Eric Phillips, Discovery

Years in Industry: 18

Education: BA Oberlin College; JD University of Michigan

Before the coronavirus got in the way, Discovery was on track to move its 2020-21 upfront to the May Upfront week alongside big players like NBCU, Disney and WarnerMedia, signifying the company’s increasing presence. As it should, since Discovery now owns a 20% share in all of A25-54 in the US under Steinlauf’s leadership. And reach is only increasing, with Phillips striking distribution deals with YouTubeTV and fuboTV. At a time when blackouts are becoming more frequent, his expert negotiation skills help Discovery rack up renewals for its 18 US networks without any major drama.

The COVID-19 pandemic forever changed my perspective on:
What I think is unimaginable.

The first thing I’ll do when I’m back in the office is: 
Remove the fruit from my desk drawer

Best TV commercial you’ve seen recently?
Hyundai Smart Park – funny, surprise ending, great Boston accents

What product could you not live without?
My bike

Worst job you ever had?
Picking blueberries as a teenager – I didn’t go back after lunch on the first day.

Last show binged not on your networks:
“Billions”

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