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13. THE RIGHT TRACK
Michael Biard
Title: President, Distribution,
Fox Networks
Years in Cable: 17
Education: BA,
Biology-Psychology,
Columbia University;
JD, Loyola Law School
15. INSIDE THE BIG TOP
Matthew C. Blank
Title: Chairman,
Showtime Networks
Years in Cable: 40
Education: University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School
of Business; Baruch College
One Word that Best Describes Me: Persistent
As a professionally licensed motorcycle racer, Biard
brings his lifelong passion for two-wheels to bear
on his professional endeavors, working closely with
management at Fox Sports on its broad slate of
exclusive motorcycle racing. He oversees all distribution
strategy and sales and marketing activity
for Fox's national and regional domestic television
networks and their non-linear extensions.
What does the future look like for skinny
bundles and flexible packaging? Tense
Last show I watched not on my network(s):
" Homeland "
My first job: Plumber's helper (excluding paper
routes)
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Summer
night at the Hollywood Bowl or The Greek Theater ■
David Nevins
Title: President & CEO,
Showtime Networks
Years in Cable: 6
Education: Amherst College
One Word that Best Describes Me: Relentless
Elevated to his post last year Nevins' works relentlessly to
achieve the widest possible audience for Showtime, across
platforms and markets. Under his leadership, the network has
grown its international reach through deals with Bell Media and
Sky Atlantic, and the content keeps flowing, including recent hit
" Billions, " upcoming return of " Twin Peaks, " Cameron Crowe's
" Roadies " and election insider " The Circus. " Guiding these efforts
is Blank's clear vision of the brand. He continues to act as liaison between Showtime and CBS,
finding ways to expand Showtime, keeping it as one of the most innovative networks in the industry.
14. CONTENT KINGS
Richard Plepler
Title: Chairman & CEO, HBO
Years in Cable: 20+
Michael Lombardo
Title: President, Programming,
HBO
Years in Cable: 20+
HBO was ahead of the curve
with its launch of standalone
streaming service HBO Now-
and it's working hard to achieve
additional distribution. Plepler recently set the number
of paying subs around 800,000 since its April 2015
debut-a number that doesn't include Playstation and
Xbox. And that's in no small part thanks to programming
whiz Lombardo, whose acumen for hits runs the
gamut from " Game of Thrones " to " Last Week Tonight "
to award magnet " Veep. " Expect a push for greater
distribution of HBO Now, through additional platforms,
skinny bundles and other possibilities for innovative
packaging. ■
Cablefax: The Magazine
Matt Blank
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: Showtime Over-The-Top
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible packaging? Slow by steady change
Last show I watched not on my network(s): " Better Call Saul "
My first job: Marketing trainee, Philip Morris companies
Favorite charity event you work with: Harlem Children's Zone's Friend of the Children dinner
" Star Trek " celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. So if Mr. Spock's motto is " Live Long
and Prosper, " mine is... Dressing on the side
My favorite hashtag is: #Homeland
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Movie and dinner
Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Drone
I watch the majority of programming on this device: iPad and smart TV
My personal theme song is: " You Can't Always Get What You Want "
Favorite vacation spot: Amalfi Coast
David Nevins
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: Showtime and HBO streaming services
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible packaging? One way or
another, it's coming.
Last show I watched not on my network(s): " Man Seeking Woman "
My first job: Telephone sales for Time-Life Books
Favorite charity you work with: Saban Free Clinic. Free medical clinic in Los Angeles.
If this election year was a reality TV series, it would be called... " The Circus: Inside the Greatest
Political Show on Earth "
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Eating and drinking with family and friends
My cable industry mentor and why: Matt Blank. I came late to the party and Matt knows everyone...
Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Love the Hoverboard. I was an early adopter. ■
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