Byron Allen

Title: Founder/Chairman/CEO, Entertainment Studios Networks
Years in Cable: 8
Education: USC Film School
Best Advice: Get out of your own way!

Janice A. Arouh

Title: President, Distribution and Marketing, Entertainment Studios Networks
Years in Cable: 23
Education: BA Communications, John Carroll University
Best Advice: Do not take no for an answer; there is always a work-around.

Teamwork and persistence are trademarks of Entertainment Studios’ Allen and Arouh. Not only is Allen’s bold vision for the networks reflected in their programming slates, it also fueled sales and marketing efforts that led to significant carriage deals for all six of ESN’s high-definition nets. In 2013 Arouh focused on building ESN’s distribution momentum by securing affiliate distribution agreements and multiyear affiliation agreements. She was the co-architect of Entertainment Studios’ SVOD YouTube Paid Channels, which she also oversees.

Allen

I watch the majority of programming on this device: Television

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

John, Paul, George or Ringo? John

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

The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is: It’s not technology. As always, its quality content.

Favorite Cable Show memory: Premiere of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video

Beach or mountains? Beach

Desert island album: Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On

My favorite business/motivational book: Succeeding Against the Odds: The Autobiography of a Great American Businessman by John H. Johnson

Arouh

I watch the majority of programming on this device: iPad

The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: Cloud-based services and products

John, Paul, George or Ringo? Paul

Twitter or Instagram? Twitter

One thing I would do all the time if I could: Restore and flip homes, and go to estate sales.

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

Favorite Cable Show memory: FX Networks’ first anniversary party at the Western Show, Anaheim.

My ideal celebrity partner on Dancing with the Stars: Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Oscars or Grammys? Oscars

Favorite vacation spot: Four Seasons, Maui.

Beach or mountains? Beach.

Desert island album: Sting, Nothing Like the Sun

Favorite TV show as a kid: “Bewitched”

If someone forced me to cut the cord and only watch 3 over-the-top shows, they would be: “The Walking Dead,” “Scandal” and “Downton Abbey.” Geez, “Homeland,” too.

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