Title: Chairman, Content Distribution, NBCUniversal
Years in Cable: 23
Education: BS, BA, Marketing and Finance, University of Denver; JD, University of Colorado
Title: President, TV Networks Distribution, NBCUniversal Content Distribution
Years in Cable: 24
Education: MBA, Harvard University, BA Economics Yale University
Title: President, Television and New Media Distribution, U.S. & Canada, NBCUniversal
Education: New York University Stern School of Business; BS, Economics, New York University
It’s a big programming year for NBCU with the evolution of content across all cable nets, not to mention the Olympics, and new NASCAR and FIFA programming. Good thing this rock-solid trio is here to ensure augmented distribution paths for all that content on all platforms, including a strong push into live streaming and on-demand. Budill, Bond and Manfredi are building on a track record that saw a 10 percent year-over-year increase in distribution revenue to more than $5 billion in 2015. To boot, this year’s Super Bowl was the most watched U.S. show in TV history and broke digital streaming records on NBC Sports Live Extra with 800,000 views per minute. Go team!
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: X1 platform
Last show I watched not on my network(s): “Billions”
My first job: Runner at criminal law firm in Las Vegas
Favorite charity event you work with: adoptaboxerrescue.com. An all-volunteer unpaid organization that rescues abandoned dogs and finds them great homes.
Best way to spend a Saturday night: At home making dinner with my wife
Favorite vacation spot: My house in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Last show I watched not on my network(s): “Orphan Black”
My first job: Loading/launching clay pigeons while scrunched in a bunker that was 4 feet high and 100+ degrees
If this election year was a reality TV series, it would be called… Small hands. Big lies. Can’t Win.
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Listening to music at Austin City Limits or similar festival
New favorite binge: “Parenthood” (only coincidentally an NBC show)
Last show I watched not on my network: “Billions” on Showtime, “Trial of O. J. Simpson” on FX, “Vinyl” on HBO
Virtual reality is: cool, but I prefer reality
My first job: Ballet instructor
Favorite charity event: National Down Syndrome Society annual gala
My motto is: Every moment you spend doubting yourself is a moment of your life wasted.
New favorite binge: “Happy Valley” on Netflix
Personal theme song is: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”