Emil Rensing is the Chief Digital Officer of EPIX, a premium entertainment cable channel jointly owned by Viacom’s Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, and MGM.
Rensing has over 15 years of experience working in both technology and television worlds. As a member of the founding team of EPIX, he brings a unique insight into the traditional and emerging media landscape, overseeing a team that has delivered many firsts in pay-television at EPIX.
Specifically, Rensing spearheaded the multi-bitrate delivery of HD feature films with full studio transmission compliance and the ability to share full-length films online with friends in a virtual "living room". Rensing and the EPIX digital team continue to advance the industry and network by working with distribution partners in pioneering zero-config authentication across devices and platforms.
Rensing began his career in the mid 1990s at America Online as one of the first "web guys", ultimately assuming a senior executive role at the company. At AOL, he was responsible for pioneering many of the tools and technologies that shaped the internet including his role in AOL Greenhouse for original content businesses, and the development of AIM and some of the first viral marketing emails.
Following his successful stint at AOL, Rensing worked for Viacom at MTV Networks where he oversaw several initiatives during the networks earliest online forays. While at MTV, Rensing and Fred Seibert, MTV's original creative director, formed a consulting and production company called FREDERATOR in 2001. At FREDERATOR, they produced hits for a client roster including Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, MTV Networks, America Online, Victoria's Secret PINK, World Wrestling Entertainment and others.
In 2005, Rensing was one of the founding partners of Next New Networks, one of the first Internet-specific video production companies in the world. Next New Networks delivered as many as 4 billion video views in February of 2011 and was acquired by YouTube the next month.