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24. TALENT SHOW
25. SHOOTING FOR
THE STARS
David Nevins
Title: President, Showtime Networks
Years in Cable: 5
Education: Amherst College
Former producer Nevins is a magnet for talented
producers and actors, which makes him a principal
player in Showtime's recent string of hits, from
" The Affair " to " Masters of Sex " to " Homeland, " the
first project he greenlit at the network. Showtime
nabbed 24 Emmy nominations this year and a
record-breaking nine Golden Globe noms. Looking
ahead, Nevins and his team developed comedy
series " Happyish, " which Showtime debuted in April. He also greenlit the highly
anticipated reboot of " Twin Peaks, " which, with Nevins at the helm, is in excellent
hands even if it ends up being without David Lynch.
I watch most programming on this device: My television set!!!
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: The uptake of
authentication services like Showtime Anytime
Apple iWatch or Rolex? iWatch
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Twitter and Instagram
If Disney hired me to reboot " Star Wars " I would... bring in J.J.
Abrams - oh wait...?
Favorite vacation spot: Montecito, CA
Desert Island Album: Brian Eno & John Cale - Wrong Way Up album
collaboration; David Bowie - Hunky Dory ■
26. BRAND POWER
Mel Berning
David Zagin
Title: President, Distribution,
A+E Networks
Years in Cable: 28
Education: BS, Syracuse University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
Be true to yourself.
Title: Chief Revenue Officer,
A+E Networks
Years in Cable: 11
Education: BA, University of
Virginia; BA, Columbia University;
MSJ, MBA Joint Program in Media
Management, Columbia University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
Don't let perfection be the enemy
of the good.
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Elevated to Chief Revenue Officer
in the last year, Berning focuses on
leveraging A+E Networks's brands
to create 360-degree ad sales
partnerships and sponsorships
with flashing programming events,
like the Sam Adams partnership
with History's " Sons of Liberty " and
A&E's Critics Choice Awards' deal
with Pizza Hut. In his new role he'll
attend to all revenue-generating
initiatives for A+E Networks's suite
of networks as well all departments
with responsible for producing
revenue. Zagin, meanwhile, has
spent the past year handling affiliate
sales revenue, domestic distribution,
affiliate marketing and TV Everywhere
advances for A+E Networks.
May 2015
Daniel York
Title: Chief Content Officer,
DirecTV
Years in Cable: 25+
In addition to fighting ever-rising
retransmission costs and hammering
out contract renewals with major
programming partners, York has
been heavily involved in the launch of Yaveo, DirecTV's first OTT streaming service
for Spanish-language viewers. On the programming side, York oversees
DirecTV's Audience Network, which has entered the original content game with
innovative series like " Rogue " and " Full Circle. " In high demand on the L.A.
party circuit, you'll probably see York at the next Hollywood bash-assuming
he can steal a few minutes away from the negotiating table.
Should the industry embrace or reject " virtual MSOs " and why?
Jury is still out
Favorite Screen:
Large 4K TV with DirecTV's Genie Go, supplemented by a tablet
The day we get multiplatform measurement is the day I...
can deliver more content to more devices
Apple iwatch or Rolex? IWC
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Pots
Desert Island Album: Best of Terry Jacks ■
New media and business development
for distributors also falls under
his purview. In the coming year he'll
execute A+E Networks's emerging
platform distribution strategy across
the entire portfolio.
Berning
I watch most programming on
this device: my 60-inch Ultra HD
Apple iWatch or Rolex? Rolex for
dress, iWatch for the gym
Favorite TV show as a kid: " Homicide "
(It took me a while to grow up!)
Dish I can make and that would
impress a celebrity chef: Low
Country Boil with andouille sausage.
My favorite business/
motivational book: Moneyball
Zagin
I watch most programming
on this device: I still prefer to
watch video on an HD screen. I
will acknowledge that the iPad is
picking up a lot of momentum as my
preferred second device.
Embrace or reject " virtual
MSOs " ? Regardless of whether
we want to accept or reject virtual
MSOs, the real answer is that we
cannot stop technology so therefore
we should embrace this next
evolution of distribution.
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat?
Instagram. Great way to see photos
of my kids
Favorite vacation spot: Israel.
Had a great family trip there two
years ago and can't wait to return,
hopefully many more times.
Favorite TV show as a kid: The
Saturday night block of " All in the
Family " and " Mary Tyler Moore. "
I guess that says a lot about my
social life as a kid.... ■
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