CableFAX: 100. Sporting Life: Mark Kang
Title: SVP, Affiliate Relations, The Sportsman Channel
Age: Could probably still play in the major leagues
Education: Bronx HS of Science; BA, Wheaton College
Social Media Quotient: 8
Why Him? It’s tough going for small, independent networks, but the energetic Kang is nothing if not a great motivator and a creative thinker. He led his team to create innovative initiatives like "Cable Best Friends Forever, CBFF" and "Buck the Recession" that do well at trade shows. Plus 600% growth within the last 18 months is no game play, making Sportsman one of the fastest-growing emerging nets around.
Bigger and Bigger Fish: Kang plans to continue gaining subs as The Sportsman Channel’s parent company, InterMedia Outdoors, excites hobbyists and pros alike with original shows like Guns and Ammo, In-Fisherman and Tactical Impact.
Kang’s hunting and fishing for new affiliates (sorry) will reap rewards.
Favorite Restaurant: Hot Pot on Canal and Chrystie, NYC
Prediction for Cable in 2010: Sportsman will become the most distributed network in its genre.
When I Need to Recharge, I: Get a hug from my daughter Hunter.
Trait I Most Admire in People: Integrity
Childhood Hero: My mother