David Gandler

Years in Industry: 20+

Education: Economics degree, Boston University

Motto I Live By: Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

Gandler recently announced a rate increase for fuboTV and fubo Extra, but he feels the surge is worth it as he’s continuing to add features and some channels not otherwise widely available with other providers, including PeopleTV, Sports Illustrated TV and INSP. As 2019 continues, the service is looking to add numerous Viacom channels including BET, MTV, and VH1, among others. Under Gandler’s leadership, fuboTV launched in Spain—the first US vMVPD to do so outside of North America. Last year Gandler & Co. closed on a $75 million Series D fundraising round, securing investments from new investor AMC Networks, and existing investors 21st Century Fox, Luminari Capital, Northzone, Sky and the former Scripps Networks Interactive (now part of Discovery, Inc). The seasoned exec cut his teeth at now defunct Korean drama SVOD service DramaFever, working alongside fuboTV co-founders Alberto Horihuela and Sung Ho Choi. But his resume also includes stints as Scripps Networks, Time Warner Cable Media Sales and NBCU’s Telemundo Media.

My prediction for direct-to-consumer video is… Live TV & bundling will prevail.

Last linear content you watched live: “Squawk Alley” (CNBC)

How do you stay motivated in your job? Successfully competing with the world’s largest companies coupled with the fear of failure.

Biggest challenge facing the industry? Time: we are at the very bottom of an S-curve. Patience will pay dividends

What quality do you look for when promoting someone? Tenacity and resilience.

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