Best Advice in
Words or Less: Work hard;
give other people credit.
Title: President, Travel Channel
Number of Years in Cable: 20
Education: MA, Columbia
University; BA, Montclair State
Why Them? This presidential
pair has been a powerful
catalyst for attracting viewers
(and potentially buyers) over
to lifestyle networks.
On the culinary side, Johnson
continues to reshape the food
genre, engaging viewers with
hands-on cooking programs
and leveraging the
influence to promote social
causes. Her efforts led Food
Network to a record Q1 this
year. Likewise, Ong drove Travel
Channel forward after coming
off the most successful year ever. Her
recent premiere of following Todd
Carmichael in his quest for the
de la coffee,
seeks to expand the
56. STARZ ALIGNING
Title: CEO, Starz
Title: President, Starz
Why Them? Curtis, been
a quiet force at Starz dating back
to the John Sie days, ably stepped
up this year to fill the role vacated
by Bill Myers, reporting to Albrecht.
He oversees daily operations at
the company, including the hefty
Starz Animation division. Under watch, 2011-12 has been
marked by continued record revenues, cashflow and subscriber totals for both
Starz (20.8 million and Encore (34.3 million). As
icing on the cake, they tossed their hat mightily
into the TV Everywhere ring with the launch of
the Starz Play Encore Play services. And the
duo is only just revving the engine, with a strong
focus on originals. 2013 will see the fourth
and final installment of War of the
and White Michael
is in development for 2014.
reach to foodies and coffee
carriers alike. Together, these
two media maestros continue
to bolster the Scripps brand
through innovative initiatives
and rich, original programming.
The biggest innovation in
cable over the last year
has been... TV Everywhere
Early bird or night owl?
The song I sing most often
in the shower is... Anything
by the Beatles
Favorite fictional character? Sherlock Holmes
give up my cell phone
for a week if...You can
guarantee me a beach with
warm water and waves.
The one thing do differently if I could go back
to high school...Do my
My trick for keeping my
email inbox from filling
up? Delete, Delete, Delete
The one thing I tell my
kids about success in
life: Find something you like
to do and do it.
Mulan the Warrior Princess
My favorite restaurant:
Vedge in Philadelphia
My favorite business and/
or motivational book:
Confidence by Rosabeth Moss
Early bird or night owl?
Definitely an early bird. I love My favorite vacation spot:
the promise of a new day and Sydney, Australia
My guilty television pleaall that is possible.
Favorite fictional character? sure is: of
Title: COO, Turner Network Sales
Title: President CNN News Networks and
Turner Digital Sales
Title: President, Turner Entertainment and
Young Adults Ad Sales (pictured, below, right)
Why them? revenue team is proactively
pitching integrated ad deals that extend across
multiple screens. The squad hopes a more convergent approach that taps all available channels will
become an enticing lure for potential ad partners.
CNN demonstrated the demand for this model by attracting a bundle of sponsors to take part in its 2012
Election package. And while TV ratings have sagged,
CNN Digital grew 117% year-over-year, making
network success increasingly tied to cross-platform
collaboration. With and Speciale signing
promotional deals and Breland concentrating on
development of a convergence model, the team is
poised to provide better ad options to its partners.
I'd give up my cell phone for a week if... I try,
but it keeps ringing, which is a good thing given
my kids have aspirations that may need funding.
Why Isn't TV Everywhere... everywhere yet?
New behaviors take time. The experience (what
viewers get, when and where) needs to be as consistent as possible. Then it will be easier to market
the value of the experience and how it alters laws of
time and space.
Favorite fictional character: James Bond,
007. He has the best toys.
The one thing I would tell my kids about
success in life: Continually re-invent yourself
and have fun.
This incident from my youth taught me an
important lesson. What was the incident and
the lesson? I chewed up and swallowed a doubleedge razor when I was about 16 months old. Yes,
seriously. I could just as easily not be here. So every
day is a pretty good day.
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