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85. THE CARLSEN CONNECTION
Ann Carlsen
Founder & CEO
Carlsen Resources
Years in Cable: 37
Education: University of Colorado
One Word that Best Describes
Me: Problem-solver
industry by increasing the number of underrepresented individuals within
the industry.
Q&A
Carlsen is the force behind the
gold standard of boutique search
firms, having placed more than
2,700 executives and rising stars
in critical industry roles during
the span of 30 years. An internationally respected executive search
leader, adviser, coach and champion of workplace diversity, Carlsen is a
results-oriented strategist who understands the needs of her clients and
has an uncanny antenna for the trends and pulse of the overall market.
She founded the Telecommunications Diversity Network, an industrywide
initiative that provided a " no fee " job bank populated with the best
diversity candidates, and more recently joined the board of the T. Howard
Foundation, whose mission is to diversify the media and entertainment
What inspires you most about this industry? I'm endlessly inspired by
the industry's ability to reinvent itself, adapt to change and spread its
influence and reach and birth new industries.
Three years from now, what do you hope has been invented? A winning
business model for excellence and non-bias in journalism.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Funny...
Darwin had it right... Adapters who see the world with fresh eyes and
are quick to differentiate their offering from their closest rivals; Speed/
Agility: Quick to locate and exploit new opportunities. Competitive Spirit:
those who can outrun, outmaneuver and outfight competitors.
If President Trump tweeted about you, he would say...
" Who does your hair? "
How do you celebrate your birthday? Counting my blessings with
friends and family and a good long hike with my pups.
What product or service could you not live without? My Apple Watch.
I don't know how we ever managed without it!
Favorite podcast: The Cable Center's " Stories From the Headend, " of
course! ■
86. LOGAN'S RUN
Erik Logan
President
Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church
in Houston, TX.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Years in Cable: 6
Education: High school graduate
One Word that Best Describes Me:
Adventurous
Logan's oversight of OWN this past year garnered
record ratings for the network, resulting
in the most-watched and highest-rated year in
network history. Successes in 2016 include the
launches of new original drama series " Greenleaf "
and " Queen Sugar, " new additions to the
network's development slate, along with expansion
in the digital space and the launch of
OWN's first ever mobile game, " Bold Moves. "
Unscripted series will continue to be substantial
contributors to OWN's schedule, as Logan
and the network's development team continue
to seek out and feature those personalities and
subjects that both appeal to as well as broaden
OWN's core audience. New series in 2017
include docuseries " The Book of John, " featuring
the life of John Gray, associate pastor at
Q&A
What inspires you most about
this industry? What inspires me
is knowing that we all face the
same environmental issues with
technology and viewership, and
how we as networks address
those issues. I love the fact that
our issues aren't all that different
from everyone else.
Three years from now, what do you hope has
been invented? I hope for a new model where
we can have a direct to consumer relationship
with our affiliate partners.
What are the top three qualities you look for
in a hire? I look for people with good energy,
the ability to inspire me and the ability to teach
me something new.
My OTT prediction is... My prediction is that
we will soon find out how much is too much.
How do you celebrate your birthday? Surfing.
What product or service could you not live
without? I can't live without Surfline.com (it's
a service that tells you how big the waves are
anywhere in the world at any time).
How long is your morning commute?
One hour.
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from
your childhood? " Scooby-Doo. "
Last show I watched not on my network:
I watched " Santa Clarita Diet " on Netflix.
Best way to spend a Saturday night: The best
way to spend a Saturday night is disconnecting
from technology and playing board games with
my family.
Favorite podcast: " The PaddleWoo Podcast, "
which features paddle surfing experts. ■
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