Years in Cable: 14
Education: Yale; JD, Harvard Law School
This trio of high-achievers all stepped into their new elevated posts in January. As co-presidents of Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios, Olmstead and Cheeks are already in sync. Cheeks will remain president of NBC Entertainment’s late-night programming, while Olmstead aims to replicate her success at UCP by making Wilshire another go-to studio for both established and up-and-coming storytellers. The duo is developing projects—including docuseries and unscripted—and continues fostering new talent with an annual Pitch Fest. Meanwhile, McGoldrick’s keen instincts continue to guide him as he mines new territory to develop into scripted content. He also added oversight of casting for all scripted content across the portfolio and is already enjoying new successes. “Krypton,” which tells the story of Superman’s father on his doomed native planet, debuted to 2.5 million viewers in March.
Favorite restaurant? Osteria Mamma in Larchmont
Best advice your mom or dad ever gave you? Never make any career decisions out of emotion.
An area where media/ broadband could use improvement? There needs to be a consistent, universally accepted metric to measure cross platform consumption of content.
Favorite short form content? SNL Digital Shorts
What product or service could you not live without? My Blackberry. I’m never giving it up!
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible packaging? I’m hopeful that these different options will give the consumer more choice and a powerful incentive to stay (or join) the TV package ecosystem.
Last show I binged not on my network(s): “Insecure” on HBO