Name: Joshua Sapan
Title: President/CEO, Rainbow Media Holdings
Age: 56
Years in Industry: 26

Name: Ed Carroll
Title: President, Rainbow National Entertainment Services
Age: 43
Years in Industry: 20

 

Why Them? Operating within the confines of Cablevision’s corporate culture is no easy task, particularly when your content spans as many niches as does Rainbow’s. But Sapan steadily ensures Rainbow’s programming connects in both traditional and fresh ways with the help of right-hand man Carroll. So what if Rainbow blew a fuse to the MSG Group this year? There’s plenty of innovation going on at its other networks as Carroll continues to drive original programming on VOOM, IFC, We TV and AMC, particularly in the wake of the highly successful “Mad Men.” Sapan, too, is proving a tireless innovator of late, pushing the multiplatform envelope with the creative Sportskool/Lifeskool franchise under the fine stewardship of Dan Ronayne.  CAO

 

Joshua Sapan
Biggest Cable Surprise of 2007: “Cablevision surpassed 50% phone penetration in its footprint.”
Favorite City: “Toronto. Voom, AMC and IFC are now widely distributed in Canada, and the festival has yielded some great films for IFC.”
Favorite Piece of Technology: “Telescoping” 
Least Favorite Piece of Technology: “Multiple remotes.”
The three Most Played Songs on my iPod are: “Darkness on the Edge of Town” by Bruce Springsteen, “When the Deal Goes Down” by Bob Dylan, “Cease to Begin” by Band of Horses.
Favorite TV Shows: “30 Rock,” “Dexter,” “Damages,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Favorite Movie: Man on a Train


Ed Carroll
Favorite line from movie: “I’m due back on planet earth” – Annie Hall
Favorite piece of tech: “DVR”
Top personal achievement of 2007: “Coached son’s T-Ball team to .500 record.”
Three things I would take to a desert island: “iPod, Tivo, Survivor Guy.”
The three most played songs on my iPod are: “You Know I’m No Good” (Amy Winehouse), “Radio Nowhere” (Springsteen), “As Good as I Once Was” (Toby Keith)
Most embarrassing cable moment: “Bleeding on Kathy Payne.”

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