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46. THE MAKEOVER MAN
Kevin Reilly
Chief Creative Officer
Turner Entertainment
President
TBS & TNT
Years in Cable: 6.5
Education: Bachelor's, Cornell University
Last winter, Reilly laid out an ambitious, multiyear
makeover plan for TBS and TNT, pledging
an increase original content and greater
integration of digital and linear properties.
Fast forward a little more than a year, and his
interim report card is impressive. TBS not only
has a bonafide weekly tentpole in " Full Frontal
With Samantha Bee " but is extending its access
in digital. To boot, the network is moving
ahead five additional freshman original shows
back into production for new seasons. TNT,
which Reilly is steering toward an edgier vibe,
renewed both " Good Behavior " and " Animal
Kingdom " after strong first-season runs.
Q&A
What inspires you most
about this industry?
The magic of creativity
and connection. The
fundamental dynamic
of empowering creative
expression and creating
consumer value around
that expression is an
extraordinary thing that
has consistently yielded
exceptional results for all.
Favorite Saturday
morning cartoon from
your childhood? Easy.
" Scooby Doo. "
What are the top three qualities you look for
in a hire? Curiosity, point of view, unique quality
that will catalyze, unite or challenge other
team members in a positive way.
What product or service could you not live
without? Amazon (sigh).
If President Trump tweeted about you, what
would he say? " He was a good boss in my old
NBC gig but now Samantha Bee needs to stop
making fun of me. "
What does the future look like for skinny
bundles/flexible packaging? Bundles have
value and the consumer wants flexibility. Those
two forces ultimately win out but we are only at
the early stages of this game. ■
47. A TALE OF TWO NETWORKS
Adam Stotsky
President
E! Entertainment
and Esquire Network
Years in Cable: 18
Education: BA, Communications,
West
Virginia University
One Word that
Best Describes Me:
Curious
It's a time of mixed
blessings for Stotsky,
as his two NBCU
children have had
vastly different years.
On the one hand, E!
continues to soar in
pop culture-land, for
the second year in a
row delivering cable's
biggest unscripted
launch of the year with " Rob & Chyna, " and solidifying itself as an unscripted
contender with continued strong ratings for " The Royals, " solid
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performance by " The Arrangement " and more to come. On the other
hand, Esquire this summer will disappear from the linear landscape and
relaunch as a direct-to-consumer digital destination serving as home
to existing programming and new series like " Borderland USA " (working
title) and " Edgehill. " NBCU has a lot of confidence in the exec, promoting
him in 2016 from gm to president of E! and praising his integration of
E!'s news and digital divisions.
Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? With all of the changes
happening, every day is a new day to create, innovate and try something
that hasn't been done before.
Three years from now, what do you hope has been invented? Domestic
unity
What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Curiosity, passion,
humility
Which TV family is most like your own? The Keatons ( " Family Ties " )
What product or service could you not live without? Mr. Porter
How long is your morning commute? 45 minutes, made easier by east
coast calls, KCRW and NPR.
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? It's a tossup:
" Marine Boy " or " Star Blazers. "
Last show I watched not on my networks: Food Network's " Diners,
Drive-ins and Dives "
Best way to spend a Saturday night: A quiet dinner with my family. ■
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