Eric Phillips
Title: President, Domestic Distribution, Discovery Communications
Number of Years in Cable: 11
Education: BA, Oberlin College; JD, University of Michigan
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Support your team.

Why Him? Phillips ascended to his current title in March, a tribute to his prowess overseeing cable’s fastest-growing network for the past three years—Investigation Discovery, now in 85 million-plus homes—plus two big gainers in sister nets The Hub and Science. Leading the charge on numerous large-scale renewal deals, Phillips deftly navigates the evolving dealmaking process while keeping abreast of developments within each of Discovery’s 14 channels. No small feat.

Apple or Samsung? Sony
 
Beatles or The Rolling Stones? The Police
 
The one thing I’d do differently if I could go back to high school: Study for the SAT.
 
On a Saturday afternoon, you can find me… at the park with my family
 
This is the hobby I’ve been itching to try, but haven’t found time: Learn Spanish
 
My new year’s resolution for 2014 will be… learn Spanish
 
My peers would be surprised to learn that I… am beloved by dogs.
 
Film fest or music festival? Music
 
The other subject I wish I’d picked for my college major: Economics
 
Favorite decade? 80s
 
Favorite airport? National
 
I watch the majority of programming on this device: Television
 
My favorite Cable Show memory: The party last year in Chris Lonergan’s memory. It was a positive fun experience with so many people he loved. He would have enjoyed it more than anything.
 
Netflix or Hulu? Linear multichannel television
 
If I could tell my 21-year-old self something today, it would be… take more chances.
 
The biggest lesson I learned from my kid(s) this year was… live in the moment
 
Favorite business and/or motivational book? 10 ½ Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said
 
Favorite vacation spot? San Francisco  ?

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