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33. BUILDING ON SUCCESS
Kathleen Finch
Chief Programming,
Content & Brand
Officer
Scripps Networks
Interactive
Years in Cable: 18
Education: Stanford
University
One Word that Best Describes Me: Nimble
Jim Samples
President,
International &
President, TVN
Scripps Networks
Interactive
Years in Cable: 24
Education: BS,
Presbyterian College;
International MBA,
University of South Carolina
One Word that Best Describes Me: Adventurous
34.
30 ROCK CLIMBERS
Cesar Conde
Chairman
NBCUniversal International
Group and NBCUniversal
Telemundo Enterprises
Years in Cable/TV: 13
Education: BA, with honors,
from Harvard University; MBA;
the Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania
One Word that Best Describes
Me: Grateful
Evan Shapiro
EVP, Digital Enterprise
NBCUniversal
Years in Cable: Stopped
Counting
Education: No
One Word that Best Describes
Me: Beige
NBCU is firing on multiple
cylinders, in part due to the
innovation and leadership of
Conde and Shapiro. Conde bet
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Samples, a former Turner veteran who led HGTV
as president from 2007 to 2011, now oversees
the flow of Scripps programming into 175
countries around the world. Finch, a self-confessed
" major TV junkie, " has risen through the
ranks and steered the launch of one unscripted
franchise after another. While rivals face tough
decisions about monetization in an SVOD-dominated
marketplace, Scripps has walked away
from Netflix paydays, seeking to control its own
destiny by re-emphasizing a linear strategy and
tried-and-true scheduling savvy and promotion.
Its magnetic content doesn't hurt, either. Top
HGTV draw " Fixer Upper, " which draws 4 millionplus
viewers per episode, will get a companion
show this year, and " Flip or Flop " is expanding to
five new cities.
Finch Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry?
I am a major TV junkie-I mean MAJOR-so being
able to be a part of something I love so much
is an incredible privilege.
The biggest innovation in cable over the last
year? I love how intuitive the cable carrier apps
have become, and how much content can be
accessed out of home. I can read about a show
I want to see and immediately set a recording or
reminder, no matter where I am.
What product or service could you not live
without? It's a tie between my iPad and Fresh
Direct. I'm passionately addicted to both.
Last show I watched not on my networks:
" Morning Joe " on MSNBC. Just like coffee, I
can't start my day without it.
Favorite podcast: I'm a big fan of " WTF. " I love
Marc Maron's interviewing style and his eclectic
guests.
Samples Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry?
The media business is like a five-way
intersection for the curious brain. Creativity,
business, technology, culture, and relationships
all converge. And we are at the center of it all.
I love that.
Three years from now, what do you hope has
been invented? The art of compromise among
our leaders.
What product or service could you not live
without? There isn't one. ■
big on original content, infrastructure and talent-and Telemundo is reaping
the benefits. Additional growth is on the horizon when the net begins
broadcasting the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Shapiro is driving new programming verticals and audiences in the digital
realm. Building off the success of comedy SVOD service Seeso, he's eyeing
a slew of different genres and talent to corral under NBCU's digital umbrella.
Conde Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? The constant changing
nature of our business forces all of us to keep innovating.
The best thing about fast broadband is... It opens up a world of opportunity
for companies and individuals at all levels of society
How long is your morning commute? 30 minutes
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Movie night.
New favorite binge: " El Chema. "
Shapiro Q&A
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year? The Upside Down
If President Trump tweeted about you, he would say... " The failing @
eshap tweets too much. Sad! "
How long is your morning commute? One podcast
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? " School
House Rock. " Had a crush on Interplanet Janet.
Last show I watched not on my network: " Crashing. " HBO.
New favorite binge: MBMBaM
Favorite podcast: " Pod Save America " ■
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