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19. PORTFOLIO PLAYERS
John Martin
Title: Chairman & CEO, Turner Broadcasting
Years in Cable: 21
Education: BS, Economics, Wharton School/University of Pennsylvania;
MBA, Columbia Business School
One Word that Best Describes Me: Curious
David Levy
Title: President, Turner Broadcasting
Years in Cable: 29
Education: Syracuse University
While Martin handles a hefty portfolio spanning news, entertainment, kids/
young adult, and sports networks, Levy oversees domestic entertainment as
well as kids/young adult nets. These two also manage business strategies
and operations for the networks and their digital counterparts. Under their
stewardship, Turner properties have experienced tremendous growth and
impressive ratings gains over the past year. Cartoon Network and Adult
Swim remain favorites in their desired demographics, while truTV continues
to redefine and broaden its voice.
John Martin
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible packaging?
More subscribers, more choice for consumers and a bright future
for the most popular brands
Virtual reality is... only at the very beginning of transforming the way con20.
PRE-SCRIPPS-TION FOR SUCCESS
Ken Lowe
Title: Chairman of the Board & President
and CEO, Scripps
Years in Cable: 22
Education: BA, University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill
One Word that Best Describes Me:
Optimistic
Burton Jablin
Title: COO, Scripps Networks Interactive
Years in Cable: 22
Education: BA, Harvard University
One Word that Best Describes Me: Thoughtful
While some forecast bumpy roads for the television industry, Scripps
continues to evolve and flourish under the leadership of this dynamic duo.
Part of the original team that launched HGTV in 1994, Jablin was upped
last August and has focused on international growth in his role overseeing
sales, distribution, programming, digital and strategic planning, all priorities
for Lowe. The Scripps ad sales team last year delivered a fourth consecutive
upfront that surpassed the $1 billion mark in gross sales, and expanded its
digital offerings as well as its Lifestyle Studio content.
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sumers engage with video content.
Last show I watched not on my
network(s): " Billions " (Showtime),
with my wife
My first job: Dishwasher at an Italian
restaurant
Favorite charity event you work
with: United Negro College Fund
What was the last costume that
you wore and why? Batman,
because who doesn't want to be
Batman?!
What should cable do to improve
its image? Innovate faster to improve
consumer experience
New favorite binge: " Game of
Thrones "
Hoverboard, driverless car or
drone: Driverless car
I watch the majority of programming
on this device: TV and phone
at the same time
Favorite Podcast: Re/Code's Decode
My typical breakfast is: Protein
shake with fruit and peanut butter
My Starbucks order: Grande coffee
with room ■
Ken Lowe
My cable industry mentor and why: John Hendricks - Leadership
My personal theme song is: " Take It Easy " by the Eagles
My first job: Disc jockey
Favorite vacation spot: St. Barts
Burton Jablin
My cable industry
mentor and why:
Frank Gardner,
because he opened up
great opportunities.
Hoverboard, driverless
car or drone:
Driverless car
" Star Trek "
celebrates its
50th Anniversary
this year. So if Mr.
Spock's motto is " Live Long and Prosper, " mine is... Stay focused on
what's important
My first job: Research Assistant at WBBM-TV Chicago
Favorite vacation spot: Costa Rica ■
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