Mac Budill

EDITOR’S NOTE: We continue to spotlight our 2011 CableFAX 100 honorees, who were featured in a special issue of CableFAX: The Magazine published in Dec. 2011. Here is an excerpt from #65.

Title: EVP, Programming, Cablevision

Years in Cable: 20

Education: BA, Yale; MBA, Harvard

Words of Wisdom: Work your weak side too, Budill says. That’s what he tells his kids. “Keep practicing with and using your off-hand. Play with balance.”

The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: Remote-Storage DVR

Worst thing I’ve ever heard someone say in a meeting: “We know it’s a high percentage increase, but it’s really not a lot of money.”

Bands I would actually go see live: Arcade Fire, The National, Guster, Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Frightened Rabbit

Favorite business and/or motivational book: “When Pride Still Mattered” By David Mariniss, on Vince Lombardi

Favorite iPad app: A tie between Cribbage and our Optimum App.

Companies since graduating from college: I’ve spent my entire post-grad school career, 20 years now, at Cablevision. ?

The Daily


Roku, NBCU Fight Over Peacock

Roku and Comcast NBCU have reached an impasse in carriage negotiations, largely related to NBCU’s streamer Peacock . Over the weekend, 11 NBCU TV Everywhere apps are set to go dark on Roku, as well as dozens

Read the Full Issue
The Skinny is delivered on Tuesday and focuses on the cable profession. You'll stay in the know on the headlines, topics and special issues you value most. Sign Up