Cablefax Diversions


Charlie Dixon

July 30, 2015

Charlie Dixon loves Howard Stern celebrity interviews–and he’s got a whole series on his phone. Fox Sports’ EVP of content says that Stern gives the best interviews on the planet. “If you haven’t heard his Madonna or Arnold Schwarzenegger interviews then you are missing out. As you can see in the cute pic above, Charlie…


Damon Williams

July 27, 2015

Music Choice’s new SVP of programming strategy and partnerships Damon Williams loves muscle cars. He currently owns the beauty seen above, a 1972 Oldsmobile 442 with a 455 motor. Damon bought the car in 2010 and spent two years fixing it up and customizing it to his liking. It certainly paid off: The car has…

sports & health

Rachel Gary

July 17, 2015

As the new director of media strategy and communications at ONE World Sports, Rachel Gary is a big fan of the industry she delves in every day. Her passion for sports was sparked at the age of eight when she began competitive swimming, which continued through her teenage years and included time as a synchronized…

sports & health

Angelique Mais

July 15, 2015

TV One’s new VP of creative services, Angelique Mais, loves to run—so much so that she has tackled the NYC marathon three times. While Angelique is happy to have accomplished such a feat, she thinks she’s had her fill of the 26+ mile races. From now on, she wants to stick with half marathons or…

sports & health

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July 13, 2015

When not busy at work, Cox Communications’ EVP and CTO Kevin Hart spends his time tending to the Beautiful Game: soccer. And he has some impressive history with the sport. Kevin was a 4-year starter, captain and MVP on University of Tulsa’s Division 1 soccer team. His team was first in the all American-Midwest region,…

sports & health

Debbie Stackis

July 9, 2015

Debbie Stackis, SVP and GM of Consumer Solutions at ARRIS, has an adventurous side. “I was at lunch with my team and a member was talking about his experience with skydiving. It sounded like a lot of fun so I talked others into joining me that night. For the entire day they thought I was…


Raymond Dooley

July 2, 2015

Raymond Dooley, truTV’s new vp of marketing, is passionate about animal rescue and animal welfare. “I have an adorable pit bull rescue who named Scout who has more celebrity followers than I do at @DeafScout,” he tell us. (See adorable pic above.) He also loves to ski, stay fit, do yoga and travel. And a…

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Cindy Kain

July 1, 2015

The Studio’s new vp of current production Cindy Kain loves hiking. Check out the mountain shot of her above, which she’s titled “ain’t no mountain high enough.” For good reason! “When I’m in need of a little inspiration I head for the hills…and I’m not just talking about the Hollywood Hills. I’ve hiked my way…


Reni Gorman

June 26, 2015

Reni Gorman, SCTE’s first ever vp of learning and development, is passionate about saving animals. She’s pictured above with her newest rescue kitten, Tommy-gins. “I have adopted every animal I have ever had from rescue organizations. I currently have three cats,” she tells us. “This works out well given that each of my children is…


Meghann Wu

June 15, 2015

Viacom’s Music and Entertainment Group’s Meghann Wu, recently upped to svp, strategy and business development, tells us she’s an active member of the modern and contemporary art community in New York City. In fact, she’s a Junior Associate with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). She’s also a frequent practitioner of yoga. And, she makes…


Kate Schaeffer

June 8, 2015

We asked our own Kate Schaeffer, Cablefax’s director of marketing and events,how she spends her free time when not whipping up fantastic events for the pay TV industry. For one, she volunteers as the Program Director for Camp Tomahawk, which is a day camp in Annapolis, MD, happening one week in July and 100% run…


Stewart Myers

June 4, 2015

Stewart Myers, vice president of programming for NCTC, was named chairman of the board for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO. The organization is dedicated to preserving the history of African-American baseball and its social impact on the country’s growth. He steps into the role just in time to celebrate its 25th…

sports & health

Mitch Petrie

May 26, 2015

Sportsman Channel vp of programming Mitch Petrie doesn’t just work at a channel that celebrates the outdoors–he lives it. His free time is spent hunting, fishing or planning his next outdoor adventure–particularly if it involves turkey hunting or muskie fishing. Mitch volunteers for a local charity called Fishing for Life, which hosts fishing events to…


Angela Megrey

May 22, 2015

That’s not actually a photo of Crown Media Family Networks’ new vp of social media. It’s her adorable, appropriately-named shih tzu, Ewok. More fun facts about Angela: She has an enormous family with more than 36 first cousins. “And we are all friends!” Now that’s impressive. Angela is addicted to social media and TV, she…


Cedric Foster

May 20, 2015

Spike TV’s Cedric Foster, recently upped to svp of brand marketing, digital and fan engagement strategy, loves to travel with his family in his spare time. Above, he’s pictured with his kids in Puerto Rico. “I enjoy spending time traveling to whether to Europe or Africa to experience different cultures and also family time away…

sports & health

Derek Herider

May 18, 2015

Derek Herider, Comcast’s new head of San Francisco’s Northeast Bay region, spends a lot of time traveling around the U.S. with his three teenage daughters, 18-year-old Kaetlyn, 14-year-old Lauren and 13-year-old Megan. “Our favorite spot is Universal Studios Orlando during fall break for Halloween Horror nights,” he tells us. Derek is also quite the golfer…

sports & health

Jeff Votaw

May 15, 2015

Comcast’s new Sacramento Valley area vp Jeff Votaw enjoys spending his free time camping and boating with his family. Check out the pic above (Jeff in center). “We have a ski boat that we use on the local lakes, but I also grew up sailing on the Bay with my father and continued to sail…


Kaylee Hultgren

April 22, 2015

When she’s not running, posting on social media platforms or attending NYC events, our own senior community editor Kaylee Hultgren enjoys traveling the globe and learning new languages. Her most recent trip was this month. Kaylee and a group of volunteers from the NGO Roots of Development visited the rural town of Gran Sous,…


Jeff Huppertz

April 3, 2015

Espial’s new vp of marketing and business development is not just a Cable Pioneer. He’s also a wine enthusiast. Jeff tells us he enjoys combining vacations with visits to local wineries. The pics above and below are from a recent trip to the Champagne region of France with his wife Roanne. “We’ll often enjoy impromptu…


Lauren Frasca

April 1, 2015

Weather Channel’s new vice president of original programming Lauren Frasca is a longtime victim of the travel bug. And she can’t stop. She’s taken several “sabbaticals” throughout her life, which has translated to backpacking through more than 25 countries. In the pic above, she’s in Kobarid, Slovenia. And below is a shot of Lauren in…


Christine Black

March 23, 2015

The new svp of communications and events for BBC Worldwide North America is a big fan of traveling the globe. She has taught English in Japan, and in the pic above, you’ll see her (well, her toes) relaxing on a trip to St. Maarten she took last year. Other fun facts about Christine: She likes…


Ndidi Oriji

March 9, 2015

NBCU’s newly promoted svp of advertising standards loves to travel and speaks multiple languages. She’s been to Cuba as part of a law school program and has enjoyed Carnival in Trinidad multiple times. Study abroad took her both to England and China, and she grew up in Nigeria. Ndidi is versed in the West African…


Rob Sharenow

March 4, 2015

Now evp and gm of A&E and Lifetime, Rob Sharenow is quite an accomplished novelist. My Mother the Cheerleader was his first, and it impressed many an award body. It was named one of the “Best Books of the Year” by the American Library Association, School Library Journal and the New York Public Library. His…

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James Haffner

February 17, 2015

What’s Trending’s new COO James Haffner enjoys running marathons, riding his Harley Davidson and swing dancing. He’s also a fan of virtual reality technology and World of Warcraft. Check out the pic of him above with his Harley.


Mic Fox

February 13, 2015

Music Choice’s new director of programming and strategy was once a radio personality in New Orleans, Chicago, Philadelphia and St. Louis. He’s also flown in an F15 with the Blue Angels over the Atlantic (“best experience ever!”). His first flight my himself was to Stuttgart, Germany, at age 6. Mic is pictured above with his…


Charlie Vogt

February 6, 2015

Baseball has always been a part of Charlie Vogt’s life. The Imagine Communications CEO was recently inducted into the Saint Louis University Athletics Hall of Fame for his years playing Division I baseball, ongoing support and coaching in the Dallas baseball community, and professional achievements. In his own words: “The lessons learned from playing competitive…


Lincoln Lopez

February 4, 2015

Univision’s newly named vp and gm of social media goes crazy for Mexican food. Quite frankly, both eating and making it are his hobbies. “I eat Mexican food wherever I travel. I’ve eaten it in Thailand, Japan and France, among other countries,” he tells us. Can you guess what he’s doing for Valentine’s Day? That’s…

sports & health

David Pritikin

January 29, 2015

David Pritikin, tapped to lead Anonymous Content’s new unscripted division, is a fan of ball. And he’s got skills. He earned a Division 1 college basketball scholarship to the University of Hartford, and on separate occasions he’s had the opportunity to play against both Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. “I won each time, of course,”…


Saralo MacGregor

January 20, 2015

Saralo MacGregor, now the evp of acquisitions, development and sales for Content Television, enjoys traveling being with family and friends, and wine tasting. Her favorite locale? Maui. There she likes to indulge in unadulterated rest, relaxation and snorkeling. You might also find her adventuring to more exotic locales as well as road tripping through Europe…

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Julie Laulis

January 14, 2015

Julie Laulis, no stranger to the Cablefax Most Powerful Women in Cable list, has been promoted to president and chief operating officer for Cable One. But she’s not just an overachiever at work. She’s also a triathlete who competes in all distances–including several half Ironman races. Check out the shot above of Julie in action.


Meara Abramson Valenzuela

December 19, 2014

Meara Abramson Valenzuela, recently upped to svp, planning and strategy, Hispanic Enterprises and Content for NBCU, is a proud alum of the Penn State University varsity tennis team. In the pic above she’s sitting atop the PSU Nittany Lion statue. More about Meara: She has two girls, ages 2 and 7 (check out the pic…

food & wine

Ian Friedman

December 16, 2014

Ian Friedman, recently promoted to vp of original programming and development for Comedy Central, spends his free time traveling, skiing and doing CrossFit. He’s also a big fan of rugby and whiskey–particularly whiskey distilleries. Check out the image of Ian above filling a cask at Kilchoman Distillery in Isle of Islay in Scotland.

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Brian Huggins

December 11, 2014

Brian Huggins, now vp, finance and planning for Starz, is quite the athlete. He competes in triathlons, races road bikes at the category 2 level, has completed two half marathons and one full one, and he enjoys snowboarding and racing fat bikes in the winter with his kids. Check out the pic and he and…


Chris Rantamaki

November 21, 2014

Wedding bells are in the air! Chris Rantamaki (above, left), Spike TV’s svp of original series, married Hollywood fitness trainer David Hall on November 8th at the Villa in Woodland Hills, CA. The couple has been together for six years and met in D.C. while Rantamaki was working at Discovery Channel. In the new year,…


Teresa Lucido

November 20, 2014

When Comcast Spotlight recently upped Teresa Lucido to vp of Comcast Spotlight’s NorthCentral division, we learned a little bit about her in the process. Truth: Her first sales job–at 14 years of age–entailed roaming around a shopping mall selling Hickory Farms beef sticks out of a rolling cart. Fact: She is extremely superstitious. “I never…


Phil Craig

November 14, 2014

There’s so much more to Phil Craig, the new evp and chief creative officer for Discovery Networks International. For example: He held a gliding license before he could drive a car. He also played drums in a student band called “The Wobbly Jellies” but was not considered good enough to perform on their one single.…


Kent Rees

November 7, 2014

Pivot’s new gm Kent Rees is a serious Bob Dylan fan. We’re talking HUGE. He’s seen him more than 30 times and that number is likely to climb. Another little tidbit about Kent: He has a great toy collection in his office. Calling himself a “recovering creative,” he says he still likes to have inspiration…


Sachi Ezura

November 3, 2014

Sachi Ezura, the new director of original programming at IFC, was born and raised in NYC. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in sociology, she chose to disappoint her parents by pursuing a career in comedy. She loves cats, ’80s music and standing in the back of stand-up comedy shows–like the one pictured above…


Diana Rojas

October 30, 2014

Cablefax’s own assistant marketing manager Diana Rojas is passionate about traveling. She’s been to 16 countries on 4 continents–from horseback riding in Wales to going on a Safari in South Africa. “I have to say the most astounding and just jaw-dropping of them all was without a doubt going to Egypt. Seeing the pyramids of…


Pam Bertino

October 22, 2014

Pam Bertino, the new svp of content distribution for TVGN (to rebrand in early 2015 as POP), is a mother to a 6-year-old “mini-affiliate sales exec,” by the name of Kasher. This precocious tot can hold his own and entertain her customers’ children at events. In fact, Kasher has been known to hit the slopes…

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