclusive of co-productions, podcasting and out-of-home distribution.
Prior to joining A+E Networks, Garner 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 to 22 sub-Saharan countries. Subsequent to his time in South Africa, he led business development efforts for a direct-to-consumer, on-line automotive sales venture. Garner also held positions at Lifetime Entertainment Services, MTV Networks and AT&T (formerly Pacific Bell) in sales, marketing and product management.
Garner is a current board member of The Black News Channel (BNC); MIPCOM Diversity & Inclusion; and The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG). He also recently served on the board of directors for the industry association CTAM and has served as a Governor on the board of the South Orange Performing Arts Center. Garner has chaired and served on the executive committee of NAMIC, the media industry’s leading organization for advocacy on behalf of people of color.
Garner 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.