Nancy Daniels

Title: GM, TLC
Years in Cable: 19
Education: Ithaca College
Best Advice: Be smart, work hard, & you’ll go far.

Marc Etkind

Title: General Manager, Destination America
Years in Cable: 18
Education: B.S. In biology, Brown University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Always wear comfortable shoes.

Robert Scanlon

Title: General Manager, Velocity
Years in Cable: 36 amazing years
Education: Ithaca College
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: If the job’s not fun, find another

It’s been a milestone year for Daniels. She began by taking her Discovery Channel EVP, production & development, role to new heights, guiding the net to its highest viewership in 12 years on the wings of landmark event programming like “Skywire With Nik Wallenda.” And she ended with a new title: GM of TLC, where she’s overseeing new seasons of hits “Little Couple” and “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” and evaluating new growth opportunities. Etkind was promoted to GM at DA last June and is seasoning the programming pot with cross-platform extensions of series including “BBQ Pitmasters” and “United States of Bacon.” Velocity’s gunning at full speed, where Scanlon’s expertise in building networks is paying off with huge ratings jumps. Look for him to continue driving new content areas that appeal to audiences beyond hardcore automotive fans, especially the U.S. Hispanic market.


I watch the majority of programming on this device: I’m a traditional girl – TV.

The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: It might have been before last year, but HBO Go really stands out to me.

TV show I’d most like to have a cameo in: “Little House on the Prairie.” Well, when I was 10 years old.

John, Paul, George or Ringo? Paul, absolutely.

Twitter or Instagram? Twitter

Oscars or Grammys? Grammys

Favorite Restaurant: Firefly, in Studio City

Beach or mountains? Beach

The last time I had a good laugh: Kevin Bacon’s “Footloose” anniversary dance on “The Tonight Show.”

Dish I can make and that would impress a celebrity chef: Apple pie, from scratch.

My favorite business/motivational book: Why People Fail

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