David Granville-Smith

Years in Cable: 3

Education: Brown University

One Word that Best Describes Me: Dependable

The A+E Networks’ portfolio was an anchor tenant on the DirecTV Now “skinny” service, and distribution chief Zagin continues to push for new pipes through which to distribute the company’s programming. He oversaw a broad renewal agreement with Time Warner Cable, and predicts OTT delivery will gain market share. Granville-Smith, meanwhile, has leveraged his financial experience from positions at J.P. Morgan, Bear Stearns and Smith Barney to help CEO Nancy Dubuc engineer key investments. One is the 10 percent stake A+E took in burgeoning Vice Media as well as growing A+E Studios, which has created home-grown hits including Lifetime’s “UnREAL” and enables the company to participate more fully in shows’ financial success. Berning, who joined A+E in 2012 from the media agency world, brings an entrepreneurial sense of how to monetize the company’s stable of familiar brands.


The best thing about fast broadband is… Any information that you need is now at your fingertips.

What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? The three Ls…the ability to listen, learn and lead.

How long is your morning commute? 20-minute walk.

Last show I watched not on my network: “Homeland”

Best way to spend a Saturday night: Movie night with the family.

New favorite binge: “The Crown”

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