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65. MOVING ON UP
Howard Lee
President & GM
TLC & Discovery Life
Years in Cable: 20
Education: NYU Tisch School of the Arts - Film/Television
Allison Page
President
HGTV & Food Network
Years in Cable: 16+
Education: Northwestern
Boosting both pop culture buzz and overall female viewership are two
reasons Lee earned his recent promotion to president and GM. With his
team, Lee oversees more than 500 hours of original programming and
developed the ambitious, live, four-night event, " This is Life Live. " This
spring he even brought back TLC's landmark series, " Trading Spaces "
after a lengthy absence. Lee's ability to build unscripted series with
zeitgeist-y appeal around identifiable personalities may be TLC's best
programming advantage. Page stepped up to her new role in April,
overseeing all content for HGTV and Food Network, as well as their
associated passion brands DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great
American Country. In her previous role of GM of HGTV, DIY Network,
Great American Country and Travel Channel, series such as " Fixer Upper "
and " Flip or Flop " soared to record ratings for HGTV.
Howard Lee
If you wrote a " Black Mirror " episode, what dark side of technology
would you explore and why? Waze and how it could suddenly send me
to a whole other world.
Favorite restaurant:
Taco Bell - The Original Hard shell Taco with no cheese.
Best advice your mom or dad ever gave you? You will always look different
than everyone else in corporate meetings. That's OK.
Worst advice your mom or dad ever gave you?
Don't watch so much TV.
Your social media platform of choice? I tend to shy away from social media.
Bitcoin - pro or con? Con
What would be the name of the reality show based on your company?
" Go For It "
66. I WANT MY McCARTHY TV
Chris McCarthy
President
MTV, VH1 & Logo
After amazing success with Logo and VH1-and nabbing a few Emmys in the process-McCarthy
decided to reinvigorate the Viacom mothership, MTV. Since July that
network has been the fastest growing top 30 cable network in primetime; it saw its
best streak in six years with a 16%-plus hike in primetime ratings; and social views
hit 3.6 billion. McCarthy also revolutionized awards shows by eliminating gendered
categories in the VMA and Movie & TV Awards. Meanwhile, VH1 had 10 consecutive
quarters of year-over-year growth, and Logo saw its best linear ratings ever. ■
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What product or service could you not live without? Turner Classic
Movies Channel
What's the first thing you read in the morning? Printed newspapers
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible packaging?
Excellent, and it will indeed be a force.
Last show I binged not on my network(s): " The Crown " - Season 2
Favorite podcast: " You Must Remember This "
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? To go
back and say what I wanted to say to those who've passed away.
Allison Page
Your social media platform of choice? Instagram for myself and Snapchat
with my kids.
Favorite short-form content? " Deadliest Chef " on Comedy Central.
Anything with Stephen Colbert or Seth Meyers. And " Billy on the Street "
clips.
What product or service could you not live without? Waze
What's the first thing you read in the morning? The Morning Briefing
from The New York Times.
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible
packaging? The future is now. The more options we give consumers,
the better chance we'll have of attracting them and bringing them back
to our content.
Last show I binged not on my network(s): " Billions " and " Broad City "
Favorite podcast: " The Daily " -I don't miss an episode. I also love " This
American Life. "
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? I wish I
could teleport. That would give me more face time with my team and my
family, although I guess it would cut down on the podcast time. ■
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