Namic Awards: Next Generation Leaders

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The National Association
for Multi-Ethnicity
in Communications,
in partnership with
Multichannel News, for
the fifth consecutive
year has selected three
Next Generation Leaders
who demonstrate
exceptional business
acumen and embody
the professionalism that
reflects the NAMIC mission
to educate, advocate and
empower for multiethnic
diversity and inclusion
in the communications
industry.

The leaders — one
each from a cable MSO,
programming network and
technology discipline —
will be honored at NAMIC’s
2010 Annual Awards
Breakfast, on Thursday, May
13, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at
the JW Marriott at LA Live
in Los Angeles during Cable
Connection–Spring.

Twelve Luminaries
— bright and shining
industry stars — also
will be recognized at
the event. A list of the
honorees follows.

George Bodenheimer,
president, ESPN Inc.
and ABC Sports and cochairman,
Disney Media
Networks, is honorary chair
of the event. Emcees will be
Neil Everett and Stan Verett,
Los Angeles-based anchors
of ESPN’s SportsCenter.

IMANI BREAKER
Vice President Customer Care,
New York City Region
Time Warner Cable

As vice president of customer care for Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region,
Imani Breaker is responsible for a staff of 700-plus employees serving 1.4 million customers.

Her extraordinary career includes more than 15 years of experience with three major cable
operators: Media One, Comcast and TWC. Before joining Time Warner Cable in New York
City, she served as customer care director for the company’s West Region where she managed
contact centers for care, sales and retention with more than 500 employees and serving
570,000 customers. Prior to that, she managed Comcast’s midsize Maryland-based unit
and rose to oversee its Hollywood, Calif., operation.

Since being named to her current position in 2009, Breaker has helped drive regionalization
for the New York City-area call centers by streamlining department processes and
procedures. Over the last year, she has guided the team towards a more customer-centric
approach and focused on developing the department’s leaders to build a better organization.

She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern Illinois University and
is a member of NAMIC and Women In Cable Telecommunications.

“I am completely honored and humbled at being recognized as a Next Generation Leader,”
she said. “I often think back on when I first entered the industry in 1995, on the phones,
selling cable. I had no vision of how the job would evolve into a career. So it’s especially gratifying
to now be in the position where I have the opportunity to help guide people. This recognition
reinforces my commitment to all our front-line employees.”

DAVID HUDSON
Vice President,
Alternative Programming
TNT and TBS

David Hudson serves as vice president of alternative programming for TBS and
TNT. Hudson oversees creative and production for such projects as TBS’s hit late-night series
Lopez Tonight; specials from TBS’s comedy festivals in Chicago; the Screen Actors Guild Awards
on TNT and TBS; Christmas in Washington on TNT and movie showcases like TBS’s Dinner & a
Movie
. He is also in charge of creative on TNT’s new forays into unscripted programming.

Hudson previously served as vice president of production, sponsored programming, for
TBS and TNT, responsible for the originals team’s integrated projects with ad sales. Prior to
that, he served as vice president of production and production finance for TBS and TNT original
programming.

Before joining Turner, Hudson was a series co-producer of the highly touted Earth’s Fury
for TLC; producer of Final Report for Multimedia Television and War Games for TBS; and executive
in charge of production and line producer on many other projects.

In 1998, he created David Hudson Productions and, under its banner, has developed numerous
reality programs and served as a budgetary consultant.

Hudson graduated from the 2005-06 Executive Leadership Development Program at UCLA’s
Anderson School of Management.

“My involvement with NAMIC began with the ELDP,” he said. I have forged invaluable
relationships with several members of my ELDP class which remain strong today. To be
recognized by the organization that gave me these great tools and friends that have unquestionably
contributed to my professional growth as an executive and personal growth
is truly an honor.”

MATTHEW HONG
Senior Vice President,
General Manager
Turner Sports
Turner Broadcasting System

Matt Hong is senior vice president and general manager, sports operations, at
Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System. He is responsible for running dayto-
day business, technical and remote operations for the division, which produces the company’s
coverage of Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, NASCAR and
professional golf on TNT and TBS, and oversees the digital business of various sports properties,
including NASCAR.COM, PGATOUR.COM, PGA.com and the Turner Sports alliance
with Yahoo! Sports.

Before joining Turner in early 2008, Hong was vice president and general manager, interactive
media, at Thomson Gale, a business of The Thomson Corp., where he oversaw the company’s
digital media and distribution businesses.

Prior to Thomson, Hong spent six years at AOL, where he was executive director of search,
managing the search and sponsored links businesses across the company’s various properties,
including the AOL Service, AOL.com, MapQuest, Netscape and AIM.

He is a member of the North Carolina State University College of Management advisory board
and also serves on the board of directors of Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger-relief organization
that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world.

“It’s a true honor to be chosen by NAMIC to represent Turner Sports and Turner Broadcasting
System as a Next Generation Leader Award recipient,” he said. “As Turner Sports strives to
deliver the highest quality experience across television, online and mobile for our users, affiliates
and sponsors, we do so with NAMIC’s important mission — to educate, advocate and
empower for diversity and inclusion in our industry — in mind.”

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