Eric Phillips

Years in Cable: 16

Education: Oberlin College, BA, ’87; University of Michi­gan Law School, JD, Law ‘95

One Word That Describes Me: Dedicated

From platforms to programming, Phillips, Ross, Schleiff and Kaplan are key players. Phillips was involved with the comprehensive Comcast renewal agreement, paved the way for a TVE deal with Time Warner Cable, and helped launch Discovery GO. His strong relationships with af­filiate partners led to several large-scale affiliate promotions. Promoted in January, Ross delivered on his promise to expand and diversify program­ming, leading to a 12 percent year-over-year gain in total viewers. In addition to his work on ID, Schleiff championed smaller networks American Heroes Channel and Destination America by creating events like “Red Bandanna Heroes Award” and “Exorcism LIVE!” Kaplan’s recent promotion has her overseeing global brands across all platforms. Her purview includes TLC’s hits “I Am Jazz” and “My Big Fat Fabulous Life,” and Animal Planet’s “The Last Alaskans.”

Virtual reality is… A cool way to see the world

Last show I watched not on my network(s): “House of Lies” My first job: BeMo Potato Chip Factory

Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Bike

My favorite newfound hobby: Trading baseball and football cards with my kids

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