Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: “No” means find a different way.
Title: Vice Chairman, GMC
Education: Washington University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Early to bed, early to rise & advertise.
Why Them? GMC got a makeover in 2011, including original series, acquisitions and an expanded slate of its top programming. The network more than doubled its presentation of GMC World Premiere Movies and expanded its Saturday Night Gospel Playhouse series. New series “Heartland” quickly became the network’s top-performing series on the heels of new grass-roots music series “America Sings,” hosted by Drew Lachey. The duo also oversaw an innovative upfront surrounding its pro-social network initiative, “Uplift Someone,” with more than 400 ad execs attending checking out its wrapped, themed bus and karaoke sessions.
My favorite meal that I can also prepare myself: linguine and white clam sauce
The one topping that should never be put on a hot dog: mustard and sauerkraut are the only acceptable toppings
Favorite restaurant: Rao’s Restaurant in Harlem, New York
The one thing I tell my kids about success in life: Choose your friends carefully.
My best technique for deterring time-wasting office visits from co-workers: I used to have a little box next to my desk at Turner called the Amtell. I had inherited it from Scott Sassa. It had a button that went to my assistant labeled GMO. It meant, “Get Me Out of this meeting.”
My favorite coffee order at Starbucks: Medium, dark roast with two ice cubes. I say medium instead of grande, just to piss them off.
Bands I would actually go see live: I will see almost any live music at the drop of a hat. The acts I look forward to seeing again are Tom Waits, Talking Heads, Kirk Franklin and Phish.
Favorite sports team: Atlanta Falcons
When it comes to retransmission consent, cable operators should… Protect the tiny handful of independent networks that subscribers love but that don’t have broadcast network leverage.
The one burning question I have for Siri on my iPhone 4S: Why don’t I have an iPhone 4S
My favorite meal that I can also prepare myself: Smoked Salmon Risotto
The one topping that should never be put on a hot dog: Chocolate
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year has been… HBOGo
If I had to pick a personal theme song, it would be… Anything but “My Way”, “Don’t Stop Believing” “We Are the Champions”…
Favorite “going out” town: Park City, Utah
The one thing I tell my kids about success in life: Do it your way, don’t stop believing, you are a champion….
My best technique for deterring time-wasting office visits from co-workers: Start singing “My Way.”
My favorite coffee order at Starbucks: Hot tea with honey
Bands I would actually go see live: Ohio State Marching Band
The top 3 most-played songs on my iPod: “My Way,” Don’t Stop Believing,” “We Are the Champions.”
My favorite business and/or motivational book: “Good To Great”
Favorite sports team: The Ohio State University
Favorite vacation spot: Utah
My favorite iPad app: Wired Magazine
My guilty television pleasure: “Bitchin Kitchen” on Food Network
When I look at my cable set-top box, I can’t help but think that… It looks like a DirecTV box
If I could only have authenticated online access to 5 cable networks (not affiliated with my company), they would be… ESPN, Big Ten, History, Military, Food Network
How many companies have you worked for since graduating from college: 4 ?