Ed Erhardt

Years in Cable: 8

One Word that Best Describes Me: Happy

The worldwide leader has been looking for places to lead beyond its linear home base given the on-the-go lifestyle of its avid consumers. One key area is digital and streaming. For the 12 months ended last October, streaming through WatchESPN and the ESPN app—across computers, smartphones, tablets and all streaming devices—averaged 8.2 million unique devices and 1.8 billion minutes per month, up 31 percent and 52 percent, respectively. For Driessen, Donoghue and Erhardt, the dealmaking triple threat, there are always new horizons to explore. One later this year will be a stand-alone streaming service, announced last summer along with a plan to take a minority stake in BAMtech. Even without these 21st Century layers in the cake, ESPN still closed Nielsen’s 2016 ratings year as the highest-rated full-time cable network among men and adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, in both total day and prime time.


My OTT prediction is… Advertisers will truly appreciate the valuable audience it delivers

How do you celebrate your birthday? Going to the theatre.

How long is your morning commute? 12-minute walk.

Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? “Jonny Quest”

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