Rone’s responsibilities are widespread, but this year he led the complete rebranding of Time Warner Cable’s local news, sports and community networks. He also played a pivotal role in launching SportsNet LA, the regional television network of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rone is keeping a close eye on consolidation, both among distributors and programmers. He says former Disney exec John Cooke taught him a lot by example. “While either in meetings with John or traveling, I learned so much about industry players, dealings and relationships.” As the industry continues to evolve and shift, Rone says he looks for some key qualities in any new hire: “Passion, interpersonal skills, teamwork and a sense of urgency.”
Who has been your strongest mentor, and why?
John Cooke, former Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for the Walt Disney Co. While either in meetings with John or traveling, I learned so much about industry players, dealings and relationships. John cultivated relationships around the world such that whenever he was presented with an opportunity or someone in need of help, John always had someone one phone call away who could facilitate successful resolution quickly.
What qualities do you look for in a new hire?
Passion, inter-personal skills, teamwork and a sense of urgency.
Name one emerging trend in cable we should all have our eyes on.
The continuation of industry consolidation – both for distributors and programmers.