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34. YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE COLLIER
Charlie Collier
Title: President & GM, AMC and Sundance TV
Years In Cable: 22
Education: BA, Bucknell; MBA, Columbia
One Word that Best Describes Me: Present
Under Collier's leadership, AMC during 2015 had one of the most successful
years of any network in the history of cable television. The network
said goodbye to " Mad Men " with its final seven episodes and moved
quickly away from nostalgia by achieving the top three premieres in cable
history in a single year with " Fear the Walking Dead, " " Better Call Saul, "
and " Into the Badlands. " Collier is also working his magic at SundanceTV,
which he added to his profile last April.
My first job: Picking golf balls out of the water for a nickel a ball.
If the election was a reality TV series, it would be called: " America:
Naked and Afraid "
What was the last costume that you wore and why? I dressed up as
Ted Sarandos at the FX holiday party. It killed.
I watch the majority of programming on this device: iPad in transit
Favorite podcast: Hardcore History
35. GEORGIA ON MY MIND
Mark Greatrex
Title: EVP, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, Cox
Communications (pictured, top)
Years in Cable: 5
One Word that Best Describes Me: Determined
Andy Albert
Title: SVP, Content Acquisition, Cox Communications
Years in Cable: 29 Yikes!
Education: Syracuse University; M.B.A.,
College of William and Mary
One Word that Best Describes Me: Funny
(but not in the same league as Ed Carroll)
These two entrepreneurial leaders continue to keep Cox
at the forefront of both the content and sales games in
a rapidly changing landscape. Promoted to his post last
July, Greatrex retooled the marketing and sales department,
centering it around customer experience-an
evolution that's been particularly instrumental in the
launch of Cox's Gigablast Internet service. Albert leads
a team of tough, fair-minded execs who excel in acquisitions,
retrans negotiations and contract renewals,
including the recent resolution with Nexstar.
Mark Greatrex
Virtual reality is... going to change our daily lives
faster than we expect.
What excites me most about DOCSIS 3.1? The
new innovations and businesses universal gig
speeds will empower
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The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is:
Great original content
My Starbucks order: " If Ahab has his way, neither thee nor me, nor any
member of this ship's company will ever see home again. " ■
" Star Trek " celebrates its 50th Anniversary
this year. So if Mr. Spock's motto is
" Live Long and Prosper, " mine is... Life is
short, have a big impact.
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Cutting
up the rug at a live concert
Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: I'll
take an exoskeleton robot, thank you.
Andy Albert
Virtual reality is... probably coming in some
form, but actual reality is so much better.
New favorite binge: " Silicon Valley " (am I
the last person to find this show?), " Brooklyn
99 " (it takes a certain sense of humor)
My cable industry mentor and why:
Patrick Mellon - taught me how to be a
tough negotiator, but most importantly how
to listen, compromise when
necessary and to always
treat people with respect
Favorite vacation spot:
Mountains or ocean. No one
told me that Atlanta isn't
particularly close to either.
My typical breakfast is:
Egg White Delight meal
from Mickey D's or Goldberg's
bagel depending on
which kid I drove to school
that day. ■
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