Advisory Board Members
Award-winning producer and television and film executive Barry Jossen was named Executive Vice President of A+E Studios in February 2014.
In his role, Jossen oversees all scripted programming operations of A+E Studios, the in-house production arm of the award-winning global media company A+E Networks, including creative affairs and production on all scripted programming produced and co-produced by the studio. Programs produced under Jossen’s purview include Lifetime’s critically-acclaimed, award-winning drama UnREAL, which stars Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, and gives a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program; History’s action drama SIX, from Academy Award® nominee William Broyles, which follows a brotherhood of modern American warriors, Navy SEAL Team Six, and was recently renewed for a second season; as well as the critically-acclaimed Emmy®-Award nominated, eight-hour event miniseries Roots. Based on Alex Haley’s seminal novel ROOTS: The Saga of an American Family, the miniseriesis a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family’s will to survive, endure and ultimately carry on their legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity.
In addition, Jossen is overseeing the production of the new History series Knightfall, an original scripted drama chronicling the mysterious but true accounts of the Knights Templar, the elite warriors of the Crusades, from executive producer Jeremy Renner.
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.
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 Limited. He also won an Academy Award® for the 1996 Live Action Short Film, Dear Diary, which he produced.
Jossen is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, The Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America.