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83. THE 100 MILLION DOLLAR MAN
Himesh Bhise
CEO
Synacor
Years in Cable: 11
Education: MBA, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
One Word that Best Describes Me: Enterprising
Anyone who didn't know Bhise before most certainly does now. Last year, Bhise engineered
AT&T as a customer, beating out 30 contenders including Yahoo! The contract
calls for Synacor to develop and manage desktop and mobile portal services for AT&T
and is valued at $100 million per year. Bhise didn't stop after this impressive victory.
Synacor also gained traction over the last year with its new video platforms, and
extended its leadership in cloud-based identity management. HBO chose Synacor to
be its authentication/authorization partner for HBO GO. In doing this, Synacor provided
flawlessly executed authentication for " Game of Thrones' " season six record-breaking
premiere, season and finale, without a single disruption or any loss in service performance.
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84. FORMULA FOR SUCCESS
Marc Etkind
GM
Science Channel
Education: BA, Biology, Brown University
Years in Cable: 20
Jane Latman
EVP, Development & Research
Investigation Discovery, American Heroes
Channel & Destination America
GM
Destination America
Years in Cable: 14
Education: BA, focus on theater directing,
Oberlin College
Robert Scanlon
EVP & GM
Velocity Network
Years in Cable: 38
Education: BS, Communications Management,
Ithaca College
One Word that Best Describes Me: Determined
Discovery Communications' success rides not
only on the strength of its flagship network
but increasingly on the other members of the
family as well. Etkind is capitalizing on the
popularity of science-themed programming
and cementing Science's mandate through
brand-centric series including " Through the
Wormhole With Morgan Freeman, " and has
seen record ratings as the net celebrated its
20th anniversary. Recently promoted Latman
oversees the growing true crime vehicle that is
ID and has morphed Destination America into
a paranormal powerhouse. Velocity's engine
continues to purr under Scanlon, who also creates
additional content for Discovery to be use
on sister networks.
Etkind Q&A
How do you celebrate your birthday?
Let me eat cake!
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from
your childhood? " Underdog "
Last show I watched not on my networks:
" The Big Bang Theory "
Best way to spend a Saturday night:
" Watching SNL "
Favorite podcast: " Radio Lab "
Scanlon Q&A
Three years from now, what do you hope has
been invented? A law against driverless cars.
How do you celebrate your birthday? I'm
Irish, and my birthday is right before St. Patrick's
Day. Enough said?
What product or service could you not live
without? A manual transmission.
Last show I watched not on my networks:
There's another network?
New favorite binge: " Billions " ■
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