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49. GAME CHANGER
Eric Shanks
Title: President/COO/Executive
Producer, FOX Sports
Years in Cable: 15
Education: Indiana University
Best Advice in 7 Words
or Less: Never give up
cabinet space.
Not only was 2014 the first full year for FOX Sports
One, it was Shanks' first full year as the sole president
of FOX Sports. As a new player-and the fastestgrowing
sports network-FOX Sports One already has
changed the television landscape. And not only that,
but Shanks has parlayed Fox's broadcast Super Bowl
coverage with several hours of ancillary footage of the
first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl on FOX Sports
One. With sports now among the most valued content
on TV, Shanks has a catbird seat at the table.
I watch most programming on this device: TV
Favorite screen: Sunscreen
Favorite TV show as a kid: " Cowboy Bob "
Dish I can make and that would impress a celebrity
chef: Homemade ice cream
My favorite business/motivational book:
Letters From The Chairman ■
51. THE RIGHT STUFF
Bill Haase
Title: SVP, Finance and
Administration, Comcast Spotlight
Years in Cable: 13
Education: Michigan State University
Hank Oster
Title: SVP/COO, Comcast Spotlight
Years in Cable: 30+
Charlie Thurston
Title: President, Comcast Spotlight
Years in Cable: 35
Education: Williams College
Together, these three members of Comcast Spotlight's
senior leadership team have generated more than $2.5
billion in revenue, representing 35 million households.
They each believe strongly in developing people
throughout their organization. Collectively, they have
achieved industry-leading sales results, which continue
to build a business unit that takes " cable advertising "
to new levels. As the year continues, the Spotlight team
will look to grow multiscreen and interactive advertising
opportunities and expand online advertising opportunities
by adding more video to the mix.
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50. STARZ 'N' PIPES
Chris Albrecht
Title: CEO, Starz
at 65-70 hours of original programming, with
" Black Sails, " " Da Vinci's Demons, " " Power " and
" Outlander " at the top of the list-with more to
come in 2016 and beyond. Moreover, the company
is launching its first Starz-branded venture
abroad with Starz Play International, an OTT play
at an affordable price point.
Zlotnik
Carmi Zlotnik
Title: Managing
Director, Starz
Years in Cable: 30
Education: On sets and
stages imparted
by DP's, AD's, grips and
gaffers
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Learn the
difference between pain and suffering.
Albrecht and his partner in programming
crime Zlotnik-also a team back in their HBO
days-have significantly upped Starz's originals
during the past several years, and now the net
is reaping the rewards. In 2015 the count is
52. FOLLOW THE LEADERS
Doug Herzog
Title: President,
Viacom Music
and Entertainment
Group
Years in Cable: 32
Education:
Emerson College
Cyma Zarghami
Title: President,
Viacom Kids' and
Family Group
Earlier this year
Viacom restructured
its network groups,
with Herzog heading up the newly-formed
Viacom Music and Entertainment Group and
Zarghami overseeing the expanded Viacom
Kids and Family Group. The division of labor
allows each exec to focus their considerable
strengths on opposite ends of the cable
spectrum. Given their exemplary histories
with Viacom, this could turn out as a pretty
May 2015
I watch most programming on this device:
Laptop with my iPhone 6 plus a close second.
The day we get multiplatform measurement
is the day I... have a useful piece of data-
nothing more and nothing less.
Apple iWatch or Rolex? I'm sticking with my
Casio Pathfinder for the time being-solar
powered with altimeter and compass.
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? None
If my office produced a viral video, the background
music would be... Social Distortion
Favorite vacation spot: Staying home or
wherever my family is
Desert island album: Mommy's Little Monster
Favorite TV show as a kid: " Get Smart "
The last time I had a good laugh was... watching
" Blunt Talk with Patrick Stewart "
My favorite business/motivational book:
Black Swan ■
smart way to help the company's networks
band together to maximize their collective
impact with social media and cross-channel
marketing, which is top of mind for top dog
Philippe Dauman.
Herzog
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Insta!
Favorite Cable Show Memory: Dawn
of the 80's, Vegas. Not sure if it was the
Cable Show but it was the day after St.
Patrick's Day. Ted rolls into the CNN booth
at around 11 in green pants. Me: " Hey,
Ted. Why the green pants? St. Patrick's
Day was yesterday. " Ted: " Yeah, I know.
I fell asleep in my clothes last night and
didn't feel like changing this morning. "
The awards show the industry needs
right now is...
less award shows.
Desert island album:
Blood On The Tracks
Favorite TV show as a kid:
" The Honeymooners "
The last time I had a good laugh was...
Comedy Central's Bieber Roast ■
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