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75. MADAME PRESIDENTS
Jana Henthorn
President & CEO
The Cable Center
Number of Years in Cable: More than 30
One Word that Best Describes Me: Tenacious
Vicki Lins
President & CEO
CTAM
76. FULL SPEED AHEAD
Marc Graboff
President, Global Business & Legal Affairs,
Production Management & Studios
Discovery Communications
Years in Cable: 2 (20 years in broadcast prior)
Education: BA, UCLA; JD, Loyola Law School
One Word that Best Describes Me: Curious
Ben Price
President, Advertising
Sales U.S. Networks
Discovery Communications
Given
the herculean
task of filling the now77.
THE GOOD SPORTS
Jim Bell
President, NBC Olympics
Production & Programming,
Executive Producer World Cup
NBC Sports Group
Years in Cable:
NBC for 25+ years
Education: BA, Harvard
Gary Zenkel
President,
NBC Olympics and Business
NBC Sports Group
Years in Cable: 17 (NBC Olympics
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It's stalwart organizations like the The Cable
Center and CTAM that have, and will continue,
to provide steadfast support to the cable industry
as it evolves. Henthorn has been at the helm
of the Cable Center since 2015, overseeing a
number of resources and initiatives including
the Center's annual Hall of Fame. Lins, also in
her president/CEO role since 2015, is steering
CTAM's mission to be a beacon for the merits
of TV Everywhere, as well as other initiatives
to strengthen the pay TV business model as a
whole for consumers and the industry.
Henthorn Q&A
What product or service could you not live
without?
My X1 Comcast cable box with the voice activated
cable remote. (I live in Denver).
The best thing about fast broadband is ...
retired Joe Abruzzese's shoes, Price stepped
into his promotion as President of Discovery's
national ad sales division with gusto. Last year
he helped launch One Discovery, a collection
of assets that provide ad sales clients with
resources across platforms. And the company's
2017 Upfront, Price's first at the helm,
showcased above all an embrace of digital
content-from its Snapchat programming to
streaming services to VR plans to investment in
digi studio Group Nine-and related advertising
opportunities. Graboff continues to demonstrate
savvy negotiating skills, which benefit
the company in numerous ways including
2016's three-part Discovery scripted special
" Harley and the Davidsons, " which ended with
the biggest premiere telecast numbers in more
on cable started in 2000).
Education: BA, University of
Michigan; JD, Georgetown
When NBC first made broadcasting
the Olympics a priority, they
were owned by GE and the big
innovation was the " triple-cast "
pay-per-view package. Fast
forward to 2016, when more
than 7,000 hours of coverage
were pumped through the linear
and digital bloodstream of NBCU
and Comcast. Despite downturns
in primetime broadcast ratings,
April 2017
Being able to see and talk to my daughter who
lives in Australia with negligible latency on all
devices.
Lins Q&A
What are the top
three qualities you
look for in a hire?
(Assuming ability/experience
is a given)...
passion, integrity, and
adaptability.
What product or service could you not live
without? My cable subscription, of course.
How long is your morning commute? 2.5
hours Mon mornings. 5 minutes other days.
#NYDC
Last show I watched not on my networks:
Everything I watch is in CTAM's universe. ■
than three years for a single-network miniseries
on cable, pulling 4.5 million total viewers.
Graboff Q&A
The best thing about
fast broadband is...
being able to Facetime
my son who is in
Europe on a semester
abroad.
Three years from now, what do you hope has
been invented? Flying cars for LA.
Which TV family is most like your own?
" Modern Family's " Dunphys
Last show I watched not on my networks:
" Fauda " (Netflix)
New favorite binge: " The Night Manager " ■
NBCU execs declared
the Rio Games the
most profitable of
any in the company's
three-decade run. A
big reason was the
innovation from Zenkel,
a 17-year Olympics veteran, and
Bell, who returned to NBC Sports
and the Games in 2012 after
seven years guiding " Today. "
Zenkel Q&A
My OTT prediction is... Niche
What product or service could
you not live without? Waze
Bell Q&A
What are the top three qualities
you look for in a hire? Enthusiasm,
curiosity, integrity
New favorite binge: " Club de
Cuervos " on Netflix. ■
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