Randy Brown

Title: EVP, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Outdoor Channel

Years in Cable: 27

Education: BBA, Western Michigan; MBA, Loyola

Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Use your ears more than your mouth.

Why Him? Outdoor saw big international growth this year as Brown continued to steer the network’s global expansion with partners London-based Chello Zone and the other with Singapore-based Multi Channels Asia. Most recent launches include Serbia, Ukraine and parts of Asia to bring Outdoor’s non-U.S. subscribers to 4.5 million. Back at home, there were Comcast migrations in both the Chicago and Northeast markets.

HD Growth: Strengthened by the network’s commitment to 100% native content, its HD service now reaches 10 million domestic homes, an increase of nearly 6 million homes in roughly two years.

Year Ahead: Distribution will be hard-won, but Brown’s innovative strategy is working.

The one burning question I have for Siri on my iPhone 4S: Ginger or Mary Ann?
 
My favorite meal that I can also prepare myself: Grilled cheese
 
If I had to pick a personal theme song, it would be… “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” The Who
 
Favorite restaurant: Saddlepeak Lodge
 
Favorite “going out” town: Chicago
 
The one thing I tell my kid about success in life: Most of what happens in your work life you cannot control. One key thing you can control is your reputation and integrity. Make sure you get that right.
 
My favorite business and/or motivational book: “Getting To Yes”
 
Favorite sports team: Detroit Red Wings
 
Favorite vacation spot: Jackson Hole – both summer and winter.
 
When I look at my cable set-top box, I can’t help but think that… Some day it will be reduced to digital ones and zeros flying through the air directly into my set.
 
When it comes to retransmission consent, cable operators should… Also remember the growth challenges it presents to independent networks and keep fighting for reform.
 
If I invented my own app it would… Do my expense reports for me.
 
How many companies have you worked for since graduating from college? 5 ?

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