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28. PROOF OF PASSION
Tonia O'Connor
Chief Revenue Officer
Univision Communications Inc.
Years in Cable: 23
Education: S.I. Newhouse School of Public
Communications at Syracuse University with
a dual major in Broadcast Journalism and
Political Science.
Jessica Rodriguez
President & COO
UCI Networks
CMO
Univision Communications Inc.
Years in Cable: 18
Education: BS, Fordham University; MBA,
Stanford University School of Business
O'Connor has been the driver behind the creation
of new partnerships and revenue streams. She
launched UCI Live, the network's new in-house
marketing unit, while also renewing partnerships
with DirecTV Now, fuboTV, Verizon's Go90
platform and others. Her ability to seal the deal
is unrivaled, with the past year seeing her secure
UCI's first Spanish-language premium movie
streaming service deal with Lionsgate and widereaching
distribution deals with AT&T, Charter
and Verizon. She's also committed to closing
the diversity gap, starting the Project Unbound
initiative. Rodriguez may have only risen to her
current role in January, but she's been an invaluable
member of the UCI team for nearly 20 years.
She's seen the organization through a major
restructuring, allowing for seamless collaboration
with UCI's partners at Televisa. The unified content
teams that have resulted have already been
performing well, only furthering the integration
and success of the pair. Rodriguez was also a
major player in the creation of " Proof of Passion "
in May 2017, which positioned Univision's new
content as the key to consumer passion.
Tonia O'Connor
If I ever get elected President, my first
executive order will be... to reinstate DACA
(an easy, no-brainer).
Your social media platform of choice?
Instagram
What product or service could you not live
without? Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Protein Bars (I buy them by the box).
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What's the first thing you read in the morning?
Texts and messaging apps.
Last show I binged not on my network(s):
" The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel "
Favorite podcast: NPR - " How I Built This "
Jessica Rodriguez
The biggest innovation in media/broadband
over the last year? The convergence of digital
and real life events. People still seek connections
and live experiences - bringing that to life and
full circle with innovations like augmented reality
will continue to make an impact.
Best advice your mom or dad ever gave
you? You need to know what you want to do
and just as important is to know what you don't
want-ask yourself what are those things you
want to do less of.
What's the first thing you read in the morning?
The New York Times
Last show I binged not on my network(s):
" La Casa de Papel " on Netflix
Favorite podcast: " Recode Decode, " hosted by
Kara Swisher ■
29. KEYS TO THE MAGIC KINGDOM
Justin Connolly
EVP, Affiliate Sales
& Marketing
Disney and ESPN
Media Networks
Years in Cable: 15
Education: BA, MBA,
Harvard University
Gary Marsh
President, Chief Creative Officer
Disney Channels Worldwide
Years in Cable: 30
Education: UCLA
2017 was a home run year for Connolly, who
expanded Disney and ESPN's position on traditional
and digital platforms through a renewal deal with
Altice USA. He's also responsible for a renewal deal
with Vivicast; vMVPD distribution agreements with
YouTube TV, Hulu and CenturyLink Stream and the
placement of original content through Facebook
Watch. His goals for 2018 include streamlining
the authentication process while also providing
customers with information on why it's beneficial to
have content on multiple platforms. In his landmark
thirtieth year with Disney, Marsh fought to keep
audiences by elevating the youth networks' already
strong reputation for quality original programming
and careful consideration of how to make the leap
to mobile and online formats. He also keeps the
Disney Channel musical telefilm series humming,
with " Descendants 3 " to debut next year.
Justin Connolly
Best advice your mom or dad ever gave you?
If you can't say something nice, say nothing at all.
Worst advice your mom or dad ever gave
you? Too much TV will turn your brain to mush.
An area where media/ broadband could use
improvement? Better content personalization.
What product or service could you not live
without? ESPN+
If you could have a superpower, what would
it be and why? Flying ■
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