VP, ESPN3 and WatchESPN, ESPN

If you’re betting on digital-only content distribution, you want Phillips on your fantasy team. Under his watch, ESPN3 and WatchESPN saw average monthly minutes across platforms up 49% in 2012 over the prior year, and he successfully transitioned ESPN3 into a standalone Internet net that delivered 3,643 exclusive live events, including the entire World Twenty20 Championship and nearly 1,400 college football and basketball games. ESPN3 also launched an espnW channel and ESPN Deportes+ por ESPN3, and through additional agreements with Cablevision, Cox, Charter and AT&T U-verse, WatchESPN has grown to 55 million households nationwide. Impressive stats, to be sure.

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