Speaker Sam Linsky - Scripted 2018

Speaker Sam Linsky

Sam Linsky

SVP, Original Programming


Sam Linsky is senior vice president of programming for TNT. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing development and production on the network's original scripted dramas and serving as the primary liaison between TNT and its partner studios. Linsky is based in Los Angeles and reports to Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT.

For TNT Linsky oversaw production of Good Behavior starring Michelle Dockery, and is currently leading production of the upcoming limited series, I Am the Night, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Chris Pine, in addition to several other projects.

Linsky previously served as senior vice president of programming for TNT and TBS. His successful track record includes supervising current production of TNT's popular original drama series, including The Last Ship, The Librarians, and Major Crimes. Linsky's other TNT series have included The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies and the Peabody Award-winning Southland.

For TBS, Linsky oversaw production on the original series Cougar Town, which aired for six seasons; American Dad!, which became a TBS original series in September 2014; and King of the Nerds, which aired for three seasons.

Linsky joined Turner Broadcasting in 1997, first serving as assistant to the vice president of original programming for TNT. He came to TNT from Castle Rock Entertainment, where he served as assistant to the vice president of production, providing story notes on projects in development and coordinating incoming and outgoing submissions. Prior to Castle Rock, Linsky worked for Workers Comp Management, Inc. as director of New England operations. He holds a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard College.

Turner’s TNT is basic cable's #1 network in primetime with young adults and is home to one of cable's most popular slates of original series, including The Alienist, Animal Kingdom, Claws, the upcoming I Am the Night, Snowpiercer, Tell Me Your Secrets and The Angel of Darkness. TNT also presents popular shows such as Arrow, Supernatural, Bones and Castle; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards® and the iHeartRadio  Music Awards; and championship sports coverage, including the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

Turner, a WarnerMedia company, is a global entertainment, sports and news company that creates premium content and delivers exceptional experiences to fans whenever and wherever they consume content. These efforts are fueled by data-driven insights and industry-leading technology.

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Sam Linsky, TNT

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