Justin Connolly (photo credit:Joe Faraoni/ ESPN Images)

Years in Cable: 14

Education: BA, MBA, Harvard University.

One Word that Best Describes Me: Fortunate

Marsh, a 29-year Disney veteran, and his team are readying a fleet of more sophisticated series such as this spring’s “Andi Mack” and a sequel to hit movie “Descendants” to keep the Disney Channel competitive with its Snapchat-and-YouTube-obsessed demo. Connolly segued in 2014 from running ESPN’s college networks into a broader role in affiliate sales for the company. In February, he led the charge as ESPN secured carriage on YouTube’s new virtual MVPD. Disney’s losing a heavy hitter with Pyne announcing in March that he will end his 25-year run at the company. His list of homeruns include transitioning Disney Channel from a small pay network to a global service, growing distribution from 6.5 million US subscribers in 1992 to nearly 100 million domestically—not to mention an additional 500 million for the 107 international channels that have launched over the past 20 years.


What inspires you most about this industry? Participating in such a dynamic business where the pace of change is only accelerating.

The best thing about fast broadband is… How easy it is to watch live content almost anywhere.

Three years from now, what do you hope has been invented? Secure, seamless TV Everywhere

What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Curious, energetic, sense of humor

Which TV family is most like your own? The Keatons (“Family Ties”)

How long is your morning commute? 75 – 90 minutes.

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