This former Stanford University linebacker these days helps develop digital video and audio products for ESPN’s Internet TV networks, although he finds time to coach his kids’ sports teams. The biggest innovation at Disney/ESPN this year? The launch of SEC Network and SEC Network Plus of course! In addition to working closely with Disney and ESPN Media Networks and ESPN consumer marketing and sales, Phillips is a central player in bringing dynamic ad insertion to digital platforms. He sees the emergence and adoption of TV Everywhere as the emerging trend in cable.

What’s the definition of diversity in 2014, and how can the cable industry do better in the area of inclusiveness?

Cable’s workforce and programming should be more reflective of society. The industry is making progress but there is still a long way to go.  Hiring managers should challenge themselves to look beyond their personal networks for candidates.

What’s been your company’s biggest innovation this year?

The launch of SEC Network and SEC Network Plus.

Name one emerging trend in cable we should all have our eye on.

The emergence and adoption of TV Everywhere.

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