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44. ONCE IN A LIFETIME
Jana Bennett
President & GM
History
Years in Cable: 16 years in UK and US
Education: Oxford University honors degree in
Politics, Philosophy and Economics; MSc, international
relations, London School of Economics
One Word that Best Describes Me: Curious
Robert Sharenow
EVP & GM
A&E, Lifetime,
LMN
Years in Cable: 17
Education: BA,
Brandeis University;
MA, NYU
One Word that
Best Describes
Me: Hungry (literally and figuratively)
It doesn't seem like all that long ago that
" Duck Dynasty " was making it rain all over A+E
Networks. But in the cable world, hits don't
last forever, so the team in charge of major
networks A&E, Lifetime and History has been
hard at work on a reboot. Bennett took over
History in 2015 on the strength of her work
45. EXPAND & DELIVER
Bruce Campbell
Chief Development, Distribution
& Legal Officer
Discovery
Communications
Years in Cable: 19
Education: AB, Princeton,
AB; JD, Harvard Law
School
One Word that Best Describes
Me: Diplomatic
Campbell has spent
the last decade leading
Discovery's corporate
development, legal and
business affairs divisions.
And as a testament to
his impact, he assumed
expanded responsibilities
and a new title a year ago, adding the company's domestic distribution
business and Discovery Education division to his already wide breadth of
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on rebranding lifestyle network FYI. An earlier
transition that same year saw Sharenow add
A&E to his portfolio. Early signs are strong, with
docu hybrid " Live PD " getting renewed after a
strong fall debut on A&E and scripted military
series " Six " on History, which is also branching
into comic-book adaptations with the upcoming
" Harlem Hellfighters. "
Bennett Q&A
What inspires you
most about this
industry? The mix
of creative ideas,
the creators and
the unknown.
The biggest innovation
in cable
over the last year?
Strong anthology shows.
The best thing about fast broadband is...
When it is actually fast.
Three years from now, what do you hope
has been invented? A voice controller to help
me find what I want easily on my smart TV (but
doesn't end up recording or listening to me).
What are the top three qualities you look for
in a hire? Experience of trying new things out;
adaptability-sometimes a less straightforward
career path means they have learnt a lot of
different things along the way; they have some
special knowledge and bring more to the job
than just the day job requires.
Last show I watched not on my networks:
" Feud, " of course, darling....
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Out in
Brooklyn clubs listening to Old Timey music
with local beer...
New favorite binge: The 'alt History' " Man in
the High Castle "
Favorite podcast: " Pod Save America "
Sharenow Q&A
Three years from now, what do you hope has
been invented? Safe and affordable jetpacks
(screw driverless cars)
What are the top three qualities you look for
in a hire? Passion. Energy. Point of View.
Which TV family is most like your own?
No doubt, the Dunphys of " Modern Family, "
although we aspire to be like the Robinsons
from the original " Lost in Space. "
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from
your childhood? Old Warner Brothers cartoons
from the '40s and '50s (Bugs Bunny was the
favorite).
Last show I watched not on my networks:
" The Crown " ■
responsibilities. Overseeing a minority investment in Group Nine Media,
a joint venture with MLB Advanced Media's BAMTech and the renewal of
a long-term, multiplatform distribution agreement with AT&T are among
Campbell's coups this past year.
Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? The opportunity to work
every day with energized, creative colleagues, who genuinely enjoy their
jobs.
My OTT prediction is... Low cost, highly targeted " super fan " SVOD
services (eg, Crunchyroll) will gain meaningful traction in the next couple
years.
How do you celebrate your birthday? Always with my wife and five
daughters, as the date falls on or around the Thanksgiving holiday.
What product or service could you not live without? iPhone.
How long is your morning commute? 35 minutes on the train ... a
great time to catch up on reading.
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible
packaging? There is real opportunity for reasonably priced bundles of
high-quality channels that aren't weighed down by the cost of sports and
broadcast retrans.
Last show I watched not on my networks: " Billions " ■
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