Title: President, Comcast Prog Group
Last Year: #34
Education: UC Berkeley, BS; Harvard, MBA; Comcast University, Doctorate
Why Him? Shell’s top priority right now is the Dec 8 launch of simulcast HD feeds in 1080i for G4, Style and E! Also on that day, Versus and The Golf Channel begin their own 24/7 HD feeds, they had been sharing space for some time.
Worth Watching: As the digital transition nears, will HD programming drive enough sub and ad revenue to offset the increasing resources Comcast is devoting to HD sports and entertainment?
While subs may reduce their cable buy to basic during the recession, diversions tend to gain popularity during hard times.
Favorite Food: BBQ
Favorite Restaurants: Scalintella (NYC), The Ivy (LA), Hominy Grill (Charleston) and The Saloon (Philly)
Drink of Choice: A really good cab
Last Book Read: Ex Mex by Jorge Castaneda
Favorite Show Not On My Networks: Mad Men
Favorite Part of Job: Watching TV
Worst Part: Interacting with the airline industry
Cable’s Biggest Challenge: To understand that we are selling a service and an experience, not a utility
Best Business Advice Received: Nothing is ever as good or as bad as it seems
Philosophy Of Life: Never take anything too seriously
I Wish My Kids Would: Grow up in a world better than the one I grew up in
Trait I Most Admire in People: Treating a waitress the same as they would treat a CEO
Favorite Sports Team(s) : Cal Bears, Dodgers, Philadelphia Eagles
Hero: President Barack Obama