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5. SHAKE IT UP
Bonnie Hammer
Title: Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment
Years in Cable: 29
Education: BA, Science, Boston University; MA, Boston University
Hammer is tireless when it comes to honing the portfolio of her NBCU Cable Entertainment Group.
After making some changes in 2014 and 2015, she shook things up again earlier this year, grouping
what she's deeming the " entertainment networks " under USA chief Chris McCumber in the same way
she grouped Lifestyle networks with Frances Berwick at the helm. She also is centralizing all scripted
development under NBCU veteran Bill McGoldrick. We don't know what other plans Hammer has up
her sleeve but with her track record, we have no doubt they'll be on point. ■
6. MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Randy Freer
Title: President & COO, Fox Networks Group
Years in Cable: 27
Education: St. Joseph's College
Freer is a designated hitter when it comes to rights acquisitions and maintaining team and league
relationships on behalf of Fox Sports. He oversaw the negotiations that led to new long-term agreements
with the NFL, MLB and the USGA, as well as with the Pac-12, Big 12, and Big East Conferences, and
he played a key role in Fox's acquisitions of the World Cup and the UFC. His job includes overseeing
revenue, distribution and operations for all of Fox Networks Group, including Fox Broadcasting, FX Networks,
Fox Sports, Fox International and National Geographic Channels. As 2016 continues, he'll focus
on leading the operations for the company's consolidated advertising sales organization.
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: Mobility
Favorite vacation spot: Park City ■
7. REAL SUCCESS
Nancy Dubuc
Title: President & CEO, A+E Networks
Years in Cable: 17
Education: BA, Boston University
The exponential growth of A+E Studios, creation of new linear net Viceland and significant international
expansion are among recent achievements under the skillful watch of Dubuc. As head of
domestic and global operations, she continues to innovate, building on its success across platforms
and markets. Need proof? A+E TVE apps have been downloaded 41 million times. Additionally, A+E
Studios' first scripted series " UnREAL " became Lifetime's youngest-skewing scripted show ever, and
the network unveiled the Broad Focus initiative focused on supporting and developing female writers,
producers and directors. Expect plenty more studio growth, including a project at ABC, and big buzz
around a little miniseries event called " Roots. "
What was your first job? Intern, NBC News
Favorite charity event you work with: Team Rubicon, a great service org for veterans
" Star Trek " celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. So if Mr. Spock's motto is " Live Long
and Prosper, " mine is... Who dares, wins
My cable industry mentor: Abbe Raven ■
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