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69. A WINNING BET
Debra Lee
Title: Chair/CEO, BET Networks
Number of Years in Cable: 27
Education: JD and Masters in
Public Policy
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
Find your passion and work hard at it.
Why Her? Lee has worked tirelessly to revamp and
reinvigorate the BET brand, and her efforts are paying
off big time. After shifting the vision of the BET family
of networks and raising the bar on content messaging,
she set about ramping up programming with several
successful new originals, including ratings winner
" Let's Stay Together, " late-night news program " Don't
70.
CONFESSIONS
OF A
SHOPAHOLIC
Mindy
Grossman
Title: CEO, HSN
Number of Years in
Cable: 6
Education: Manhattanville
College, George
Washington University
Best Advice in 7 Words
or Less: Live a life of
purpose and passion.
Sleep " and Keyshia Cole's second reality show for the
network. Plus, she scooped up " The Game " after it got
canned by the CW, and has turned it into ratings gold.
Look for more shows aimed at different demos within
the African-American demographic. Savvy Lee knows
well it's not a one-size fits all market.
Early bird or night owl? Neither. My best hours are
10 am-3 pm.
The song I sing most often in the shower is...
None
" The Voice " coach I'd like to work with is...
Adam Levine
Gangnam style or Mozart? Gangnam style
Favorite fictional character? Dorothy in The
Wizard of Oz
I'd give up my cell phone for a week if... I
could get email and texts some other way.
The one thing I'd do differently if I could go
back to high school: Would not listen to boys.
The one topping that should never be put on
a hot dog: Mayo
My favorite restaurant: Nobu
The one thing I tell my kids about success in
life: Get the best education you can.
Bands I would actually go see live: Funkadellic
and George Clinton, Kool and the Gang, Ohio
Players, Earth Wind and Fire
My favorite vacation spot: Miami
My favorite iPad app: Bergdorf's shoe of the day
My guilty television pleasure is: " Entertainment
Tonight " and " Access Hollywood "
If I invented my own app it would... Be
Bergdorf's bag of the day
Why Her? The music and
film industries should be
tipping their hats to Grossman.
This triple-threat exec
continues to innovate in the
TV, retail and digital spaces,
building steady viewership
for HSN through technology
breakthroughs and salient
partnerships. She's been
building the network's showbiz
affiliations. Recently Rod
Stewart shattered music
records at HSN, selling 25K
units of his " Great American
Song Book Vol. 5 " in just
one hour, and Lionel Richie
also teaming up to promote
products associated with
favorite films, including the
recent Snow White And The
Huntsman. We don't know
how she finds time to actively
work toward advancing
women in cable, but we're
sure glad she does.
launched HSN's new HSN
LIVE Concert Series with
similar success, selling
nearly 20K copies of his
latest album " Tuskegee " in
one hour of air-time. She's
71. TECHNO BEAT
Tony Werner
Title: EVP/CTO, Comcast Cable
Education: Dakota County Technical
College
Why Him? Remember all that
cool tech Comcast flashed at the
Cable Show in Boston? A WiFi phone
service, enhancements to the X1
cloud platform, the Project Dayview
CableFAX: The Magazine
Disney World or Universal
Studios Orlando?
Disney World
My trick for keeping
my email inbox from
filling up? Delete, delete,
delete and answer all
within 48 hours.
The one thing I tell my
kids about success
in life: True success is
measured by your positive
impact on the world and
others, not by position,
power or wealth.
My favorite business
and/or motivational
book: The Medici Effect:
How Diversity Drives Innovation
by Frans Johannson
My favorite vacation
spot: Paris
My guilty television pleasure
is... " The Voice "
interactive dashboard linking multiple
devices to Xfinity? Well, Werner's the
behind-the-scenes guy making it
happen. Under his leadership, Comcast
has built a platform capable of
delivering the Xfinity experience over
an IP network to any device, anytime,
anywhere. He also oversees Comcast
Labs in partnership with Comcast
Chief Network Officer John Schanz.
Comcast Labs, which consists of
more than 1,000 engineers and
December 2012
developers across the country, has
delivered next-gen VOD, next-gen
3D, next-gen guides and more. Need
more proof he has the pedal all the
way down to the floor? Last year,
Comcast launched 16 products-
more than double the previous two
years combined. 2013 will be about
more advances in the IP space and
continued development of cloudbased
products. So, how does Werner
unwind? Scuba diving with sharks.
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