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76. INVESTIGATING THE PAST
Kevin Bennett
Title: EVP & GM, Investigation Discovery &
American Heroes Channel
Years in Cable: 20
Education: BA, MA, West Virginia University
Bennett's hyper-focused programming approach
with both ID and AHC stems from
knowing his audiences-people who love truecrime
stories and those who enjoy narrative,
history-based documentaries-and securing
boundary-pushing programming those audiences
will love. With foundational programming
" Barbara Walters Presents: American Scandals, "
and " Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen, " Bennett
is expanding offerings with ID's first scripted
series, Serial Thriller and by giving AHC's
production and development teams leeway to
further explore the genre.
The biggest innovation in cable over the
last year: The biggest innovation remains the
fantastic content that keeps getting better and
better. The future of cable is all about investing
in quality programming content.
Favorite Podcast: " What the Crime?! "
Favorite binge: Rewatching " The Larry Sanders
Show. " It's even funnier than you remember.
I watch the majority of programming on this
device: It is still the TV, even if I download shows
I need to watch on a phone or tablet I generally
stream (airplay) to a TV (home or office).
Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Driverless
car, of course. Can't wait for all the other
drivers on the road to get one.
My Starbucks order: Iced tea (unsweetened, black
- I will take a large if you are headed there...)
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Ironically,
watching " Friday Night Lights. "
What was the last costume that you wore
and why? I dress as a giant Bat when Gotham
is in trouble, but perhaps I have said too much. ■
77. THE MOUSE THAT ROARED
78. A FASTER TEMPO
Sean Atkins
Title: President, MTV
Years in Cable: 23
Education: Bachelor's, California Lutheran University;
MBA, University of Southern California
One Word That Best Describes Me: Fun
Sean Cocchia
Title: EVP, Business Operations & GM, Disney
Channels Worldwide (pictured above)
Years in Cable: 16
Education: University of Notre Dame
One Word That Best Describes Me: Curious
Atkins, who took the helm at MTV in September,
is the first network president to be hired from
outside the company in MTV's 34-year history.
He's held posts at Discovery, Disney, HBO,
Yahoo, and Time Warner Cable, and has thrown
himself into his new role with gusto. Tops on
his to-do list are accelerating MTV's content
pipeline for linear and digital, evolving the brand
to be more platform agnostic and infusing
more music into everything MTV does. He's
already installed a new process for greenlighting
projects, launched a new MTV app and
more closely linked teams working across the
network's distribution platforms.
Last show I watched not on my network: " 60
Days In "
Nancy Kanter
Title: EVP, Original Programming & GM,
Disney Junior Worldwide (pictured above)
Years in Cable: 15
Education: BA, Magna Cum Laude, Film and
Theatre, Hunter College
One Word that Best Describes Me: Short
Disney Junior is growing up to unprecedented
success under the guidance of Cocchia and
Kanter, who oversaw the launch of new franchise
series " The Lion Guard " -already setting network
records. Aside from guiding network staples like
" Sofia the First " and 2015 Peabody-winning " Doc
McStuffins, " Kanter will be introducing a new
Disney princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures,
and a movie based on the " Fancy Nancy "
franchise. Promoted to his post last year, Cocchia
continues to excel at determining new business
opportunities to grow Disney Channels brands.
Sean Cocchia
If this election year was a reality TV series,
it would be called... " Do You Want to be a
Canadian Yet? "
Nancy Kanter
Last show I watched: " The Americans " (FX)
Favorite Podcast: " Hamilton, " the Podcast ■
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What was your first job? McDonalds... I was a
fry guy for 2 weeks.
If this election was a reality TV series, it
would be called... " Only In America "
Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: I love my
drone (yes-I have one).
Favorite podcast:
All 5 of MTV News' podcasts ■
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