Johnathan Rodgers
Title: President/CEO, TV One
Last Year: #97
Age: Older than the president
Education: Cal-Berkeley, BA; Stanford, MA

Why Him? Rodgers took TV One in a new direction with his decision to provide live, nightly prime-time coverage of the Democrats’ convention. TV One’s coverage at 10 p.m. on the fourth night ranked second in ad-supported cable among African-American HHs with a 4.4 rating, behind CNN.

Worth Watching: TV One is slated to begin operating with positive cash flow in ’09, which could be tricky given the national financial crisis.

Year Ahead:
Rodgers will co-chair the ’09 Cable Show (with Insight’s Michael Willner).

Food: Red beans and rice

Restaurant: Zuni Café, San Francisco

Drink of Choice: Scotch in the winter, rum in the summer

Music: R&B from the last century

Unnecessary Luxury I Like Most: Private Jets

Favorite Show Not on My Network: The Mentalist

Last Book Read: Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes

In ’09 I Resolve To: Become fit and fabulous

Favorite Part of My Job:
Producing revenue

Worst Part of My Job: Cutting costs

Cable’s Biggest Challenge: Small minds in big government

Philosophy of Life: Love thy neighbor

I Wish My Kids Would: Get jobs

Favorite Word: Wonderful

Least Favorite Word: Pundit

The Trait I Most Admire: Courage

Favorite Sports Team: California Golden Bears

Hero: Tyler Perry


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