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16. TAKE DOWN
Dave Howe
Title: President,
Syfy and Chiller
Years in Cable:
13
Education: Reading
University
Chris McCumber
Title: President, USA Network
Education: BA, Government & Law,
Lafayette College
17. HEAD OF THE CLASS
Bill Goodwyn
Title: President & CEO,
Discovery Education; CEO,
Domestic Content Distribution,
Discovery Communications
Years in Cable: 32
Education: BA, Journalism,
UNC Chapel Hill
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
Manage the business, not your career.
Want to see Goodwyn light up? Ask him about Discovery Education's digital
textbook business. You'll quickly understand it's more than business,
but something he truly believes will transform American classrooms-all
through the use of broadband. Discovery Education has become the
fastest growing division of Discovery Communications since Goodwyn
took the helm. Of course, with the track record Goodwyn has built over his
27-year career at Discovery on the distribution side, there was little doubt
he'd take Education to new heights. In the coming year, he'll oversee the
launch of the Discovery Educator Network, a global community of education
professionals and new partnerships with the division. And yes, he still
oversees all domestic distribution as well. Busy much, Bill?
I watch most programming on this device: Airplane seatbacks, but prefer
to be home watching Discovery Channel on a television.
Favorite screen: A screen porch at a beach house. Notwithstanding that
screen, it's the television. I have been leaning in at work with iPads, iPhones
and computers all week, so it's nice to lean back with the TV.
Favorite vacation spot: Wherever my wife and kids are.
Apple iWatch or Rolex? Neither... Would rather take the family on a
vacation instead.
If I could interrupt Kanye West just once, I would tell him...
" don't hate the playa "
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Whichever one my kids will respond to a
message from me...
Desert island album: The Beatles - White Album
Favorite TV show as a kid: " Wild Wild West. " Jim West could always get
out of jam.
The last time I had a good laugh was... when I was reading some of the
answers in this magazine.
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In an industry facing challenges at
all levels, McCumber's skill as a
strategic leader helped lead USA to
record-breaking success in 2014.
Under his stewardship, USA just
closed out its most profitable year,
netting more than $1 billion in profit
for parent NBCU. Among other recent
highlights, McCumber and NBCU Cable
Entertainment Board Chair Bonnie
Hammer negotiated the renewal of
a multi-year strategic partnership for
WWE's flagship programming and
ratings juggernauts " Monday Night
Raw " and " Smackdown. " Under
Howe's leadership, TV and pop
culture were once again attacked by
fan favorite " Sharknado 2, " whose
campaign was a delicate balance of
marketing and social media that met
with record-setting results. Howe's
upcoming projects include a bevy
of fare by A-list producers including
the highly anticipated " Krypton " with
David Goyer, " Hunters " with Gale
Anne Hurd, " Incorporated " with Matt
18. SCRIPTED SUCCESS
Jeff Wachtel
Title: Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment;
President, Cable Entertainment Studios
Years in Cable: 15
Education: BA, Drama, Yale University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Don't ask strangers for advice.
Wachtel sits at the helm of the NBCU cable portfolio's content engine
and thus impacts the entertainment consumed by millions of viewers.
His successes speak volumes about his highly accurate instincts,
which at this point are more than well known within every creative
circle of Hollywood. Recently, Wachtel's efforts led to two NBCU
networks entering the scripted world for the first time-Bravo with
" Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, " and on E! with " The Royals. " His successes
at Syfy include " 12 Monkeys " and " Ascension, " the network's
highest rated show.
I watch most programming on this device: iPad Mini
If I had a show on YouTube it would be called...
Crazy American Programmer
The day we get multiplatform measurement is the day I... can
make sense of our business.
I wish Congress would just... agree to disagree.
If my office produced a viral video, the background music
would be... Broken Bells' " After the Disco "
Favorite vacation spot: If I told you, it wouldn't be my favorite
vacation spot anymore.
The last time I had a good laugh was... My kids crack me up
every day. ■
Damon and Ben Affleck, and " 3001:
The Final Odyssey " (produced with
Ridley Scott). In more ways than one,
Howe has stepped up in a big way
over the last year. ■
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