Frank Tanki

Years in Cable: 20

Education: BS, Boston College; MBA, City College of NY – Zicklin

Kay is doing triple duty at TV Land, CMT and the burgeoning Paramount Network, formerly Spike, which is drawing refreshed ratings and critical acclaim. Together with Cox, the two are setting the tone for content on the rebooted network, jumping into action this past year by green-lighting original series including “Waco,” “Yellowstone” and the TV adaptation of “Heathers.” Meanwhile, Tanki led TV Land to its best year since 2013 while transforming the entire CMT brand, moving it beyond music to showcase a more modern, progressive “open country” culture that better reflects the network’s audience.

Favorite restaurant: Volare, a hidden old school Italian gem in NYC

Best advice your mom or dad ever gave you? Mom: “Don’t be anything other than yourself.” Dad: “Never make a rash decision to earn yourself $10,000 or less, it’s not worth it.”

Your social media platform of choice? Instagram

Last show I binged not on my network(s): “Atlanta”

Favorite Podcast: “Planet Money”

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