Frances Manfredi, President, NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution, U.S. & Canada

Education: New York University Stern School of Business; BS, Economics, New York University

It’s a big programming year for NBCU with the evolution of content across all cable nets, not to mention the Olympics, and new NASCAR and FIFA programming. Good thing this rock-solid trio is here to ensure augmented distribution paths for all that content on all platforms, including a strong push into live streaming and on-demand. Budill, Bond and Manfredi are building on a track record that saw a 10 percent year-over-year increase in distribution revenue to more than $5 billion in 2015. To boot, this year’s Super Bowl was the most watched U.S. show in TV history and broke digital streaming records on NBC Sports Live Extra with 800,000 views per minute. Go team!

Last show I watched not on my network: “Billions” on Showtime, “Trial of O. J. Simpson” on FX, “Vinyl” on HBO

My first job: Ballet instructor

Favorite charity event: National Down Syndrome Society annual gala

My motto is: Every moment you spend doubting yourself is a moment of your life wasted.

New favorite binge: “Happy Valley” on Netflix

Personal theme song is: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

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