David Zagin
Title: President, Distribution, A+E Networks
Number of Years in Cable: 26
Education: Syracuse University School of Management
Best Advice in 7 Words or Fewer: Look forward, you can’t change the past.

Why Him? Zagin’s influence is as indisputable as the heavy portfolio he handles, with A&E, History and Lifetime each on the cusp of 100 million households and Lifetime Movie Network at a more than respectable 82 million. In fact, this cable veteran now oversees all affiliate sales revenue, domestic distribution and affiliate marketing for the big three, plus LMN, Bio, H2, Lifetime Real Women, Military History, History en Español, and Crime & Investigation. The WICT board member is also AETN’s new media and business development champion, touting VOD, broadband, interactive, gaming and mobile distribution.

Apple or Samsung? Apple (and I still carry a Blackberry as a back-up device).

Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Neither. My preference is Bruce Springsteen.

On a Saturday afternoon, you can find me… if it’s a nice day then hopefully on the golf course.

Appetizer or dessert? Appetizer. I’m not a big sweets person.

I watch the majority of programming on: TV. iPad is a distant second, but getting closer.

If I could tell my 21-year-old self something today, it would be… without getting into specifics, it is the same advice that I give to my 20-year-old son today. ?

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