Underwald was promoted to an expanded hybrid role this year, and she now not only heads up Scripps’ distribution legal team but also leads the business team that develops and negotiates the company’s digital distribution deals with companies including Amazon, Apple, Google/YouTube and Snapchat. To boot, she was lead attorney and a key member of the negotiation team on Scripps’ recent renewal of its distribution deal with AT&T/DirecTV, under which Scripps granted both traditional distribution rights and the rights to include the Scripps services in the upcoming DirecTV Now product. The biggest cable story this year? “The growing rise of the ‘virtual MVPD’ and other OTT offerings,” she says.

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