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15. THE NEGOTIATOR
Q&A
Mike Biard
President, Distribution
Fox Networks Group
Years in Cable: 18
Education: BA, BiologyPsychology,
Columbia
University; JD, Loyola Law
School
Perhaps it's Biard's psych
degree that helps him to keep his cool in the hot seat. As the lead negotiator
for the most fiscally significant of Fox Networks' distribution team deals,
he succeeds time and again in scoring wide-ranging broadcast retrans
consent agreements with MVPDs while also setting benchmarks for digital
distribution of Fox content, including FX, National Geographic, BTN, Fox College
Sports, Fox Soccer Plus and several regional sports networks. In November,
Biard sealed a deal to extend the Fox portfolio of networks across
AT&T DirecTV products including new streaming service DirecTV Now.
The best thing about fast broadband is... FaceTime works-it's pure
magic when your oldest heads off to college.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Work ethic, wit
and perspective.
If President Trump tweeted about you, he would say... Let's make Mike
great again!
What product or service could you not live without? Coffee-black,
piping hot.
How long is your morning commute? Varies, but it's measured on a sun
dial.
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? " Looney
Tunes " (especially Bugs Bunny & Foghorn Leghorn)-brilliant at every level.
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible packaging?
Tense.
Last show I watched not on my networks: " Homeland "
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Summer night at the Hollywood
Bowl or The Greek Theater.
New favorite binge: " Homeland " ■
16. CASEY AT THE BAT
Richard Plepler
Chairman & CEO
HBO
Years in Cable: 23
Education: Franklin & Marshall
One Word that Best Describes
Me: Collaborative
Casey Bloys
President, Programming
HBO
Years in Cable: 13
Education: Northwestern
University
One Word that Best Describes
Me: Curious
HBO put a new man at the plate in 2016 when Bloys was named president
of programming. Unlike his predecessor, Michael Lombardo, Bloys (who
also oversees sister network Cinemax) is not responsible for non-creative
divisions such as marketing, research and production. This will be the first
year that " Game of Thrones " won't win any Emmys, but that's only because
the show's production schedule has taken it out of contention. Bloys supports
the producers' desire to shoot when location climates are colder. He
said at his first TCA executive session last summer the goal is not to win
statues, but rather to do the best show possible for subscribers and fans.
Bloys reports to Plepler, who is responsible for the overall management of
the world's most successful pay TV service. In November, Plepler and HBO
scored another victory with the launch of HBO Espana, which bowed in
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Spain. He called it the fastest OTT launch so far, noting that international
markets and original productions will deliver significant growth for HBO.
Plepler Q&A
Three years from now, what do you hope has been invented? A " Game
of Thrones " prequel.
Top three qualities you look for in a hire? Passion for business, fierce
curiosity, comfortable in their skin.
How do you celebrate your birthday? Best place I know-at home with
my wife and daughter.
Can't do without: My four morning papers.
Favorite podcast: Tough choice between Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob
Weisberg.
Bloys Q&A
Can't do without: Sirius
radio because I love Howard
Stern.
Morning commute: It is 45
minutes, including taking
kids to school.
Favorite Saturday morning
cartoon... not a cartoon
but I loved watching " Happy
Days " reruns.
Last show I watched
not on my network: was
" Happy Valley " (BBC). I loved
it and we are doing the
creators' new show. ■
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