Albert Cheng

Title: EVP/Chief Product Officer, Digital Media, Disney/ABC Television Group
Years in Cable: 15
Education: MIT; MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration
Best Advice: Find your passion; play your strengths.

Gary Marsh

Title: President/Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide
Years in Cable: 25
Education: UCLA
Best Advice: Act as if…

Ben Pyne

Title: President, Global Distribution, Disney Media Networks
Years in Cable: 22
Education: BA, Princeton University; MBA, Harvard Business School
Best Advice: Carpe diem

Things are rosy in Disney land, and these three men have a lot to do with it. Marsh’s creative vision drives a roster of consistent hits, including a banner year for Disney Junior in its first 356 days as a Nielsen-rated net, upcoming “Star Wars Rebels” on Disney XD, a string of live-action hits on Disney Channel and upcoming movies like “Descendants,” a look at the offspring of some of Disney’s biggest villains. Cheng remains a pioneer in extending Disney’s reach into digital realms. Next-gen versions of WATCH Disney TVE products are on their way, and will include short-form content and games. And Pyne is crushing distribution barriers, including Disney’s recent Internet-only deal with DirecTV.


I watch the majority of programming on this device: iPad

TV show I’d most like to have a cameo in: “Sherlock”

Twitter or Instagram? Twitter

One thing I would do all the time if I could: Songwriting

The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is: Broadband

Favorite Restaurant: every local favorite in Korea-town

Beach or mountains? Beach

Favorite TV show as a kid: “The Electric Company”

The last time I had a good laugh: My wife as color commentator during each episode of “The Bachelor”

If someone forced me to cut the cord and only watch 3 over-the-top shows, they would be: “House of Cards,” “Arrested Development,” Smosh


I watch the majority of programming on this device: A big screen TV

TV show I’d most like to have a cameo in: “Mad Money”

John, Paul, George or Ringo? Ringo? Really?!?

I wish Congress would just…  Stop lying about their true agenda

My favorite newfound hobby: TsumTsum

My ideal celebrity partner on Dancing with the Stars: Cheryl Burke!

Favorite vacation spot: Idyllwild

Who’s on tap for the next big comeback? Shia LaBeouf

Desert island album: Neil Young, Harvest

Favorite TV show as a kid: “All In The Family”


I watch the majority of programming on this device: TV

Oscars or Grammys?  Oscars

Favorite Restaurant: Taillevant in Paris

Beach or mountains? Mountains

Dish I can make and that would impress a celebrity chef: Butterfly boneless roast of lamb in tomato and garlic sauce

My favorite business/motivational book: Only the Paranoid Survive by Andy Grave

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Consumer Groups Stand By NY Broadband Law

Public Knowledge and the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society filed an amici curiae brief late last week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in support of New York’s Affordable

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