Kevin Bennett

Title: GM, Investigation Discovery & American Heroes Channel and EVP, Programming, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel & Destination America
Years in Cable: 17
Education: MA, Communication Theory and Research; BA, Communication Studies; West Virginia University
Best Advice: Never be afraid to make the right decision.

Margaret Loesch

Title: President/CEO, Hub Network
Years in Cable: 43 years total in broadcast, cable television and as a producer/production executive
Education: BA, plus one year of post-graduate work
Best Advice: Never make assumptions—take nothing for granted.

 

Loesch has adeptly orchestrated her vision for Hub as a family-viewing magnet, consistently growing ratings and distribution. Among her latest moves, she’s giving YouTube sensation Kid President his own show, and launching “Freaky Friday”-like reality series “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” And coming off of a year of ratings growth, Bennett rang in 2014 for Military Channel with a network name change to American Heroes Channel and a focus on the intersection between military and history programming. To boot, ID had its best ratings year in 2013 in key demos.

Bennett

I watch the majority of programming on this device: TV!

Beach or mountains? Being originally from West Virginia, I am obligated to say “Mountains”

TV show I’d most like to have a cameo in: “Not Wives with Knives,” for sure – maybe a shot of me enjoying a good game on “Monday Night Football.”

The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: The fantastic quality and quantity of original series across cable networks, the creative range is really amazing.

Who’s on deck for the next celebrity meltdown? Betty White

Who’s on tap for the next big comeback? LL Cool J (but he won’t let you call it a comeback).

The last time I had a good laugh: When I read the Twerking Questions

Loesch

I watch the majority of programming on this device: TV…. settling down in front of our home HDTV puts me in a very relaxed frame of mind, but I watch our dailies on my mini-iPad — often I do both at the same time!

Favorite TV show as a kid: “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “Twilight Zone”

The last time I had a good laugh: Today! Our head of programming was in my office describing some of our most recent comedy development…she’s very funny and so is our development!

Dish I can make and that would impress a celebrity chef: Real Southern fried chicken

The day we get multiplatform measurement is the day I… open my favorite bottle of champagne — Dom Perignon, of course!

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