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sports & health

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…

entertainment

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

sports & health

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.

entertainment

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…

travel

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…

sports & health

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…

sports & health

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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Brigitte McCray

April 24, 2014


Brigitte McCray, Travel Channel’s svp, program planning and strategy, is quite the dog lover. “Going to the Westminster Dog show is on my bucket list,” she says. She loves music as well and has an extensive catalog on her iPod. Brigitte is pictured above with her dog.

travel

Dave Shull

April 24, 2014


Dave Shull, evp and chief commercial officer for DISH Network, frequently travels for work. But he also spends much of his time with his family either on the beautiful ski slopes of Colorado, or out traveling the world in places like Bali, Indonesia, were the crystal clear water and sea cliffs offer stunning waterfront views.…

sports & health

Nikki Santoro

April 24, 2014


Nikki Santoro, vp of mobile for the Weather Channel, is a fan of the World Cup—and will go to great lengths to support her team. At the end of the U.S. versus Ghana match of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, you can see a close up of her and her husband looking very disappointed…

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Melinda Witmer

April 24, 2014


Melinda Witmer is a shrewd operator when it comes to negotiating for video and content distribution agreements for Time Warner Cable. But she also uses her negotiating skills for her hobby of flipping renovated houses. Aside from that she spends her weekends “hanging with family; out walking the dog; taking a long walk sans Blackberry…

food & wine

Abbe Raven

April 24, 2014


“Cupcake Wars” might belong to the Food Network, but that doesn’t stop A&E’s Chairman, Abbe Raven, from having her own bake-offs. “[I] bake on the weekends. Cakes and cupcakes,” said Raven, and she would bake more if she only had more time to do so.

entertainment

Matthew M. Polka

April 24, 2014


Policy warrior and pres and CEO of the American Cable Association, Matt Polka, admits that he “used to sing in a competitive, barbershop quartet, was a firefighter, rode in a boat race and wrote a feature story about the real African Queen.” He is a man of many talents. Matt is pictured above with his…

travel

Jana Bennett

April 23, 2014


Jana Bennett, president of FYI and LMN, might be the only network exec who has crossed the Atlantic in an iron ore freighter. When she was 14, her family took a year off to see Europe—and ran out of money to get back. “We were paying guests of the captain on a Dutch freighter coming…

community

Craig Miller

March 25, 2014


Craig Miller is vp of original programming for INSP. But his talents go far beyond the world of TV. For instance, he studied art in college and still draws portraits of friends and colleagues. (See a portrait of his neighbor, Steve, above.) He’s also active in the community and serves as president of the Board…

community

Kory Kozak

March 25, 2014


Kory Kozak, coordinating producer of features at Golf Channel, used to play football at Rutgers University from 1988-92 (see pic below) and was a starting defensive end for 3 seasons. He also produced and directed 2 TV features and a short documentary on Eric LeGrand, the paralyzed Rutgers football player. Kory made several appearances with…

entertainment

Doug Baker

March 25, 2014


Doug Baker, recently named COO and CFO for Discovery Networks International (DNI), tells us that he’s a pilot and a fan of Arsenal, the football team (soccer, that is) in the UK. Here, he and his wife Julie are flying their plane.  

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