Queen, who joined the company in 2015, negotiates distribution agreements with the AMC Nets’ affiliate partners, and he serves as a liaison between the distribution group and the networks in order to foster internal communications and better serve the interests of the networks when dealing with affiliates. TV Everywhere is the technology that will most benefit cable in the near term, he says, noting: “The demand from viewers to be able to consume content when and where they want will only increase over the next year, and TVE sites and apps give operators and programmers the ability to meet that demand.”

The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is…
TV Everywhere. TVE holds a lot of promise for the future of our industry. The demand from viewers to be able to consume content when and where they want will only increase over the next year, and TVE sites and apps give operators and programmers the ability to meet that demand.

What television show/s – cable or broadcast – best embrace diversity?
“Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat” on ABC. Those shows highlight the unique issues that minority families face in modern America—whether the family is an upwardly mobile African-American family in Los Angeles or a Taiwanese-American family in Central Florida in the 90s—while also reminding us that all families face certain similar issues, and that in the most important ways, we’re much more alike than we are different.

Historically, “The Wire” on HBO was groundbreaking to me because it was one of the first shows to feature a primarily black cast that took an earnest, unbiased look at life in inner city America.

Favorite charity organization you work with?
Haymakers for Hope is a cancer research nonprofit organization that I’ve been involved with since last year. The organization hosts annual “white collar” boxing events in Boston, New York and Los Angeles with the aim of raising funds to help further the effort to find a cure for cancer. There are number of notable Haymakers alumni, and I’m very proud to count myself among them. For more information on Haymakers for Hope, please visit their website at www.haymakersforhope.org.

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