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34. ANTHOLOGY OF SUCCESS
35. ACQUISITION MAN
John Landgraf
Title: CEO,
FX Networks
& FX Productions
Years in Cable:
11 (14 if you count
EP'ing " Reno 911! " )
Education: B.A.,
Anthropology,
Pitzer College
The critical and ratings success of series like
" American Horror Story " and " The Americans " should
be enough to make any cable executive smile, but
Landgraf should be grinning ear to ear. The first
season of FX's second anthology series, " Fargo "
earned critical buzz, solid ratings and a slew of
awards, cementing FX's reputation for and Landgraf's
commitment to high-quality programming.
I watch most programming on this device:
Large screen TV
If I had a show on YouTube it would be called...
" The fence is also a thief... "
What's your favorite screen? IMAX
Apple iWatch or Rolex? No watch
I wish Congress would just... self-deport.
If Disney hired me to reboot " Star Wars " I would...
embarrass them and myself.
My favorite business/motivational book:
The Road Less Traveled ■
36. DISTRIBUTION DREAMS
Denise Denson
Title: EVP, Content Distribution, Viacom Media Networks
Years in Cable: 21
Education: BS, Finance/International Accounting,
University of Southern California
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Enjoy the ride and
bring others along.
Denson thrives on the challenges posed by the everchanging
cable distribution landscape. Negotiating
advantageous carriage deals for all of the Viacom
Media Networks-and platforms-is more than a
full-time gig. Last year she struck deals with more
than 20 percent of Viacom's subscribers and launched
EPIX with additional distributors including Time Warner
Cable and AT&T.
I watch most programming on this device: Sometimes
I'll catch up on my tablet, but television is still the best.
Cablefax: The Magazine
Andy Albert
Title: SVP, Content Acquisition,
Cox Communications
Years in Cable: 28
Education: Syracuse University,
College of William and Mary
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
Do it right the first time
As Cox's point man for content negotiations,
Albert spent the past year quietly
completing a slew of new programming
deals, including those for ESPN's SEC
Network. He's kept Cox riding high in the
hotly competitive and costly sports arena,
buffering the provider somewhat from the
threat of cord cutters and OTT entrants.
Albert knows that the cost of plumped-up
bundles is chipping away at traditional
customers, and he's working hard to strike
a balance between those large bundles
and a-la-carte-the skinny bundle.
If I ever found myself saying " Better Call
Saul, " I'd seek his advice on... negotiating
retransmission consent agreements.
Favorite Cable Show memory: The
floor in the good ole days-bands, stars,
skateboard demos, WWE wrestling.
Desert island album:
Earth Wind and Fire's Greatest Hits -
Keeps the energy high.
Favorite TV show as a kid:
Yankees baseball games
The last time I had a good laugh
was... I agree with Coach V. You should
laugh every day. ■
The day we get multiplatform measurement is
the day I...celebrate! We're been going digital for
years-even though it hasn't been measured, our
demos love the flexibility. A single aggregate measurement
is long overdue.
Apple iWatch or Rolex? Cartier
If I could interrupt Kanye West just once,
I would tell him... Thank you! That's what the
MTV VMAs are all about.
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram
The technology that will most benefit
cable over the next year is...
authentication.
Favorite Cable Show memory:
Elton John-a legend-playing at
the House of Blues Viacom party
Favorite TV show as a kid:
" Speed Racer "
The last time I had a good
laugh was...last night at dinner
with my family. ■
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