Michael Hopkins
Title: President, Distribution, Fox Networks Group
Number of Years in Cable: 18
Education: BA, Business Administration, California State University, Long Beach; MBA, Anderson School of Business

Why Him? Hopkins sparked his lifelong interest in athletics when he played Little League Baseball. Today, he’s an avid runner, which helps the exec maintain the stamina needed to accelerate Fox Networks’ continued growth. Over the last year, the veteran Fox executive oversaw the renewals of major distribution deals including retransmission consent, cable renewals and TV Everywhere agreements with DirecTV and Comcast. Fox’s cable segment continues to drive overall company financial results, generating 60% of News Corp.’s segment operating income. Second quarter 2013 cable operating income increased 7% over last year. Later this year, Hopkins will add another major stint to his playbook: Overseeing the launch of FX spinoff FXX, a new network aimed at young adult viewers.

Apple or Samsung? Apple

Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Beatles

The one thing I’d do differently if I could go back to high school: Lose the orange hoodie, and the flat top was a poor choice, awful widow’s peak.

On a Saturday afternoon, you can find me… timing lane 4 at my daughter Chloe’s swim meet.

This is the hobby I’ve been itching to try, but haven’t found time: Paddle boarding

Appetizer or dessert? Dessert, no question

Favorite decade? ’80s ?

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