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80. HE SHOOTS, HE SCORES
Jon Litner
Title: Group President, NBC Sports Group
Years in Cable: 10
Education: BA, Yale; JD, Cornell
A two-sport varsity athlete at Yale, Litner knows
all about the winning play. He oversees the Golf
Channel and NBC Sports' portfolio of Regional
Sports Networks that serve 10 major markets.
Over the last year, he has fostered operational
excellence that has resulted in another
record-setting year at the Golf Channel in both
viewership and revenue. He also spearheaded
long-term broadcast rights agreements for NBC
Sports Regional Networks with major providers
including Dish and DirecTV.
81. VARIETY PACK
David Kenny
Title: Chairman & CEO, The Weather Company
Years in Cable: 3
Education: MBA, Harvard Business School
Sandy Wax
Title: President, Sprout
Years in Cable: 20+
Education: MBA, Loyola Marymount
Mark Hoffman
Title: President, CNBC
Years in Cable: 15
Education: BA, UC Berkeley; MA,
University of Missouri
As a whole, what these three execs bring to
the executive table is greater than the sum of
their individual contributions. At the Weather
Channel, owned by a consortium of NBCU,
The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital,
Kenny launched AMHQ, a new morning
show with Sam Champion. Meanwhile, Wax
continues to lead Sprout's transition from a
library channel to an originals-driven network,
with an emphasis on high-quality animation.
Finally, Hoffman's launching of reality TV during
primetime hours has not been unnoticed
by other news networks that have gone on to
experiment with similar concepts. ■
82. VIRTUAL REALITY
Yvette Kanouff
Title: SVP & GM, Service Provider Video Software & Solutions
Group, Cisco
Years in Cable: 20+
Education: Masters in Mathematics
Kanouff joined Cisco last June from Cablevision, bringing
her prowess as a team leader and nurturer as Cisco
pushes for innovation via cloud-based and other services.
In less than a year, she's already had a positive impact on
the business and the company's financials, with the S&S
Group experiencing positive growth during the last quarter
of 2014. Among her priorities is leading the expansion of
Cisco's Videoscape Virtualized Video Processing solution to
virtualize and orchestrate all functions required to produce
and deliver multiscreen video, an advancement that aims
to aid pay-TV operators and media companies in scaling
their video processing workflows. ■
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