Number of Years in Cable: 10

Education: USC Film School

One Word that Best Describes Me: Passion

WIth Allen’s vision and Arouh’s negotiating chops, this pair works tirelessly to secure distribution for its seven HD cable nets. And in the past year the fruits of their labor included carriage on AT&T/DirecTV—all seven are on AT&T’s U-verse platform — and ESN’s comedy network, Comedy.TV, and court network, JusticeCentral.TV, are both now carried in 20 million DirecTV homes as well. ESN settled its lawsuit with AT&T after it scored the carriage. It has filed a similar lawsuit against Charter for allegedly not launching African-American networks. Meanwhile, Allen is launching a sixth court series, “The Verdict With Judge Hatchet,” plus comedy shows “Funny You Should Ask” and “Trending Funny.” Expect more distribution announcements and TV Everywhere deals from this duo in the future.

My first job: At age 14 (1975), writing jokes as part of a writing staff with Jay Leno and David Letterman for comedian Jimmie J.J. Walker

“Star Trek” celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. So if Mr. Spock’s motto is “Live Long and Prosper,” mine is… Get out of your way

Best way to spend a Saturday night: Dinner date night with my wife

I watch the majority of programming on this device: Television

My favorite newfound hobby: Sleeping

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with my family

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