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19. A LEARNED MAN
Q&A
Bill Goodwyn
President & CEO
Discovery
Education
Years in Cable: 34
Education: UNC
Chapel Hill (Go
Heels)
One Word that
Best Describes
Me: Driven
Leading his team
by the mantra
of " doing well
by doing good, "
Goodwyn is passionate about Discovery Education's mission of improving
educational outcomes for students around the world. An industry
trailblazer for more than 30 years at Discovery, he continues to support
school districts' work to transform classrooms into digital learning centers.
Goodwyn remains a staunch believer in the power of ever-faster broadband
to bridge the digital divide, and encourages cable leaders and policymakers
to continue to collaborate to make it a nationwide reality.
20. HERE WE ARE NOW,
ENTERTAIN US
Frances
Berwick
President, Lifestyle
Networks
NBCUniversal
Cable Entertainment
Years
in Cable:
21
Education: MA, French and Italian
One Word that Best Describes Me: Busy
Chris McCumber
President, Entertainment Networks Group
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment
NBCU's cable business smells like teen, and
several other key demographics', spirit thanks in
large part to this dynamic duo. Berwick presides
over some of the company's biggest brands
including Bravo Media, E! Entertainment and
Oxygen Media, and has set herself apart as a
driver of brand-defining, buzzy original programming.
In 2016 she took Sprout under her wing
and the kids' network grew 21 percent from Q4
2015 to Q4 2016 in total day for W18-49. She's
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What inspires you most about this industry? I am inspired when I see
the critical role that broadband plays in transforming educational outcomes
for students nationwide as K-12 classrooms make the shift from print to
digital instructional resources in order to best engage today's learners.
The best thing about fast broadband is ... simple: it is the No. 1 tool
we have for closing the digital divide. The fact is that some rural schools
are not connected to high-speed Internet. Deployed both at home and in
the classroom, broadband fosters student achievement in tangible ways,
opening up a world of learning that meaningfully improves outcomes for
learners everywhere. It's a challenge that the cable industry and policymakers
nationwide can work together to achieve.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? In addition to
being highly competent with strong inter-personal skills, I also look for candidates
that 1) Have a positive attitude married with a high energy approach
to their work; 2) operate with a growth mindset; and 3) demonstrate their
ability to be a team player.
How do you celebrate your birthday? At home with my wife and kids.
Nothing better.
How long is your morning commute? My morning commute depends on
in which direction the plane is pointed and how long it takes the pilot to get
us there.
Last show I watched not on my networks: " The Americans. " Who knew
it would suddenly be so relevant? ■
also proving flexible in an evolving marketplace,
overseeing the transition of Esquire from a linear
network to a digital-only brand. USA Network,
Syfy and Chiller fall under McCumber's purview,
and he's taking the brands to new heights
including an 11th consecutive year as the top
entertainment net among all viewers for USA. He
also played a pivotal role in bringing the " Harry
Potter " films to NBCU in the largest movie acquisition
deal in company history and negotiated the
move of WWE's " Smackdown " to a live format on
Tuesdays, resulting in double-digit growth.
Berwick Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry?
The creativity of people in this business and the
pace of change are energizing.
Three years from now, what do you hope
has been invented? Accurate measurement
tools for video consumption everywhere and data
analytics.
What are the top three qualities you look for
in a hire? Smarts, skills and a team-oriented
drive to succeed.
Which TV family is most like your own? " The
Royals "
How do you celebrate your birthday? With my
husband who has the same birthday.
April 2017
Last show I watched not on my networks:
" The Bachelor "
McCumber Q&A
What inspires you
most about this
industry? The cable
industry still rewards
those who innovate,
take risks, and operate
like entrepreneurs.
If President Trump
tweeted about you,
he would say... " USA is #1 bigly "
How do you celebrate your birthday? Since
it's in the summer, usually on vacation with my
wife and daughters.
What product or service could you not live
without? Spotify
How long is your morning commute? About
an hour, mostly by train. Enough time to read a
script or screen a cut of our programming.
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from
your childhood? " Land of the Lost "
Last show I watched not on my networks:
" OJ: Made in America "
Favorite podcast: " Fantasy Focus Football " (the
" 06010 " ) ■
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