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81. LEGAL EAGLES
Arthur R. Block
EVP, General Counsel &
Secretary
Comcast Corporation
Years in Cable: Since 1978 (if you
count when I began representing
Comcast as an outside lawyer);
since 1989 if you count starting
with my becoming an in-house
lawyer
Education: BA/BS, University of
Pennsylvania; JD, University of
Michigan
One Word that Best Describes
Me: Problem-solver
Kathy A. Zachem
EVP, Regulatory & State
Legislative Affairs
Comcast Corporation
Years in Cable: 10
Education: BA, Political Science/
Economics, George Washington
University; JD, George Mason
University School of Law
One Word that Best Describes
Me: Dedicated
It's essential for a complex corporation
like Comcast to be on top
of constantly changing regulatory
and compliance issues at both the
state and federal levels. And with
Comcast being an ever-growing
entity, mergers and acquisitions
often complicate legal matters
even more. Together, Block and
Zachem make it look easy-probably
because they both love a
challenge. Block is Comcast's lead
in-house attorney for all mergers,
acquisitions, and financing deals,
but he also serves as chief legal
officer, specializing in legal, corporate
governance and intellectual
property issues. Zachem oversees
federal and state legal, regulatory,
and advocacy ventures. In the
coming months, she looks forward
to representing the company and
educating the new leaders of the
FCC about issues facing Comcast
and the entire cable industry.
Block Q&A
What inspires you most about
this industry? Always chang82.
THE DYNAMIC DUO
Bob Broussard
President,
Distribution
AMC Networks
Years in Cable: 25+
Education: Queens
College; NYU School
of Law
One Word that Best
Describes Me: Curious
Scott Collins
President, National
Advertising Sales
AMC Networks
Years in Cable: since
1998 when I joined
A&E Networks
Education: Bachelor's,
Hofstra University
One Word that Best Describes Me:
Enthusiastic
Cablefax: The Magazine
ing; always challenging; always
threatened; always fun.
How long is your morning commute?
After 32 years of commuting
by train from the Philadelphia
suburbs, I now walk eight minutes
down one street from my Center
City apartment. I think that makes
me a millennial!
Favorite Saturday morning
cartoon from your childhood?
" Fractured Fairy Tales " from " The
Rocky And Bullwinkle Show "
Last show I watched not on my
network(s): " The Goldbergs " -it
is set in the Philadelphia suburbs
where and when I grew up.
Zachem Q&A
What inspires you most about
this industry? The fast pace in
which innovation is moving no
matter where you look-content,
distribution, ads, apps, etc., are
all constantly changing to react to
consumer demand and the larger
world of entertainment that surrounds
cable.
Three years from now, what do
Sales and distribution go hand in hand, and
with Collins and Broussard leading the charge,
all of AMC's networks are poised for another
record-breaking year. In 2016, Broussard and
his team expanded the company's networks
in the US and Canada; AMC and WE tv now
reaches 91 million and 87 million homes,
respectively, with BBC America closing the gap,
among notable stats. Although those numbers,
plus solid ratings, would seem to make Collins'
job a little bit easier, he and his team are
always looking for new ways to draw interest
from new and long-term advertisers alike. Be
it custom content or product integration-like
Hyundai cars in " The Walking Dead " or Sam
Adams' " sponsoring " the " 50th season " of
" Documentary Now! " -advertisers know their
messages won't go unnoticed.
Broussard Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry?
The people
What product or service could you not live
April 2017
you hope has been invented? A
real, universal, standardized solution
to battery drainage on mobile
phones.
Which TV family is most like
your own? While not TV, no doubt
the family in " My Big Fat Greek
Wedding. "
Best way to spend a Saturday
night: At the shore in peace and
quiet. ■
without? Broadband
Last show I watched not on my network(s):
" Fargo "
Favorite podcast: " Here's the Thing "
Collins Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry?
Television and its power to touch, reflect, and
entertain. What inspires me are the great
people who work to make sure that solutions
for advertisers and brands continue to be at
the forefront of our minds.
How long is your morning commute? 50
minutes-although I wish it was a little longer
so I can get through all of the trades and
newspapers.
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from
your childhood? Growing up I loved Popeye,
although I didn't like to eat spinach.
Best way to spend a Saturday night: At
home with my wife, some wine, and a binge
of whatever series we should be watching but
have not yet watched. ■
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