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24. XFINITY NATION
Greg Butz
President, Comcast Mobile
Comcast Cable
Greg Rigdon
EVP, Content Acquisition
Comcast Cable
Years in Cable: 11
Education: BA, Oberlin College; MA, Russian
Studies
Tony Werner
President,
Technology & Product
Comcast Cable
Years in Cable: Almost 40
Education: Dakota County Technical College
Butz and Rigdon share more than the same first
name. They share a commitment to offering
customers what they want before they even
want it. Last summer Butz took on his new
role as president of the company's new mobile
unit, carrying with him the traits and customer
insights that helped him drive growth in his
previous consumer marketing role for Xfinity.
Rigdon negotiates programming and distribution
agreements that make TV Everywhere a
reality for Comcast subscribers, ensuring they
can watch their favorite programs and events
on just about any platform or device they prefer.
Werner's been leading the charge for some of
Comcast's biggest platform developments and,
under his leadership, last year the company
began rolling out its DOCSIS 3.1 powered gigabit
service to customers in four major markets, with
additional markets to come in 2017. Even more
impressive? Werner and his team have already
processed more than 1 billion voice commands
from the 10M+ voice remotes already in use by
X1 customers.
Werner Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry?
I'm inspired by the way we've embraced
disruption as a tool to make our products better,
rather than something to be feared. All of us in
the industry are driving each other to be better,
faster and smarter, and you see the results in
the development of products and services that
customers love.
The biggest innovation in cable over the last
year? 2016 was the year that DOCSIS 3.1 made
the leap from project to product, connecting customers
to ultra-fast broadband. In 2017 we'll see
that trend accelerate with many more customers
and markets across the country.
What are the top three qualities you look for
in a hire? I'm looking for people that are cultural
fits, but not cultural clones, as diversity is an
important part of our teams. I value candidates
who lead by example, adjust quickly to changing
technologies and are willing to stand up for their
vision.
New favorite binge: Netflix on X1
What product or service could you not live
without? My big screen television and X1. I need
to know what we're delivering to customers! ■
25. THE STRAIGHT SHOOTER
Q&A
Rita Tuzon
EVP & General Counsel
Fox Networks Group
Years in Cable: 20
Education: BA, Human Biology,
Stanford University; JD, UC Berkeley's
Boalt School of Law
One Word that Best Describes Me:
Straightforward
As she is every year, Tuzon was
integrally involved in FNG's biggest
milestones throughout 2016. Among
the most salient was her oversight
on all aspects of the company's legal
strategies in its employment case against Netflix. Tuzon also led the negotiations
for FNG's move to new platforms for digital distribution of its content
including on Sling, PlayStation Vue, Fubo, DirecTV Now and the forthcoming
Hulu live streaming service, and she successfully integrated FNG's global
network businesses in Asia, Latin America and Europe into her legal team.
Cablefax: The Magazine
April 2017
What inspires you most about this industry? Video is still king-because
people love good stories
Three years from now, what do you hope has been invented? 26
hours in every day... but only for me.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Intelligence,
good judgment and humanity.
Which TV family is most like your own? Ummm ... none.
My OTT prediction is... I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you.
If President Trump tweeted about you, he would say... " Crooked Rita
always fighting for so-called equality. Won't let the disenfranchised stay at
the bottom. Works for fake news. Sad! "
What product or service could you not live without? Starbucks iced
chai tea latte.
How long is your morning commute? 3 minutes (and yes I do live in L.A.).
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible packaging?
Inevitable.
Last show I watched not on my networks: " Sherlock " ! Late to the
game....
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Any and every season, in Utah.
New favorite binge: " Sherlock " ■
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