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86. A CHILL IN
THE AIR
Dave Howe
Title: President, Syfy and Chiller
Number of Years in Cable: 16
Education: Reading University, U.K.
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Keep Calm and
Carry On.
Why Him? While Halloween is always a big draw
for this duo of networks, Syfy is firmly ensconced
as year-round phenomena in more than 98 million
homes, and Chiller is carving out a niche all its
own. Much of the credit goes to Howe, who's been
finessing a slate of original programming, including
a hefty dose of reality shows, and connecting
content across platforms to help draw a consistent
fan base. This year is shaping up to be Syfy's
most-watched ever, and the momentum shows no
signs of letting up. Howe has a record 28 scripted
and reality development projects in the works, and
2013 will see the premiere of highly anticipated
" Defiance, " a transmedia experience that will unite
television and massive multiplayer online gaming
for the first time.
87. ARTS AFIRE
Charles Segars
Title: CEO, Ovation
(pictured, middle)
Number of Years in Cable: 10
Education: Loyola Marymount U.
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
Never lose the human element.
Why Him? In this age of slashed
budgets for the arts in our
schools, Segars is more passionate
than ever about his mission
to provide access to the arts
within the home via Ovation's
on-air and online programming.
Nowhere is this more evident
than during Arts Advocacy Day
in D.C, which Segars co-chaired
this year for the second year, and
the Ovation-sponsored Nancy
Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public
Policy. We were there in April,
and Segars' enthusiasm for
Ovation's mission is contagious.
Perhaps that's why the network
has seen such strong growth
over the past year, soaring 94%
in primetime, with distribution
rising 18%. Onward!
The biggest innovation in cable
over the last year has been...
88. EPIX
PROPORTIONS
Mark Greenberg
Title: CEO, EPIX
Number of Years in Cable: 30
Education: BA, Providence;
MBA, Columbia University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
Never accept " No. "
Why Him? EPIX was a key point
of contention in Viacom's summer
scuffle with DirecTV. And although
that movie didn't exactly end as
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My famous last words will be:
Engine two is still on fire.
Why isn't TV Everywhere...
everywhere yet? Retrans/must
carry laws.
The one thing I tell my kids
about success in life: Listen to
your mother.
My favorite iPad app: HIPGEO
planned, Viacom brass certainly went
to bat for Greenberg and company.
With good reason. The premium
television service is making good on
its new tagline, We Get Big Movies,
with the addition of " The Avengers, "
" The Hunger Games " and a slew
of other notables this year-with
more hits on the slate for next year.
Carriage remains a challenge, but
Greenberg presents a convincing argument,
mining not only movies but
genre-specific documentary, sports
and event content while tackling new
platforms.
December 2012
The one topping that should never
be put on a hot dog: Ketchup. I
much prefer catsup.
My favorite restaurant: Sally's
A-pizza in New Haven, CT.
Worst thing I've ever heard someone
say in a meeting: " Can't. " I
love doing things that people say
can't be done.
Bands I would actually go see live:
JD & The Straight Shot. Why not?
My favorite vacation spot: Nantucket.
It's an island paradise where I
can still get EPIX on DISH. Also, they
have a lot of sailboats.
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