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Most Influential Minorities in Cable 2010: The Top 75
and affiliated stations and
strategic planning for opportunities
in the sports area. "
8. Marwan Fawaz
EVP, Operations and CTO,
Charter Communications
As Charter waded through turbulent
financial issues in 2009,
Fawaz maintained the company's
physical infrastructure-a
difficult task even in good times.
He's also a leader in cable's
tech community.
Tech Challenges: " The pace
of product development is accelerating
at a rate we haven't
experienced in our industry
for a long time. That's both
challenging and exciting. The
challenging part is primarily
related to the additional complexity
required in our network
and end-to-end systems. That
results in extra pressure on us
to continue developing employees
who are better trained and
equipped to keep up with the
pace of innovation.
Cable's Biggest Tech Opportunity
in '11: " There are
many...but the main one that
will help transform and evolve
our products is DOCSIS 3.0. "
a decidedly world view that
should serve her well now.
On Travel's Slate: " Travel
Channel's most popular
series center around adventures
featuring compelling
characters who engage
viewers. As we move
forward, our programming
must introduce more talent
who inspire and spark discussion.
Every journey has
a story. It's the sharing of
stories that makes travel so
appealing. Our programming
in early '11 will be full
of new personalities who
are entertaining, authentic
and credible. "
British model of making 6-8
episodes/year when U.S.
audiences are accustomed
to 22. We'd certainly prefer
longer runs, but the upside
is more variety and premieres
than any cable network. "
On Successful Shows:
" I've been an executive on a
number of successful shows
(Dexter, Nurse Jackie, Soul
Food). The key ingredients
these shows have had is a
strong, visionary executive
producer and a unique concept
that resonates with audiences.
An executive like me
can only do so much to help a
show. It's the people who live
and breathe it on a day-to-day
basis who have to have the
passion for excellence and the
wherewithal to see it through.. "
11. Scott Mills
President/CEO, BET Nets
Mills does it all, leading
BET's business functions,
including ad sales, distribution
and international
distribution.
9. Laureen Ong
President, Travel Channel
Having joined Travel in April,
the former Nat Geo chief has
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10. Herb Scannell
President, BBC
Worldwide America
A top-flight exec, Scannell's
also a good sport. As Nickelodeon's
chief he allowed himself
to be slimed repeatedly
by the net's trademark green
goo. It's more serious at his
new gig, which includes BBC
America. On his to-do list:
produce programs in the U.S.
and grow BBC A distribution
beyond 67mln HHs.
Making British Shows
Work in the US: " Quality is
quality and great TV stands
out the world over. The BBC
is renowned for quality and
innovative TV and we're
lucky to be able to bring the
best of that to BBC America.
More often than not we're
first with the next new ideas,
new formats and breaking
talent. There's the occasional
challenge, though. Like the
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On Opportunities: " Continuing
to super serve our
audience across all of our
platforms, in ways such as
the new scripted originals
on BET, a strong programming
slate for Centric, our
redesigned Web presence,
continued international expansion
and upcoming mobile
applications. In addition, we
are excited about several
non-media opportunities we
are exploring. "
12. Pearlena Igbokwe
SVP, Original Programming,
Showtime Networks
The slew of shows Igbokwe
has helped coax to success
are too numerous to list, but
trust us when we say she's
on the top of her game and
climbing higher.
September 2010
13. Albert Cheng
EVP, Digital, ABC/Disney
One of the smartest guys in
cable, this youth and powerful
tech guru deserves that
reputation. Disney has zigged
where others zagged on digital,
yet it's monetizing online
content better than many-
perhaps for that reason.
Challenges, Opportunities:
" Multiplatform access to
premium content will be
what consumers want.
Quality storytelling...will be
the differentiator for success.
What's exciting are the
breakthroughs in technology
and consumer experience
that can elevate the way we
merchandise stories and
connect with our viewers for
a stronger, more meaningful
relationship. The challenge
will be to clearly define the
value proposition for viewers
in every way we distribute
and price our content to
maximize and grow the business
with our partners. "
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