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THE TOP10
5. EXPANDING (DISTRIBUTION) UNIVERSE
Randy Freer
President & COO
Fox Networks Group
Years in Cable: 28
Education: St. Joseph's College
The universe of platforms where consumers can watch Fox Networks Group domestic
television nets continues to expand under Freer's savvy watch. Sling TV, Fubo and
Hulu's forthcoming live streaming service are among the newer partners on the Fox
block as Freer initiates new business models for the company's content to reach
an expanded viewership. Leading the operations for FNG's consolidated ad sales
organization is also top of mind for Freer, who directly oversees revenue, distribution
and operations for Fox Networks Group- including Fox Broadcasting, Fox Sports, FX
Networks and National Geographic. He's also responsible for rights acquisitions, and
team and league relationships on behalf of Fox Sports. On all fronts, he's focused on
the consumer experience with regard to programming and advertising as he looks to
mine opportunities to get closer to consumers in the digital realm.
Q&A
How do you celebrate your birthday? Quietly.
How long is your morning commute? Too long.
Last show I watched not on my networks: " Billions. "
Best way to spend a Saturday night: With family.
Favorite podcast: " Tim Ferriss " ■
6. WALKING TALL
Josh Sapan
President & CEO
AMC Networks
Years in Cable: 35
Education: BA, University of Wisconsin
Not only has AMC Networks flourished under Sapan's guidance, the company has
become a powerhouse brand that has redefined the basic cable landscape. AMC's
" The Walking Dead, " now in its seventh season, is celebrating a fifth consecutive
season as TV's top series, and its " Talking Dead " after-show is currently TV's top-rated
talk show. Yet it was BBC America's " Orphan Black " star Tatiana Maslany who walked
away with the Emmy for outstanding actress in a drama series. IFC showcases some
of the world's top comedic talent, and AMC Networks' acquisition of a minority stake
in Funny or Die should lead to fruitful collaborations across both brands. SundanceTV
and WE tv also had banner years under Sapan's steady hand, with SundanceTV
growing to reach 66 million homes since AMC acquired it and WE tv steadily growing
viewership with new series such as " Mama June: From Not to Hot. "
Q&A
My OTT prediction is... new content formats developed for new technological
capabilities.
What product or service could you not live without? High speed broadband.
Last show I watched not on my networks: " Legion " on FX; " Casual " on Hulu
Favorite podcast: " Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin " ■
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