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48. GRAND SLAM
Eric Shanks
President, COO & Executive Producer
FOX Sports
Years in Cable: 23
Education: Indiana University
One Word that Best Describes Me: Inquisitive
Not only were Shanks and his team able to
capitalize on several historic sporting events-
the final game of the World Series was the
most-watched baseball game in 25 years and
the Daytona 500 saw its closest win ever when
Denny Hamlin won by .01 seconds-they
managed to maximize FOX Sports' digital
efforts with the FOX Sports GO app and virtual
reality offerings spanning eight different sports.
Soccer continued to be a big draw, and the
USGA's 116th U.S. Open Championship drew
28.3 million viewers. And in its third-and
most-watched-year, FS1 launched two new
studio shows. Further evidence of Shanks'
skills: Fox's regional sports networks
raked in 55 regional sports Emmys.
Q&A
The biggest innovation in cable over
the last year: Customer service.
What does the future look like
for skinny bundles and flexible
packaging: More options for the
consumer.
TV family most like your own: " Beverly
Hillbillies. "
Best way to spend a Saturday night:
Watching a big college football game.
How long is your morning commute:
15 minutes.
Last show I watched not on my
network: " Baskets "
Favorite TV show as a kid: " George
of the Jungle "
Favorite Podcast: " This American
Life " ■
49. STARZ IN THEIR EYES
Chris Albrecht
President & CEO
Starz
Years in Cable: 32
Education: BA, dramatic literature,
Hofstra University
Carmi Zlotnik
President of Programming
Starz
Years in Cable: 30
Last year, Lionsgate acquired Starz
for approximately $4.4 billion in
cash and stock, opting to operate
the cable network as a wholly
owned subsidiary. It speaks to
Albrecht's success that it was announced
he would continue to serve
at the top and that his contract was
extended to the year 2020. He has
led the evolution of Starz's premium
pay TV business with an aggressive plan to dramatically increase the company's investment in proprietary and licensed original programming such
as " Outlander " and " Black Sails. " On the charity front, he co-founded Comic Relief, which has raised more than $50 million to benefit the homeless.
Working alongside Albrecht is Zlotnik, responsible for programming and development activities as well as overseeing production of Starz Original
Series. In addition to " American Gods, " which debuts April 30, Zlotnik will bring " Counterpart " and several Latino series to Starz. He supports diverse
projects with showrunners, EPs, directors, and actors from all backgrounds. ■
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