Title: Chairman/CEO, Showtime Networks  
Number of Years in Cable: 37
Education: University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business; MBA, Baruch College
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Look forward.

Why Him? As one of the television industry’s most trusted executives, Blank has led Showtime to its highest growth in all of premium quarter after quarter. SNI—comprising Showtime, The Movie Channel and Flix—has more than 76.7 million subscribers. Digital streaming of Showtime original series as well as increases in rates and subscriptions have helped drive revenue growth to parent CBS Corp., another feather in Blank’s cap. An in-demand speaker, Blank frequently delivers speeches and keynotes on behalf of the cable industry. In addition, he serves as a trustee and adviser on a number of major cable organizations.

Apple or Samsung: Apple

My new year’s resolution for 2014 will be… to lie about my age.

Film fest or music festival? Film fest

The other subject I wish I’d picked for my college major: Creative writing

Favorite decade: This one

The movie that should never be remade: John Carter

If I could tell my 21-year-old self something today, it would be… be fearless. ?

The Daily



OWN ’s “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” led Saturday night’s cable telecasts among all women 25-54

Read the Full Issue
The Skinny is delivered on Tuesday and focuses on the cable profession. You'll stay in the know on the headlines, topics and special issues you value most. Sign Up


Dec 7
Most Powerful Women CelebrationSave the Date!
Full Calendar


Seeking an INDUSTRY JOB?

Hiring? In conjunction with our sister brand, Cynopsis, we are offering hiring managers a deep pool of media-savvy, skilled candidates at a range of experience levels and sectors, The result will be an even more robust industry job board, to help both employers and job seekers.

Contact John@cynopsis.com for more information.