Jonathan Katz is the President of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. In his role, Katz oversees the company’s operating businesses, including the Redbox, Crackle, and Popcornflix streaming services, Redbox’s DVD rental business with over 36,000 kiosks, and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s distribution group and original content studios.
Katz is an accomplished entrepreneur with a distinguished television industry career. He is best known as the founder of the Katz Networks, a pioneering digital over-the-air networks company whose portfolio included broadcast networks Bounce (African American), Escape (true-crime), Grit (westerns), Laff (comedy), and Court TV, along with corresponding free ad-supported on demand and streaming services.
Prior to Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Katz was the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Entertainment for the Scripps Networks, the national television business of The E.W. Scripps Company, where he led the ION broadcast network and the Katz Networks’ portfolio (acquired by Scripps in 2017). During his tenure, he also launched reality-based linear and streaming networks Defy TV and TrueReal.
Previously, Katz was Senior Vice President & General Manager, Worldwide Program Planning & Acquisitions for the Turner Entertainment Group, leading the division responsible for acquiring all licensed and key original content for Turner’s Entertainment Networks (TBS, TNT, TCM, Court TV/Tru TV) and Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media businesses (Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang) as well as The WB broadcast network. Among the many high-profile acquisitions secured under his leadership were Friends, Seinfeld, The Office, Sex and the City, and Everybody Loves Raymond. Original content he negotiated included Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, bringing Family Guy back after cancellation as a co-production between the Fox broadcast network and Adult Swim, and the agreement with Lucasfilm that brought Star Wars: Clone Wars to Cartoon Network. His group was also responsible for acquiring thousands of movie titles for Turner’s networks and crafted numerous groundbreaking models for broad digital rights grants that became new standards throughout the industry. Katz concurrently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of WTBS-TV in Atlanta.