Cablefax Diversions


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…


Jennifer Gerstenblatt

September 8, 2015

ABC Family’s Jennifer Gerstenblatt, VP of current programming, has had quite a few unique experiences while traveling. “I take two weeks off yearly to travel and it shocks everyone because I literally check out. It takes a couple days to wean off email, but eventually it happens,” she said. Two weeks is the perfect amount…


Sabina Widmann-Hernandez

September 4, 2015

Sabina Widmann-Hernandez, Univision’s VP, GM and director of Sales in San Diego, CA, loves the ocean. “People would be surprised to learn that I have a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs and Fishery Management,” she tells us. Sabina owns a small boat she takes out on the San Diego Bay most weekends, allowing her family…


John Lansing

September 3, 2015

John Lansing, the president and CEO of CTAM who recently announced his departure, tells us that he loves to travel with his wife and children. Just to name a few of the family’s past destinations, there have been trips to Italy, Galapagos, and Costa Rica. John says his career has also caused him to move…


Anne Cowan

August 31, 2015

Anne Cowan will be the acting CEO of CTAM after John Lansing’s departure, and the new title is fitting. Anne holds years of theater experience and she was part of drama schools in Oklahoma and Indiana. She also tells us that her time spent acting led to meeting her husband of over 30 years, who…


Terry Maloney

August 28, 2015

Terry Maloney, VP of marketing and business development for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), enjoys traveling with his wife Maggie. Above, you can catch the couple snapping a quick pic outside Point Brugge Café in Belgium. Terry tells us, “Whether it’s regionally or internationally, I enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories.” After…

food & wine

Jeffrey Schneider

August 26, 2015

National Geographic Channel’s EVP of business and legal affairs Jeffrey Schneider loves to cook. Outside of work, Jeff is a husband, a father of three children (seen above), and an adjunct professor at two law schools and a business school. Cooking has become one of his favorite things to do for relaxation and meditation. We’ve…


Lee Flaster

August 24, 2015

Lee Flaster is the SVP of business operation and growth strategy at Telemundo, and he has a passion for traveling the world. His travel list is extensive, including visits to Greece, China, and Turkey, time studying in Spain and even a period living in London. He still returns to Europe often, so much so that…

sports & health

Brenda Lowry

August 21, 2015

Crown Media’s Brenda Lowry, the VP of Network Program Publicity, loves the outdoors. “My favorite secret spot in Los Angeles is Amir’s Garden in Griffith Park, a shady memorial garden for hikers and equestrians,” she said. As you can tell from the pic, Brenda likes to hike all over LA. She also shared that she…


Laraine Mancini

August 19, 2015

Univision’s new SVP of finance and head of investor relations, Laraine Mancini, enjoys spending time with her “boys.” Though there is only one in the photo above, Laraine and her husband own two giant, cuddly Leonberger dogs. She also tells us that she and her husband “love to travel and enjoy great food (definitely not…


Karissa Zigarovich

August 17, 2015

Karissa Zigarovich lives a life of adventure and travel. Her biggest adventure came this summer when she drove across the country, from NYC to Los Angeles, for her new role at ABC Family as Director of Consumer Insights. While in the past she’s travelled to Thailand, Barcelona, St Marten, Singapore and the beaches in southern…


Robert O’Neill

August 14, 2015

Comedy Central’s Robert O’Neill can fly–in a plane or helicopter that is. You can see him enjoying some time in the sky in the photo above. “I love summer Fridays because I can fly to LA early and see my family,” Rob tells us. You may also be surprised to learn that this executive has…

sports & health

Joe Bell

August 12, 2015

Comcast’s VP of the South Valley technical operations group, Joe Bell, loves sports. “My favorite sport is football and I’ve had the pleasure of coaching for the last 5 years in a head coach capacity,” he tells us. Above, you can see the kids he coaches—a team which has also won multiple championships. After moving…


Jill Underhill

August 10, 2015

Jill Underhill, Crown Media Family Networks’ SVP of on-air promotions, is the proud mom of four boys. She adopted three of her kids from other countries: Russia, Ukraine, and Guatemala. Some years Jill has fun planning complex Christmas cards where the whole family dresses up in authentic period costumes. The 1970’s-inspired photo above is from…


Ramnik Kamo

August 7, 2015

Ramnik Kamo, the CMO of Imagine Communications, has been leading the Indian festival for Dussehra in Morrisville, NC, for the last 4 years. The annual cultural event features live story reenactments, a laser show, fireworks and the burning of the 36-foot hand-built effigy seen above. Ramnik tells us that the event itself celebrates the triumph…


Erin Mechanic

August 5, 2015

Erin Mechanic, Spike TV’s new development producer on the original series team, tells us she’s obsessed with pop culture. Random trivia is her specialty, a skill Erin “gleefully employs at game nights with friends.” From Nicolas Cage to the Golden Girls, from Britney Spears to Grindhouse cinema, Erin knows the inside scoop. In the pic…


Robin Pelleck

August 3, 2015

Robin Pelleck, the VP of digital content for TNT and TBS original programming, is an adjunct professor at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. She teaches graduate-level classes in TV and digital content. “I love it way more than I ever thought I would and it’s true what they say, the teacher does become…


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

Kevin Hart

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…

sports & health

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…

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