Rich Ross

Years in Cable: 23

Education: JD, Fordham University; BA, Univer­sity of Pennsylvania

One Word that Best Describes Me: Decisive

From platforms to programming, Phillips, Ross, Schleiff and Kaplan are key players. Phillips was involved with the comprehensive Comcast renewal agreement, paved the way for a TVE deal with Time Warner Cable, and helped launch Discovery GO. His strong relationships with af­filiate partners led to several large-scale affiliate promotions. Promoted in January, Ross delivered on his promise to expand and diversify program­ming, leading to a 12 percent year-over-year gain in total viewers. In addition to his work on ID, Schleiff championed smaller networks American Heroes Channel and Destination America by creating events like “Red Bandanna Heroes Award” and “Exorcism LIVE!” Kaplan’s recent promotion has her overseeing global brands across all platforms. Her purview includes TLC’s hits “I Am Jazz” and “My Big Fat Fabulous Life,” and Animal Planet’s “The Last Alaskans.”

Last show I watched not on my network(s): “Master of None” on Netflix

My first job: Talent coordinator, Nickelodeon

Favorite charity event I work with: Fulfillment Fund

If this election year was a reality TV series, it would be called… “Survivor” vs. “Amazing Race”

What was the last costume that you wore and why? Shark costume to celebrate our record year for Shark Week

Favorite vacation spot: Italy

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