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1. THE ONLY CONSTANT IS CHANGE
Stephen B. Burke
Title: CEO, NBCUniversal; EVP, Comcast Corp.
Education: Colgate University; MBA, Harvard
Business School
Neil Smit
Title: President & CEO, Comcast Cable; EVP,
Comcast Corp.
Education: BA,
Duke University;
Master's,
Tufts University's Fletcher School
Michael Angelakis
Title: Vice Chairman & CFO, Comcast Corp.
Education: Babson College;
Harvard Business School's Owner/President
Management Program
Yes, Comcast remains king this year. Although
Angelakis is exiting his position
to launch a company that
invests in growth-oriented
companies, Comcast will be
a major investor. And he's
not leaving just yet-he'll
be around for the pending
Comcast acquisition of Time
Warner Cable and will aid with
the transition to his successor.
Meanwhile, Burke will continue
to oversee the company's
valuable portfolio of news,
sports and entertainment
networks, a premier motion
picture company and
significant TV production
operations, a leading television
stations group and a world-renowned theme park. Smit, who served on active
duty with the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams for five and a half years, continues to
focus on delivering innovative products and services to Comcast customers as
the MSO cements its leadership position in the industry. ■
2. A SMOOTH TRANSITION
John Skipper
Title: President, ESPN;
Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks
Years in Cable: 18 years at ESPN
Education: BA, North Carolina;
MA, Columbia University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Tweet less,
eat more vegetables.
Ben Sherwood
Title: President, ABC/Disney Television Group;
Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks
Best Advice in Seven Words or Less: Live
everything. Live the questions now.
It's a tall order following in Anne Sweeney's
footsteps, but the insatiably curious Sherwood
has proven himself more than up for
the job since he stepped in to his new role in
February. He can count turning ABC's " Good
Morning America " into a top-rated morning
TV show as just one of his major accomplishments.
At ESPN, Skipper navigated the network
to mega ratings wins with its inaugural
College Football Playoff system, the 2014
FIFA World Cup and record-breaking ESPN
Digital numbers, to name just a few. Meanwhile,
ESPN scored six long-term distribution
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agreements with major MVPDs-DirecTV,
Dish, NTTC, NCTC, Suddenlink and Mediacom-while
securing significant multiplatform
programming deals with the NBA and MLS.
Skipper
I watch most programming on this device:
The best available screen
What's your favorite screen? As the cable
pioneer Stephen Stills said, " Love the One
You're With. "
If Disney hired me to reboot " Star Wars " I
would... Defer to the wise Alan Horn
Desert island album? Assuming there was
good wireless, Spotify
My favorite business/motivational book:
Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son:
Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation by
Charles Dickens
Sherwood
What's your favorite screen? iPad
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Twitter
Favorite vacation spot: Disney Parks &
Resorts, of course
Favorite TV show as a kid? " The Six Million
Dollar Man "
My favorite business/motivational book:
Different by Youngme Moon ■
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