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85. DISCOVERY'S GM GUARD
Nancy Daniels
Title: EVP & GM, TLC
(pictured, top right, 3rd from left)
Years in Cable: 7 at a cable network,
9 years freelance production
Education: BS from Ithaca College
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
Whatever the job - make yourself invaluable.
Marc Etkind
Title: GM,
Destination America
Years in Cable: 18
Education:
Brown University
Best Advice in 7
Words or Less:
Live each day as if
you're running for
class president.
Rick Holzman
Title: EVP & GM, Animal Planet (pictured below)
Years in Cable: 25
Education: Middlebury College
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
Surround yourself with people who challenge you.
Robert Scanlon
Title: GM, Velocity
Years in Cable: 37
Education: Ithaca College
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
Seek the job you'd do for free.
This GM crew has racked up a number of
milestones in the past year. Daniels can boast
that the recent wedding specials of " 19 Kids
and Counting " (for Jill and Jessa) were the
two most-watched telecast in series history,
pulling in an impressive 5.2 million and
4.3 million viewers. Etkind has helped make
Destination America one of cable's top-5 fastest
growing networks, with three years of doubledigit
growth. Now he's turning his attention to
integrating the recently acquired TNA Impact
Wrestling into the channel. Holzman got the
bump up to GM at Animal Planet last July. Following
his appointment, the network finished
2014 as a top 20 cable network for men 25-54
for the third consecutive year. He'll continue to
leave his mark on the net by expanding on the
" Surprisingly Human " brand. Scanlon has guided
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Velocity to double-digit ratings growth in
prime among key demos, including a 33
percent boost among men 18-34. He's
also the architect of Discovery's agreement
with Barrett-Jackson, the World's
Greatest Collector Car Auctions, which will
bring 100 hours of live programming to
Velocity and Discovery Channel this year.
Daniels
I watch most programming on this
device: On my television. Watching on
anything else feels like work!
If I had a show on YouTube it would be
called... " Say Yes to the Stress "
Apple iWatch or Rolex? Rolex (I think my iMac,
MacBook Air, iPad, and 2 iPhones are enough
apple for me-do I have to actually strap it on
my body too?)
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Twitter-I get
most of my breaking news from Twitter.
My favorite newfound hobby:
Spin/yoga hybrid class
The technology that will most benefit cable
over the next year is... multiplatform audience
measurement.
The awards show the industry needs right
now is... less awards shows.
Favorite vacation spot:
Lake Winnepesaukee, N.H.
Desert island album: Anything by Taylor Swift. I
have the musical taste of a 14-year-old.
Favorite TV show as a kid: " Little House on the
Prairie. " I loved all the books, and I wanted to
BE Laura Ingalls.
The last time I had a good laugh was...
in a marketing meeting with Leah Remini.
My favorite business/motivational book:
Good to Great
Etkind
If my office produced a viral video, the background
music would be...
" Party In the U.S.A. " - Miley Cyrus
Favorite vacation spot: Iceland
Desert island album: Philip Glass,
Songs From The Trilogy, because it
brought my wife and I together.
Favorite TV show as a kid:
" Rifleman " because I was named
after the little boy on the show by
my older brothers.
Dish I can make and that would
impress a celebrity chef: Pigs in a
blanket
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Holzman
The biggest innovation in cable over the last
year: The expansion of VOD and TV Everywhere
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? For me, it's
Twitter.
Which character would I most want to doublecross
me on " Game of Thrones " and why?
Daenerys Targaryen. Why? Dragons!
Desert island album: Definitely London Calling
by The Clash
Favorite TV show as a kid: " Monty Python's
Flying Circus "
My favorite business/motivational book:
Everything Bad is Good For You
Scanlon
The biggest innovation in cable over the last
year: The X1 set top box
If I could interrupt Kanye West just once, I
would say... is it true you're opening for Taylor
Swift?
My favorite newfound hobby: Boating
The technology that will most benefit cable
over the next year is: 360 degree video
Favorite vacation spot: Wherever my wife is
Desert island album: Child Is Father To the
Man - Blood Sweat and Tears
The last time I had a good laugh was...
filling out this questionnaire. ■
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