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76. THE INVESTIGATOR
Kevin Bennett
Title: GM,
Investigation
Discovery &
American Heroes
Channel; EVP.
Programming,
Investigation
Discovery,
Destination
America, American
Heroes Channel,
Discovery Life
Channel & Discovery Family Channel; EVP
& GM, Investigation Discovery & American
Heroes Channel
Years in Cable: 20ish
Education: BA, MA Communications,
West Virginia University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
" Don't Stop Believing " - Journey
77. THE KIDS CLUB
Sean Cocchia
Title: SVP & GM,
Disney Channels Worldwide
Years in Cable: 15
Education: BA, Finance, University of
Notre Dame
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
" Sometimes the best strategy is to put
your head down and stick to your knitting. "
- Anne Sweeney
Nancy Kanter
Title: EVP, Original Programming & GM, Disney Junior Worldwide
Years in Cable: 18 years in children's television
Education: BA, Film and Theatre (Magna Cum Laude), Hunter College
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Be curious, be kind.
With network originals like " Sofia the First, " " Doc McStuffins, " " Jake and
the Never Land Pirates " and " Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, " Kanter has led
the success of 24-hour network Disney Junior across all Disney businesses.
And on linear, it ranks as the #1 preschool-dedicated TV network
in Total Day for the second consecutive year. At Disney Channel, Cocchia's
accomplishments include locking in the network as tops among kids 6-11
and tweens once again, garnering ratings wins with original movies and
transitioning Radio Disney to a digitally focused multiplatform music brand.
Cocchia
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year:
Launch of the Sling TV product
Should the industry embrace or reject " virtual MSOs " and why?
Embrace. Like previous business disruptions (DBS, Telcos, SVOD), virtual
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Investigation Discovery continues to be the
envy of many of its peers, ending 2014 as
a top 5 network among women in total day.
Bennett's been blazing the true crime trail at
ID for seven years-long before anyone was
downloading " Serial " to their podcasts. He's
also shepherded Military Channel's transition
to American Heroes Channel, which just
wrapped its best year ever in prime delivery
among several major demos, including P2+
(220K). Bennett wasn't always a successful
television exec. On his way to the top, he held
a variety of short-lived jobs including commercial
glass installer, whitewater river guide,
banquet waiter, hospital groundskeeper and
corporate immigration paralegal.
I watch most programming on this device:
Television by far. It invites others to join in the
experience. I read or listen to music on other
devices, but televisions are by far the best way
to consume video.
The biggest innovation in cable over the
last year: The key innovation in cable continues
to be the remarkable creative content
across the industry. There has never been a
time where so much quality programming was
available on one platform.
What's the next big broadband project no
one's talking about yet and why?
There is a revolution in guided video content
curation coming: customizable guides to steer
viewers to content they would want to see
but may not be aware of, be it on a traditional
linear net, digital or SVOD platforms.
The day we get multiplatform measurement
is the day that... should have been
yesterday.
If Disney hired me to reboot " Star Wars "
I would... never go on the Internet or social
media to read what they are saying about me.
My favorite newfound hobby:
Answering questions on what I thought
about the Serial Podcast. ■
MSOs will help to drive competition and investment in innovation and
creativity throughout the ecosystem.
Apple iWatch or Rolex? Apple iWatch
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram
My favorite newfound hobby: Obsessive focus on my fitbit steps
Which character would I most want to double-cross me on " Game of
Thrones " and why? Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish: he would do it with a smile - " A
man with no motive is a man no one suspects. Always keep your foes confused. "
Desert island album: Ben Folds, Rockin' the Suburbs
Favorite TV show as a kid? The Epic Japanese anime series " Robotech "
The last time I had a good laugh was...
" Fresh off the Boat " - " Persistent Romeo, " a story of giving " the talk. "
My favorite business/motivational book: Turn the Ship Around: A True
Story of Turning Followers into Leaders - L. David Marquet
Kanter
I watch most programming on
this device:
TV in my bedroom-DVR programs
only. I don't watch anything " live. "
If I had a show on YouTube it
would be called... " Let Me Tell
You " ... It would be my opinion on
everything-restaurants, travel spots,
killer moisturizers and hair products.
Apple iWatch or Rolex? Can I get the Tag Heuer -Google smart watch instead?
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram, but only for travel photos.
If my office produced a viral video, the background music would
be... Frank Sinatra, the Capitol Records recordings
Favorite vacation spot: Corsica
Dish I can make and that would impress a celebrity chef:
Salmon coulibiac ■
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