Burton Jablin

Years in Cable: 22

Education: BA, Harvard University

One Word that Best Describes Me: Thoughtful

While some forecast bumpy roads for the television industry, Scripps continues to evolve and flourish under the leadership of this dynamic duo. Part of the original team that launched HGTV in 1994, Jablin was upped last August and has focused on international growth in his role overseeing sales, distribution, programming, digital and strategic planning, all priorities for Lowe. The Scripps ad sales team last year delivered a fourth consecutive upfront that surpassed the $1 billion mark in gross sales, and expanded its digital offerings as well as its Lifestyle Studio content.

My cable industry mentor and why: Frank Gardner, because he opened up great opportunities.

Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Driverless car

“Star Trek” celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. So if Mr. Spock’s motto is “Live Long and Prosper,” mine is… Stay focused on what’s important

My first job: Research Assistant at WBBM-TV Chicago

Favorite vacation spot: Costa Rica

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