In his new elevated role since January, Phillips oversees the network and its relationships as the official sports network of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NFL’s Washington Redskins and ACC, and serves as the network’s liaison with Monumental Sports Network. Phillips says, “Companies have to demonstrate a real commitment to developing diverse talent and promoting them through the ranks.”
In what areas should the industry step up its efforts with regard to diversity and inclusion?
It all starts with building a pipeline of diverse talent at all levels of the company. Leaders must challenge hiring managers to look outside their own personal networks for candidates. Retention is also key. Companies have to demonstrate a real commitment to developing diverse talent and promoting them through the ranks.
What’s your best advice to someone just entering the video content/distribution industry?
Find a mentor. Learn how to network with a purpose. Don’t worry about the pay, instead focus on getting the broadest and best work experience possible. Be coachable and be a team player.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
Technology and fan consumption behavior are evolving at a more rapid pace. There are more choices for fans. Media companies have to be more nimble, engaging and innovative to stay ahead and exceed fan expectations. The importance of live sports has also become greater for fans, advertisers and distributors. In a crowed content space, it’s one of the few genres that is still appointment viewing via steaming or via traditional TV.