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22. SCREEN DREAMS
Greg Rigdon
Title: EVP, Content Acquisition, Comcast Cable
Education: BA, Orberlin College; MA,
Russian Studies
Years in Cable: 10
Rigdon oversees the strategic direction of
Comcast Cable's content portfolio-and that
amounts to the negotiation of hundreds of
programming agreements for the company.
He and his team are responsible for negotiat23.
LEGAL EAGLE
Rita Tuzon
Title: EVP & General Counsel,
Fox Networks Group
Years in Cable: 19
Education: BA, Human Biology, Stanford
University; JD, UC Berkeley's Boalt
School of Law
One Word that Best Describes Me:
Straightforward
No grass grows under Tuzon's feet. She
led the Fox legal challenge regarding
DISH's Hopper, and successfully
represented Fox in WNET vs. Aereo,
one of the most high-profile and closely
watched copyright lawsuits affecting the
television industry. She also oversaw the
business and legal efforts to launch FOX
Sports 1 and FXX, as well as securing Fox's partnership with the Yankees
for the YES Network. Along with her legal savvy at the office, Tuzon is
also well-known for her ability and desire to mentor-not only her staff,
but also bright young people who come from economically challenged
backgrounds.
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: DAI becoming a reality
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible
packaging? Inevitable
Last show I watched not on my network(s): " The Office " reruns with
my teenager - evergreen!
My first job: Tutoring geometry
Favorite charity event I work with: Legal Aid Foundation's Access to
Justice gala
" Star Trek " celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. So if Mr.
Spock's motto is " Live Long and Prosper, " mine is... The same...
" Live Long and Prosper. " My brother is the original Trekkie, I can't answer
otherwise.
If this election year was a reality TV series, it would be called...
" Nightmare on Main Street "
Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Hoverboard-until it catches fire
My typical breakfast is: Iced Venti 7 pump soy Chai
My Starbucks order: See typical breakfast ■
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ing long-term TV Everywhere distribution
agreements with multiple content providers,
successfully securing the rights for customers
to watch content online, on mobile and on TV.
With the continued integration of products and
services, expect more content deals to surface
moving forward.
Last show I watched not on my network(s):
" Better Call Saul "
My first job: A Privatization Analyst in the
former Soviet Union
Favorite charity you
work with: Cradles to
Crayons
Hoverboard, driverless
car or drone: Driverless
car, so I won't
have to take SEPTA
anymore.
Favorite
vacation spot:
Colorado ■
24. FRIES WITH THAT?
Michael T. Fries
Title: President & CEO, Liberty Global
Years In Cable: 30
Education: BA, Wesleyan University
A 30-year veteran of the global cable
industry, Fries has been instrumental
in Liberty Global's expansion over
the last two decades. In the last year,
he focused on combining organic
growth with the adoption of new
technologies and significant acquisitions
to achieve international scale and consumer connectivity. The company
sealed a $5.3 billion deal to acquire Cable & Wireless Communications,
which added scale to its operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, and,
in a strategic content play, agreed to purchase a stake in Lionsgate. ■
25. SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES
Daniel York
Title: Chief Content
Officer, AT&T/DirecTV
Years in Cable: 25+
With AT&T's purchase
of DirecTV, York-
who formerly led the
telco's content and ad
sales strategy-finds
himself back home
again. With oversight
for DirecTV's investments,
acquisitions,
development and
original content, York
steered the satellite
company to the success that primed it for the $48.5 billion acquisition,
which created the world's largest pay TV entity. And he'll be a valuable asset
to the merged companies' future business plans, including the launch
of a new streaming service. ■
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