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16. SHOW ME THE MONEY
David Nevins
President & CEO
Showtime Networks
Years in Cable: 8
Education: Amherst College
recently renewed for another season and Jim Carrey,
already a force behind the net's " I'm Dying Up
Here, " jumping in front of camera for the upcoming
" Kidding, " his first starring role in a TV series
in more than two decades.
2017 was a year of expansion at Showtime, with
Nevins growing the company beyond cable to become
a premium OTT service as well. When it came to
sports programming, the network's efforts were
nothing short of a knockout. Showtime now holds the
belt for airing the biggest pay-per-view fight in history
courtesy of the Mayweather v. McGregor showdown.
He plans to continue the momentum through 2018
with the launch of two new limited series, " Escape
from Dannemora " and " Patrick Melrose. " Scripted
programming is in high gear with red-hot " Billions "
17. PROGRAMMING POWERS
Chris Albrecht
President & CEO
Starz
Years in Cable: 33
Education: BA, dramatic literature, Hoftsta
University
Carmi Zlotnik
President of Programming
Starz
Years in Cable: 31
Albrecht and Zlotnik's thoughtful curation of Starz's
content offerings and distribution model has been
paying off in spades of late, propelling their Cablefax
status forward more than 30 slots this year. Albrecht
has been the key behind the evolution of the network into a premium pay
TV powerhouse with his plan to dramatically increase the company's investment
in proprietary and licensed original programming. Zlotnik already
has used his passion for creative projects to build out the net's slate with
scripted dramas such as " Powers, " " American Gods " and " Outlander. " He's
18. THE FORWARD-THINKER
John Martin
Chairman & CEO
Turner
Years in Cable: 23
Education: BS, Economics, Wharton School/
University of Pennsylvania; MBA, Columbia
Business School
Turner experienced another banner year under
Martin's leadership, earning record revenue of
Cablefax: The Magazine
Best advice your mom or dad ever gave
you? Protect your name and good reputation
above all else.
Your social media platform of choice? Twitter
and Instagram
What's the first thing you read in the morning?
Email, Twitter trending topics and the New York
Times
What does the future look like for skinny bundles
and flexible packaging? There's going to be shakeout
and reshuffling, but bundles are here to stay.
Favorite podcast: " Ear Hustle " and " The Daily " ■
looking to continue adding to the number of Starz original series over the
next few years including the new " Sweetbitter, " and may look to develop
programming for underserved LGBTQ and Middle America audiences.
Chris Albrecht
What product or service could you not live without? Photo of my wife.
What's the first thing you read in the morning? Time of day.
Best advice your mom or dad ever gave you? Follow your heart.
Worst advice your mom or dad ever gave you? Follow your heart.
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible
packaging? Hopefully great.
Carmi Zlotnik
What product or service could you not live without? Soap and water.
What's the first thing you read in the morning? Emails
The biggest innovation in media/broadband over the last year?
Negative uses of personal data.
Best advice your mom or dad ever gave you? There is always something
that needs to get done. Never be idle.
If I ever get elected President, my first executive order will be...
Everything possible to help solve climate change.
Bitcoin - pro or con? Con ■
$12.1 billion and maintaining three of the top
five ad-supported cable nets in primetime-TBS,
TNT and Adult Swim-in the A18-49 demo.
Martin has been steadily shifting the company's
focus to use new tech to deliver fan-first
experiences, including enhancing AI, AR and VR
capabilities in Turner Sports' March Madness VR
coverage and CNN's 360-degree VR livestream
of the 2017 solar eclipse. He's equally focusing
efforts on data-driven metrics for targeted advertising
opportunities, highlighting the efficacy
June 2018
of TV and resurgence of
broadcast ad dollars with
guaranteed audience and
measurable performance
deliverables. And he's investing
and partnering with new
entities-including a new
rights agreement with UEFA,
the governing body of European
football as a means to
annex new audiences. ■
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