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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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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.

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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.…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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