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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,”…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Jason Jordon

October 16, 2014


Jason Jordon, the new chief operating officer for Bellator MMA, which airs on SpikeTV, doesn’t just work in sports for a living. He’s quite the sportsman himself. Jason enjoys travel, the outdoors, motorcross, volleyball, basketball and snowboarding. (Check out the pictures of him shredding.) He’s also done three Hermosa Beach Ironmen. It’s not your typical…

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Eddie Dalva

October 6, 2014


Eddie Dalva, newly named evp of content and programming enterprises for Viacom Entertainment and Music Groups, is is not just into music for work. He can play the guitar himself, in fact. The pic above is of him strumming during the ’90s. And check out this other throwback: a photo of him with Whitney and…

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Deborah Rayner

September 12, 2014


Deborah Rayner was recently named Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering, TV and Digital for CNN. We asked her what she likes to do during her spare time. What followed was an epic nautical tale worthy of publishing in its entirety. In her own words: “Eighteen months ago, on holiday in the south of France,…

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Marisa Levy

September 5, 2014


Marisa Levy, TLC’s Vice President of Development, East Coast, lived abroad for seven years on various research and art fellowships after college, most notably in India, Vietnam, South Africa and the Netherlands. “As a result, I try to have an ‘immersive’ experience in every country I visit… which usually leads to wild stories.” Just how…

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Amy Maclean

September 2, 2014


For summer vacation this year, Cablefax Editor in Chief Amy Maclean wanted her 8-year-old and 3-year-old to experience the epic road trips of her youth. They drove from Maryland to Fort Worth, Texas, with several stops along the way. “We saw everything from the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis to…

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Nora Zimmett

August 27, 2014


Nora Zimmett, the Weather Channel’s new senior vice president of live programming, has been on many an adventure during her career as a reporter. This award-winning journalist (she landed an Emmy for her work on election coverage in 2012) has been embedded with the Colombian military as it burned down FARC coca labs in the…

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Herb Scannell

August 21, 2014


We asked Herb Scannell, President of BBC Worldwide, North America, about his favorite vacation spot: “One of my favorite places for a quick getaway is heading up to Cooperstown, NY, to the Baseball Hall of Fame. On my last visit, I couldn’t help but hope the Mets could win a World Series one of these…

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Jessie Surovell

August 20, 2014


Jessie Surovell, TVGN’s vice president of development, spends lots of time with her cute pup Franklin. Here, she gushes over him: “Franklin is a distinguished 9-year-old Yorkie mix who does exactly as he pleases…all the time. He loves to eat out, go shopping, bark his head off, and eat as many treats as possible every single day.…

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Robert Gessner

August 15, 2014


MCTV President Robert Gessner is a citizen of the world and an adventurer at heart. He and his wife, Nancy have traveled the globe to experience some of the most breathtaking natural wonders the planet has to offer. And that’s no overstatement—Gessner and his wife have their own adventure flag just to commemorate each wild…

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Jacqueline “Jacqui” Vines

August 15, 2014


Cox Regional Manager and SVP Jacqueline “Jacqui” Vines has a thing for the islands. Her favorite vacation spot is the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI, if you’re familiar), a British Overseas Territory consisting of 40 different islands and cays, only 8 of which are inhabited. When Vines isn’t managing one of Cox’s highest growth performing…

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Dylan Jones

August 11, 2014


Scripps Networks Interactive’s new svp of corporate communications says when he’s not on the job, you can find him chasing after his four-year-old daughter, desperately trying to keep up with her. (See adorable pic below.) He also loves writing and blogging; cooking and scouting new restaurants with his wife; and nurturing his 35-year-old hobby of…

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Summer Reading List

August 1, 2014


Need ideas for what to read at the beach this summer? Ever catch a glimpse of an industry exec reading poolside and wonder what she’s got her nose in? Well, wonder no more. Cablefax asked some of cable’s top execs what they’re reading this season and received some pretty serious (and some not so serious)…

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Jeffrey Thompson

July 29, 2014


Jeffrey Thompson, Regional News Network’s new gm, svp of business development, is passionate about triathlons. We’re talking serious. He started competing with the Disney Triathlon team back in 2005 while raising money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Since then, the passion has taken off. In the past four years, Jeffrey has competed in more than…

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Maggie Bellville

June 30, 2014


The lifelong passion of Maggie Bellville, the newly appointed vp of Hitachi Consulting Inc. and MSO executive veteran, is showing champion quarter horses. It’s a hobby that has helped mold the best of her business skills, she says, by giving her an edge in the executive work environment through strengthening her mental focus and navigating…

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Jesus M. Rodriguez

June 16, 2014


NUVOtv’s svp of marketing Jesus M. Rodriguez once documented what he wore for an entire year. And he’s proud to report that the blog, which had visitors from more than 70 countries, is still alive today. His sense of style is “very specific,” he admits. We’ll let you decide! Check out his blog here: jesuswearsskinnyjeans.com

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Veronica Sheehan

June 5, 2014


Turner’s Veronica Sheehan, recently upped to svp, global network, technology and studio operations, is Brooklyn born and and raised. But as you can tell from this photo, she’s got quite the sense of adventure–and isn’t afraid to venture out (or above) her surroundings. Here she is skydiving above Atlanta.

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Marc Etkind

May 28, 2014


Many cable execs happen to be published authors as well. Marc Etkind, gm of Destination America, is one them. His tome is called Or Not to Be, a collection of suicide notes by famous people such as Kurt Cobain, Vincent Van Gogh, Diane Arbus, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf. Know what else? He was a…

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Evan Shapiro

May 22, 2014


Move over, Ellen Degeneres. You’ve got some selfie competition. Check out Evan Shapiro, president of Pivot, on a family vacation to South Africa–specifically Kruger National Park on safari. His thoughts on the fantastic trip: “You wake at 5 for safari to avoid the heat, so this was a very early morning. You ride in an…

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Matt Califono

April 24, 2014


Matt Califono, vp of programming scheduling for Spike TV, says he’s a big time fisherman. But there are predators out there even more fierce than Matt. “One time off Montauk I had a great white shark take a bluefish right off my hook when I got it close to the boat,” he said. But that…

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Matt Bond

April 24, 2014


On a Saturday afternoon you might find NBCU’s Matt Bond hiking, fishing or surfing (see epic pic above). He also paints as a hobby.

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