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28. WHAT DIGITAL DIVIDE?
Tonia O'Connor
Chief Commercial Officer & President of
Content Distribution
Univision Communications Inc.
Years in Cable: 23
Education: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
at Syracuse University, dual major in
Broadcast Journalism and Political Science.
One Word that Best Describes Me: Fearless
Jessica Rodriguez
EVP & CMO
Univision Communications Inc.
Years in Cable: 15
Education: BS, Economics and Finance, Fordham
University; MBA, Stanford University School
of Business
One Word that Best Describes Me: Resilient
Univision has faced a fresh wave of competition
from Telemundo, formerly a distant rival. But
it's still very much a must have for the growing
population of US Hispanic viewers. O'Connor,
who came aboard in 2008 after a long run in
distribution at Gemstar-TV Guide and Rodri29.
ALL EARS
Justin Connolly
EVP, Affiliate Sales & Marketing
Disney and ESPN Media Networks
Years in Cable: 14
Education: BA, MBA, Harvard University.
One Word that Best Describes Me: Fortunate
Gary Marsh
President and
Chief Creative
Officer
Disney Channels
Worldwide
Years in Cable: 29
Education: UCLA
One Word that Best Describes Me: Integrity
Ben Pyne
President, Global
Distribution
Disney Media
Networks
Years in Cable: 25
Education: BA,
Princeton; MBA,
Harvard
Cablefax: The Magazine
guez, promoted in 2014 from a
scheduling/promotions role, have
spearheaded a range of innovative
initiatives. Univision made a
groundbreaking deal with Netflix
that brought the streaming hit
" Narcos " to broadcast airwaves
for the first time and was ahead
of many TV companies with its
rollout of an original digital video
platform, Udisea. The company
has also been a digital buyer, scooping up
Gawker Media and The Onion and housing them
with multiplatform news and satire network
Fusion.
O'Connor Q&A
Three years from now, what do you hope
has been invented? Cable concierge service for
those of us who continue to subscribe to the Big
Bundle and triple play.
What product or service could you not live
without: Uber, i.e. our family driver.
New Favorite Binge: " The Crown "
Favorite podcast: " Recode Decode " hosted by
Kara Swisher
Marsh, a 29-year Disney veteran, and his team
are readying a fleet of more sophisticated series
such as this spring's " Andi Mack " and a sequel to
hit movie " Descendants " to keep the Disney Channel
competitive with its Snapchat-and-YouTubeobsessed
demo. Connolly segued in 2014 from
running ESPN's college networks into a broader
role in affiliate sales for the company. In February,
he led the charge as ESPN secured carriage on
YouTube's new virtual MVPD. Disney's losing a
heavy hitter with Pyne announcing in March that
he will end his 25-year run at the company. His list
of homeruns include transitioning Disney Channel
from a small pay network to a global service,
growing distribution from 6.5 million US subscribers
in 1992 to nearly 100 million domestically-
not to mention an additional 500 million for the
107 international channels that have launched
over the past 20 years.
Marsh Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry?
The relentless pursuit of solutions to new challenges.
What
are the top three qualities you look for
in a hire? Passion, integrity, ambition.
If President Trump tweeted about you, he
April 2017
Rodriguez Q&A
The best thing about fast broadband is ...
The ease of video conferencing and keeping in
touch with family and friends across the globe.
What product or service could you not live
without? My Amazon Prime membership.
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from
your childhood? One - " SuperFriends, " in
the 1980s. My faves were Superman, Wonder
Woman and the Wonder Twins. Two - " Fat
Albert " and " The Cosby Kids. "
New favorite binge: " Good Girls Revolt "
Favorite podcast: " The Tim Ferriss Show " and
" This American Life " ■
would say... " CAN'T WAIT TO SEE DESCENDANTS
2! "
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Family
movie-watching at home.
New favorite binge: Cheddar popcorn.
Connolly Q&A
What inspires
you most about
this industry?
Participating in such
a dynamic business
where the pace of
change is only accelerating.
The
best thing
about fast broadband is... How easy it is to
watch live content almost anywhere.
Three years from now, what do you hope
has been invented? Secure, seamless TV
Everywhere
What are the top three qualities you look for
in a hire? Curious, energetic, sense of humor
Which TV family is most like your own? The
Keatons ( " Family Ties " )
How long is your morning commute? 75 - 90
minutes. ■
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