THEN: President/CEO, Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing
NOW: Same gig, more accolades for state-of-the-art conferences.
NEXT: Showcase marketing's critical impact on video-on-demand, interactive TV and home networking rollouts; make CTAM's Broadband Opportunity conference a highlight of the National Show this May in New Orleans.
Mary Pat Blake
THEN: Senior VP of marketing, Charter Communications Inc.
NOW: Decompressing in St. Louis. She left Charter three months ago when president/CEO Jerald Kent resigned.
NEXT: Charter's impressive digital cable and high-speed Internet access penetration solidified her reputation as top marketer. She's a leading candidate for a high-level job in cable — and other industries.
THEN: Founder/chairman, Carlsen Resources
NOW: Still the Queen of Resumés, and loving it.
NEXT: Working on leadership development programs to boost the presence of women and people of color among cable's senior executive core with National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Women in Cable & Telecommunications, the National Association of Minorities in Communications and the Walter Kaitz Foundation.
THEN: President, Bravo Networks
NOW: Hoping The It Factor, a reality-series featuring New York actors looking for their big show biz break, will be Bravo's follow-up to its signature hit Inside The Actors Studio
NEXT: Bringing The Larry Sanders Show
repeats to Bravo's lineup this fall, followed by The West Wing
in 2003 or 2004.
THEN: Senior VP/general manager, Food Network
NOW: President of the channel, presiding over both an expanding audience base and original program schedule.
Despite his NBC sitcom bust, Emeril
still rules here, as does Iron Chef
and The Naked Chef.
NEXT: Cook up more food fare that generates buzz, such as Unwrapped, the inside-story series which rips the lid off hot dogs and Tootsie Roll with equal fervor.
THEN: Interactive technologies director, SeaChange International Inc.
NOW: Relishing video-on-demand's growing importance to cable operators.
NEXT: Parlaying operators' VOD and subscription-VOD deployments (and subsequent interactive TV and interactive advertising business) into server and ancillary tech business for SeaChange.
THEN: Executive VP/general manager, The Sci Fi Channel
NOW: Looking for a breakout year with the Babylon 5: Legend of the Rangers
movie premiering this month and an industry landmark in original programming scheduled for December, Steven Spielberg's UFO project Taken, running 20 hours over 10 consecutive nights.
NEXT: Looking to fill Sci-Fi's pipeline with more original programming such as new episodes of Stargate: SG-1, moving over from Showtime.
THEN: Executive VP/COO/CFO, Insight Communications Co.
NOW: Still a triple threat for Insight, named Cablevision's "Operator of the Year" last fall.
NEXT: Oversee the MSO's pioneering video-on demand and interactive TV rollouts and help CEO Michael Willner chart Insight's future when the AT&T Broadband-Comcast deal is finalized.
THEN: President/COO, Black Entertainment Television
NOW: Thriving in the same role, almost a year after being absorbed by Viacom Inc.
NEXT: Get distribution for BET's digital network package; work up a long-term original programming strategy for the mothership network; and give Showtime's Soul Food
a basic cable home.
THEN: Senior VP of operations, Adelphia Communications Corp.
NOW: Taking the MSO's digital and high-speed Internet- access services to next level.
NEXT: Devise a video-on-demand and interactive TV strategy.
THEN: Executive VP of entertainment, Lifetime Television
NOW: Just named UPN Entertainment's new president. Starts February 11.
NEXT: Hired to help UPN become profitable and expand the network's ratings and programming success beyond the Star Trek
franchise and WWF Smackdown. Must work closely with Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Television on dual network strategy, as well as tapping into CBS library and working more closely with MTV and VH1.