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THE TOP10
7. ROOTS AND WINGS
Nancy Dubuc
President & CEO
A+E Networks
Years in Cable: 18
Education: BA, Boston
University
One Word that Best
Describes Me: Curious
A+E returned to the upfronts
this year with a focus on storytelling,
a direct nod to Dubuc's
vision for the company as she
guides another year of bold
firsts, both in the States and
abroad. She continues to strategically diversify the company's business interests,
investing both in digitally focused media companies and executives
to extend the footprint for brands including A&E, History, Lifetime and FYI.
This past year saw the fruits of her leadership in ramping up brand-defining
original programming across the company's portfolio. Among highlights: In
its third year of operation A+E Studios released its biggest-yet production,
the cross-network miniseries " Roots, " and Viceland, a joint property of A+E
and Vice Media, found its groove in its first full year of operation under the
rebrand with a spate of successful new originals.
8. THE CONTENDER
David Zaslav
President & CEO
Discovery Communications
Years in Cable: 28
Education: BS, SUNY Binghamton; JD, Boston University School of Law
One Word that Best Describes Me: Passionate
No matter the economic climate, Zaslav is a seasoned contender who knows how to ebb and flow.
Competition over Hollywood content dampening growth in Northern Europe? Zaslav recently told
investors Discovery is getting out of the entertainment business in the area, and moving on. As he
grows and diversifies the company whose portfolio now spans more than 220 countries and territories,
he's made recent strides particularly in the multiplatform landscape including growth of the
Discovery GO TV Everywhere apps to more than 70 percent penetration, with 50 percent of those
streams coming from millennials. Additionally, Discovery's minority investment in Group Nine Media
created a top five digital-first media company in the US, with 3.5 billion monthly video views. In the sports arena, Discovery and MLB Advanced Media partnered
to create BAMTech Europe, which will take on Eurosport's digital business as its first client in advance of Eurosport's 2018 Olympic Games debut. As
always, Zaslav continues to go for the gold.
Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? Change. It is inspiring, challenging, frightening... and makes coming to work every day fun.
Which TV family is most like your own? The Romanos from " Everybody Loves Raymond. " Growing up, I was Robert. Now my brothers say I am
Raymond-I disagree.
How do you celebrate your birthday? Always with my family. This year, Pam and I went to Alaska for the Iditarod (34 below!) for our anniversary... so
we'll likely be warm and low-key for our birthdays.
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? Snagglepuss-always looking to " Exit, stage left! ""
Favorite podcast: " Fresh Air " with Terry Gross (tenacious and always prepared) ■
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What inspires you most about this industry? As technology continues to
revolutionize our business, the relationship and dedication of our consumers
to our brands is stronger than ever. The people and passion that it takes to
create the stories we bring to audiences is always tremendously underestimated.
If we didn't have a community of inspired storytellers, we'd be a
very different world.
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year? I'm impressed by
the continuing innovation in ad tech, with products like True-X and improvements
in using data as a predictive tool for audiences.
The best thing about fast broadband is... the continued capital investment
made by operators to support the traffic capabilities... and of course
no buffering when streaming great content.
Three years from now, what do you hope has been invented? One TVE
interface with a product that is regarded as superior.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Honesty,
Creativity and Ambition.
How do you celebrate your birthday? I usually try to get some alone
time-usually a movie.
What product or service could you not live without? My iPhone.
How long is your morning commute? On a good day-20 minutes,
including school drop off.
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? Roadrunner
& Wile E. Coyote
Favorite podcast: " Crimetown " ■
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