Steve Koonin

Title: President, Turner Entertainment Networks
Years in Cable: 15
Education: University of Georgia, Fellow Grady School of Journalism

Michael Wright

Title: President/Head of Programming, TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies
Years in Cable: 12
Education: UCLA College of Fine Arts

This always-impressive pair orchestrated a masterful programming lineup of both scripted and unscripted series that put Turner’s networks at the top of the charts. 2013 ended with TBS as basic cable’s top network, 18-34, for the third consecutive year, thanks to heavy hitters like “Big Bang Theory” and “Cougar Town.” TNT also earned accolades for its collection of original series, while TCM treated movie connoisseurs to 15 weeks of flicks from across the globe. Koonin’s responsiblities also include truTV, which has chalked up solid numbers and huge growth for its digital properties.


I watch the majority of programming on this device: Television

TV show I’d most like to have a cameo in: “Wicked Tuna”

One thing I would do all the time if I could: Fish

Favorite vacation spot: Longboat Key, FL

Beach or mountains? Beach


TV show I’d most like to have a cameo in: “Game of Thrones”

One thing I would do all the time if I could: Travel with my wife

The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is: VOD

Oscars or Grammys? SAG Awards

Favorite Restaurant: Mastros

Beach or mountains? Mountains

Desert island album? Abbey Road

Favorite TV show as a kid? “Star Trek”

My favorite business/motivational book: The Score Takes Care of Itself, Bill Walsh

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