Peter Block, President and GM of Fear Net
It's Netflix, but I just can't decide which story is bigger. It's either their output deal with Disney or the manner in which they are re-launching their original series (beginning with House of Cards).
Charlie Collier, President and GM, AMC
It was the Olympics for many reasons. NBC holding back events (of their choosing) to air in primetime is a big deal on multiple levels that was good for consumers and business people alike.
Nancy Dubuc, President Entertainment & Media, A+E
The massive success of Hatfields & McCoys resonated throughout the industry. It was clearly a home run for History, establishing us as a major player in the scripted genre, and it re-ignited scripted mini-series in basic cable.
Donna Ebbs, SVP Programming, HUB
This was the year that "crowdsourcing" became such an undeniable force in entertainment.
Cathy Hetzel, Corporate President & President, AMI Division, Rentrak
Video on Demand on every platform and the Obama's campaign use of Rentrak's advanced service for targeting TV buys.
David Kleeman, President, American Center for Children and Media
It's been the fall of gatekeepers. Experienced producers, newcomers and even kids have an increasingly variety of ways to distribute content that doesn't depend on the real estate of a scheduled channel.
Salaam Coleman Smith, President, Style Media
The Walking Dead's massive 10.9 million viewers for its October 2012 premiere. Cable's zombie hit beat all broadcast shows that fall and has already delivered record-breaking success in 2013
Ken Solomon, Chairman, CEO, Tennis Channel
Well, not to make this all about us, but Tennis Channel's win on behalf of independent voices does come to mind. This past summer, for the first time in history, the FCC upheld Congressional law that says television providers are not allowed to use their distribution muscle to discriminate against unaffiliated networks that compete with their own channels.
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