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30. THE TIME IS (DIRECTV) NOW
Daniel York
Chief Content Officer
AT&T/ DirecTV
Years in Cable: 25+
Having helped steer
DirecTV to the success
that primed the
company for its $48.5
billion purchase by
AT&T, hardball negotiator
York is now steering
its headline-making
new streaming service DirecTV Now. The launch wasn't without its share of
glitches, but AT&T says the service brought in 200,000 in Q4 2016, helping
offset losses of traditional pay customers for DirecTV and AT&T U-verse.
York has overseen deals to bring an impressive cartel of programming to
DirecTV Now, and he's ensuring the company is growing its hand in originals,
including Nick Jonas-starring MMA series " Kingdom " and a new Tim
Ferris talk show-style series from Vince Vaughn's Wild West Productions.
Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? The pace of change
The best thing about fast broadband is... more video
How do you celebrate your birthday? With my family
How long is your morning commute? 15 to 115 minutes....it's LA
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Dinner and a movie with my wife ■
32. 'CRIME' & REWARD
John Landgraf
CEO
FX Networks &
FX Productions
Years in Cable: 13
Education: BA, Anthropology,
Pitzer College in Claremont, CA
Landgraf is continually expanding
the reach and influence of
FX Networks, its three linear
channels-FX, FXX and FXM-
and its digital nonlinear platform
FXNOW. The commercial and
critical success of the awardwinning
" The People v. O.J.
Simpson: American Crime Story "
was a highlight of Landgraf's
year, but it was just a start. As FXX's ratings kept rising in 2016, the flagship
FX solidified its position among the top four cable networks. And now,
with new shows like " Feud: Joan and Bette, " " Legion, " " Atlanta " and " Taboo "
pushing boundaries and challenging expectations, he's building on the
momentum that began with long-running series " The Americans, " " Archer "
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31. FORWARD MOMENTUM
Charlie Collier
President
AMC, SundanceTV &
AMC Studios
Years in Cable: 23
Education: BA, Bucknell;
MBA, Columbia
Anyone who was wondering
how AMC would
survive once " Mad
Men " and " Breaking
Bad " ended their
groundbreaking runs
doesn't know Collier.
He's led the network-which in 2016 was home to four of the top
seven cable series for A18-49, live +3-to even greater success.
" The Walking Dead " marked its fifth consecutive season as TV's No.
1 series, and its popular after show, " Talking Dead, " has become the
top talk show on TV. Newer series such as " Preacher " and " Better
Call Saul " also have continued that momentum. At the same time,
under Collier's care SundanceTV saw its highest ratings yet, with a
double-digit increase in its target demo, A25-54. Collier has more
original programming slated for SundanceTV including " Liar " and
" Murder in the Heartland: In Cold Blood Revisited, " plus the much
anticipated return of " Top of The Lake, " with Nicole Kidman joining
the cast alongside Elisabeth Moss. ■
and " It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. " Landgraf made the FXNOW app
a true complement to the linear networks, and all of FX Networks' original
series have grown their audiences season-to-season on FXNOW by double
or triple digits.
Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? Many of the incredibly
brilliant artists and executives who work in it.
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year? Braided tungsten
steel?
The best thing about fast broadband is... Now a faster Internet can be
even a more efficient vehicle for a giant company worth $585B to make it
convenient (through their search and linking engine) for professional criminals
to steal Billions of dollars in revenue from hard working creative people
(like independent film makers).
Three years from now, what do you hope has been invented? Contact
lenses, which function as an infallible bullshit detector.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Honesty. Hard
work. Intelligence.
What product or service could you not live without? I could not live
without good, fact-based journalism.
Last show I watched not on my networks: Currently watching " The Legend
of Korra " (Nickelodeon.) Also loved the prequel, " The Last Airbender. "
New favorite binge: Gotta go with Rice Chips and Salsa. ■
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