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65. TRIPLE THE INITIATIVE
Lynn Charytan
SVP & Senior Deputy General Counsel
Comcast Corporation
EVP & General Counsel
Comcast Cable
Years in Cable: 6+
Education: BA, Columbia University; JD, Harvard
Law School
One Word that Best Describes Me: Energetic
Steve Croney
EVP & CFO
Comcast Cable
Years in Cable: 27
Education: BA, finance, and MBA, California
State University, Fullerton
Marcien Jenckes
EVP, Consumer Services
Comcast Cable
Despite working in different sectors, Charytan,
Croney and Jenckes are equally vital to the
continued success of Comcast Cable, Com66.
FACING THE MUSIC
Chris McCarthy
President
MTV, VH1, Logo
Nina Diaz
Head, Unscripted
MTV, VH1
Years in Cable: It's my 20th
anniversary in cable and have
had the most extraordinary
experiences. Wouldn't change
a thing!
Education: Proud product of
NYC public school system.
Bronx High School of Science
graduate. BA, Fordham University. Started MBA coursework but
got my first MTV gig and it swept me away.
One Word That Best Describes Me: Real
It's a good bet MTV will look somewhat different a year or two from now
-and McCarthy and Diaz will be the chief architects. The network got
the backing of Viacom chief Bob Bakish as a flagship network despite
having lower viewership than VH1 in 2016, but Bakish wants to scale
back on scripted programming and return to the net's nuts and bolts of
reality and, drumroll, music and live events. VH1 will continue full steam
ahead, with a combination of unscripted and scripted series, including
new music-themed " The Breaks " and " Daytime Divas. " The network also
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cast Corp.'s largest
business, which raked
in $46.9 billion in revenue
in 2015. Croney
handles the nuts and
bolts of the functional,
programmatic and
financial sides of business.
Charytan focuses
on legal affairs involved with Comcast Cable's
products, services and technologies, and also
oversees regulatory compliance issues with
NBCU transactions. Jenckes spearheads the development
and deployment of new cutting-edge
technologies across all Xfinity products. His team
is dedicated to getting the X1 platform into even
more homes and integrating new content from
partners including SlingTV and Netflix. Together,
these three are ensuring Comcast Cable customers
will have access to the content they want on
the device they want, whenever they want.
Charytan Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry?
It's the most exciting and dynamic industry.
The biggest innovation in cable over the last
year? Netflix on X1 and search with our voice
remote.
What are the top three qualities you look for
in a hire? Intelligence, affability, enthusiasm.
How long is your morning commute? Not an
easy answer-Forty minutes when I head to
our DC office (twenty on federal holidays and
all summer in DC!)-two and a half hours if
I'm heading to Philadelphia from my home in
Maryland-and about 7 minutes if I'm actually
in Philly in the morning!
Last show I watched not on my networks:
" The Mick "
New favorite binge: " Good Behavior "
Favorite podcast: This American Life ■
already benefited big time from an internal shift. " RuPaul's Drag Race "
drew nearly 1 million viewers for its VH1 debut after it jumped over from
Logo last month.
Diaz Q&A
What inspires you most about
this industry? The amazing
people I get to encounter and
work with every single day. The
incredibly creative talent behind
the scenes and in front of the
camera is continually aweinspiring.
What
product or service
could you not live without?
My (cable) TV! I love watching
television as much as I love
making it.
Which TV family is most like your own? " One Day At Time " (the original)
meets " Welcome Back Kotter "
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? " Jackson 5 "
and Hanna-Barbera cartoons were my jam. " The Flintstones, " " Jetsons, "
" Josie & The Pussycats, " " Scooby Doo " were my first ensemble cast
obsessions.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Hustle, heart,
smarts and a strong work ethic
New Favorite Binge: Current seasons of " This Is Us, " " Being Mary Jane "
and " Big Little Lies " ■
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