Cablefax Diversions


Christine Shuler

November 8, 2016

Christine Shuler was recently named director of programming for Travel Channel. She gave us many cool facts that we want to share with you: Before Shuler got involved in communications, her first job was working at her local Dairy Queen in St. Charles, Illinois for a measly $2.15 an hour. When she was young, she…


Stephanie Angelides

November 3, 2016

Congratulations to Stephanie Angelides who was recently named vp of development for Discovery Channel. Angeles had quite a few fun facts we just had to share. When asked what her hobbies were, it was no surprise for the cable network expert: she loves “watching television, watching old movies, and watching more television,” said Angelides. Her…


Brendan Countee

October 17, 2016

Brendan Countee, who recently left Hulu to join Showtime as vp, original programming, shared some fun facts with us: Countee once rode a bicycle across the entire US, from the Golden Gate bridge to the gates of Georgetown, covering 2,866 miles over 44 days. The cause: a charity benefits children living with HIV and AIDS…

sports & health

David Nickoll

May 13, 2016

David Nickoll was recently named executive producer of NFL Media’s NFL Now. We learned a lot about him at the time of his promotion. The following is what resulted when we probed him for some fun facts. During David’s high school football career, he was a third string freshman quarterback. He took a season total…


Hillary Povar

April 11, 2016

She doesn’t just work for a pop culture network–she lives it. Pop Network’s VP of Communications Hillary Povar tells us she’s obsessed with fashion. “Beauty and style blogs are my jam.” She’s a self-proclaimed “expert print mixer” and has “a true talent for finding accessories that double as weapons.” Hillary likes to spread her love…


Rick Sander

March 2, 2016

Decisive Communications’ CFO Rick Sander makes the most of his downtime. The 2016 Baltimore SmartCEO Future 50 Award winner finds his out-of-office excitement by jet-setting—whether at 38,000 feet or in the driver’s seat of his longtime favorite car, his BMW. Sander is passionate about traveling, and last summer he visited Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, the…


Tara Brown

February 29, 2016

INSP’s Tara Brown knows how to keep things light outside of the office—she keeps friends and strangers alike laughing as a comedian. As a stand-up comic, she’s performed in New York, North Carolina, Arizona and Nevada and even won the Charlotte Comedy Zone’s “Fight Night” Competition. In her role as Director of Media Relations, she’s…

sports & health

Roy Meyeringh

February 19, 2016

Roy Meyeringh of beIN SPORTS doesn’t just distribute soccer, it’s actually in his family’s DNA.  Meyeringh recently checked off a big item on his bucket list by visiting his father’s hometown in Chile during Copa America 2015 and plans to continue his exploration at the home camps of top soccer teams around the world with…


Ruth Anne Herman

February 2, 2016

Ruth Anne Herman, Fox Networks Group’s EVP, Human Resources, doesn’t just know how to stay active—she does it in some pretty awesome locations. She’s a certified scuba diver and has been diving in Costa Rica, Mexico and Hawaii. She’s even planning a trip to dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia to celebrate her youngest son’s…


Noel Siegel

February 1, 2016

Noel Siegel may have a lot on his plate as the new Head of Production and Development at Bray Entertainment, but he always finds time to relax with his family (where he is happily outnumbered by his wife and two young daughters). Siegel’s career in the TV industry means their pastime of binge-watching their favorite…

food & wine

Michael Katz

January 27, 2016

Michael Katz, Senior Development Consultant at CMJ Productions II Inc., may lead a busy life at the office, but he knows how to keep himself zen: cooking. A New Orleans native, he calls producing dishes such as red beans and rice, Jambalaya, Gumbo or Etouffee’ an “implied obligation of any self-respecting South Louisiana ex-pat” and spends as…


Matt Stein

January 26, 2016

Matt Stein, SVP of Marketing at Animal Planet and Science Channel, spends his weekends alternating between pick-up basketball games and hitting the 3 and 4 year-old birthday party circuit of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Since Matt’s beloved 16-year-old dog Flag (named after the pooch in Vittorio De Sica’s neo-realism classic, “Umberto D.”), has retired to a bucolic…


Howard Lee

December 28, 2015

Howard Lee,  evp of development and production for TLC, adores watching movies. “It’s amazing how you can be inspired and learn from great storytelling from the past 100 years,” said Lee. Outside of the television and film industry, he’s also “obsessed” with roller-coasters, claiming that he’s never been scared by one. To keep body and…

food & wine

Kevin Edds

December 15, 2015

Kevin Edds keeps busy. The vp/creative director of marketing for Poker Central is the soccer coach for his two sons, ages 11 and 12. On the weekends, Kevin loves venturing to Virginia to visit wineries with his wife. His love of Virginia—and its wineries—traces back to his college days when he attended the University of…

sports & health

Chris Bastian

December 11, 2015

Chris Bastian, svp and CTO at The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), is very outdoorsy. On a vacation to Alaska, Chris and his family hiked in Denali National Park and flew in a Cessna airplane around Alaska’s iconic Mount Denali. In New Mexico on another expedition, Chris and his son hiked 120 miles at…

sports & health

Clark Bunting

December 9, 2015

Before joining the new SVOD AeroCinema as executive chair of the board, Clark Bunting had a passion for aviation. At Discovery Channel, he helped acquire the documentary series, “Wings,” and spearheaded the team who bought the company from Phil Osborn. On the ground, Clark’s a big fan of yoga, hiking and fly-fishing, although admitting about…

sports & health

Keith Kazerman

December 7, 2015

Head of advertising sales product strategy and development at Discovery Comm, Keith Kazerman is a devoted Boston sports fan. Having been in Boston during the ’70s and ’80s, Kazerman followed numerous teams including the Boston Celtics. Keith is a particular fan of Larry Bird–former Celtic–who according to him was “one of the best competitors in…

sports & health

Laura Gentile

December 2, 2015

Recently promoted to svp of espnW and women’s initiatives for ESPN, Laura Gentile never stops moving. She’s an active runner and yogi, and was once the two-time captain of the field hockey team at Duke, leading her team to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. If she’s not dedicating work hours to ESPN or…

sports & health

Kate Mitchell

November 30, 2015

OWN’s svp of ad sales, Kate Mitchell, is an avid skier. She’s skied all over the world, even competitively when she was younger. Now Kate’s a mother to two active 3-year-old twin boys. Twins apparently run in the family as Kate’s husband comes from a family of 3 boys, all of whom have twins


John Malkin

November 24, 2015

John Malkin, evp of content distribution for Ovation, is originally a Chicagoan. Back in the day, he was a drummer-turned-guitar player for the Chicago band “Maryann and the Professors.” In 1997, the band was voted #1 female-led band in Chicago; the lead singer eventually became John’s wife. Today, John remains a “long-suffering” Bears and Cubs…


Jodi Markley

November 23, 2015

ESPN’s evp of content operations & creative services, Jodi Markley, is a woman of many hobbies. An avid volunteer for the American Red Cross, saving lives is important to her. Once she even saved someone’s life at a dinner party, giving a guest the Heimlich maneuver. To this day, Jodi and the guest remain friends…

sports & health

Elliott Trice

November 19, 2015

Elliott Trice, svp of consumer product for The Weather Company, didn’t always have his heart set on a career in product strategy and development. His first plan was to be an English professor and was well on the way to becoming the world’s leading Queer Theory scholar on 14th century medical treatises. According to Elliott,…


Jessica Driscoll

November 16, 2015

Jessica Driscoll, vp of communications at Discovery Channel, once had a supernatural encounter. While on tour for a documentary, the filmmaking team convinced her to sit down with a  so-called medium. “Reluctantly, I agreed and the medium told me that she saw 3 healthy boys  around me.  Two years later, I had 3 sons under…

sports & health

Eleni Stratigeas

November 6, 2015

Eleni Stratigeas, Scripps Network Interactive’s svp, business & legal affairs and corporate secretary, grew up in Salt Lake City. As such, she loves to ski and watch winter sports. She’s also a spinning and boxing fanatic, which works well for her, she says, because she’s a foodie and loves to entertain. Also, this: “I volunteer…


Pat Baldwin

November 2, 2015

Pat Baldwin, co-founder of RLTV, has stepped away from his role as svp of affiliate sales and corporate development at the company. No retirement for him, mind you. He’s currently pondering his next move. Some fun facts about Pat: He loves traveling and has lived abroad in both Sydney and Paris. And as a part…

food & wine

Sara Helman

October 27, 2015

Sara Helman, VP of development and production at TLC, has a few hobbies up her sleeve. A self-proclaimed foodie, this NYC exec loves to try hip new restaurants in the city with her husband. Their recent favorite is Bar Primi located in NoHo. Sara also loves traveling and over the years has explored Montreal, Paris,…

sports & health

Karen Ross

October 26, 2015

Decisive Communications’ director of HR, Karen Ross, loves to stay active. She loves to hike, ski, horseback ride, and even white-water kayak. Within the last few years, Karen has had the pleasure of kayaking all over the Washington metropolitan area, parts of New England, New York and Pennsylvania. Although snow doesn’t stop her from kayaking,…


Saul Goldberg

October 23, 2015

There’s a lot more than work to Saul Goldberg, the new head of unscripted TV at Covert Media. In 2010, in honor of his late uncle, Professor Tony Judt, he rode a bike cross-country from Astoria, OR, to Brighton Beach, NY, for “Project ALS,” a charity that raises awareness and funds for the neurodegenerative disease.…


Gregg Sanders

October 21, 2015

President of Decisive Communications Inc. Gregg Sanders is into motorcycles. He has taken a number of sport touring motorcycle trips throughout the United States and Canada, where he has seen many different parts of this country, traveled on some of the most amazing roads in the world and met many incredible people. He recently started…


Hayley MacKay

October 12, 2015

ONE World Sports’ new director of production Hayley MacKay gave us an inside look at what she likes to do outside of work. She’s always loved sports, and you can catch a glimpse of her at the 2013 championship games between Alabama and Notre Dame in Miami. “I played just about everything. Hockey, beach volleyball,…

sports & health

Derek Ferguson

October 8, 2015

The COO of REVOLT in New York City, Derek Ferguson, loves fishing and all things water. The pic above shows Derek and his family on their boat. He says that his favorite fishing spots are the Long Island Sound and City Island. The biggest fish he’s caught? A Bluefish weighing 20 pounds. Derek tells us…


Michael Hawkey

October 7, 2015

What does Michael Hawkey, Rovi’s SVP and GM of discovery, like to do in his free time? As you can see from the photo above, he enjoys spending time and playing with his family. He also enjoys golf and hockey outside of work, but his favorite hobby is woodworking. Another fun fact about Michael: He’s…

sports & health

Rick Schiavinato

October 5, 2015

ThinkAnalytics’ Rick Schiavinato, VP of sales and business development, is a competitive cyclist. “Cycling is a major passion,” Rick explained. “I love being out in the fresh air and particularly enjoy the thrill of competing in races and trying to improve on my personal best.” Rick also shared that he holds both US and Brazilian…


Jana Bennett

October 2, 2015

Jana Bennett, President and GM of History, loves being outdoors. The pic above shows her hiking, though she tells us she would prefer to be snow-camping in the high mountains with her husband or traveling without any itinerary. Below, you can see Jana on another adventure with her dog. She also shared one of her…


José Morales

September 28, 2015

Univision’s José Morales, VP of local marketing strategy, loves to travel. Jose grew up in Puerto Rico but has been making his way across the globe since he was young. “I guess that when you are born in a small Island, you feel the need of seeing more and explore what is out there,” he…


Stacy Green

September 23, 2015

A+E Networks’ EVP of global human resources and facilities, Stacy Green, is on the executive leadership council of PENCIL. This is a non-profit dedicated to creating innovative and impactful representations of collaboration between business and public schools. PENCIL aims to bring together the best ideas and resources across divisions to improve public school performance and…


Lori Hall

September 18, 2015

Ovation TV’s Lori Hall, VP of program planning, scheduling and acquisitions, loves to be around oceans and lakes. “I feel more like myself when I’m around water. My husband and I have lived on two motor yachts over the course of our 20 year marriage and (we) always find ways to be on a boat…


Belia Jimenez

September 14, 2015

The photo above shows Univision Communications VP of corporate research, Belia Jimenez, and her husband Edwin at NASA’s Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Belia tells us that her family loves to travel. “Every year, my husband, daughter and I take a trip to a new country to explore different cultures and people. My husband and…

sports & health

Bob Gold

September 11, 2015

Bob Gold, Poker Central’s SVP of distribution, loves sporting events. As you can see above, he is involved with a lot of youth sports teams. Currently, he’s the assistant coach for his son’s Pop Warner football team, the Seahawks. Bob’s passion for sports goes back to his college days at Penn State, where he was…

food & wine

Cameron Larson

September 9, 2015

Crown Media Family Networks’ Cameron Larson, director of original programming, is a cooking and baking connoisseur. There are no bounds to the styles of food he tries. “Italian, Chinese, French… if it sounds and looks like it will taste good, I’ll try and make it,” he said. Cameron’s first job was working as a baker…

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