2017 Honorees

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Steve Burke

Stephen B. Burke

Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal

Steve Burke is Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal. He oversees the company’s valuable portfolio of news, sports, and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. Burke assumed this role in January 2011, upon the closing of Comcast and General Electric’s joint venture merging the assets of NBC Universal with Comcast’s programming assets. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Comcast Corporation, where he was a driving force in its growth from a cable industry leader to one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services.

Burke joined Comcast in 1998 as President of Comcast Cable. During his tenure, Comcast became the largest cable company, largest residential Internet service provider, and third-largest phone company in America, along with launching a wireless business. Burke also led Comcast to leadership in multiplatform video entertainment distribution, including the company’s industry-changing video-on-demand platform and online video offerings. He has been praised for leading the highly successful integration of AT&T Broadband with Comcast.

Prior to Comcast, Burke served with The Walt Disney Company as President of ABC Broadcasting. Burke joined The Walt Disney Company in January 1986, where he helped to develop and found The Disney Stores. In 1992, he moved to Euro Disney S.A., where, as President and Chief Operating Officer, he helped to lead a comprehensive restructuring effort.

Burke serves on the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Burke is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colgate University and earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He lives in New York with his wife and five children.

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Jill Campbell

Jill Campbell

Executive Vice President and COO, Cox Communications

Jill Campbell is an optimistic champion of change and is always seeking ways to elevate talented leaders and her organization to exceed their own expectations and those of customers.

A Las Vegas native and daughter of a UNLV professor and psychologist, Campbell was accustomed to regular and very diverse dinner guests, something that shaped her broad view of the world and what it takes to build high performing teams.

After earning an undergraduate degree from UNLV, Campbell began her 35 year career at Cox as communications director for the company in Oklahoma, where she also earned an MBA from Oklahoma State University. She was soon encouraged by a mentor to enter an operational role and it was there that she started her path to become one of the highest ranked women in cable operations in the U.S. as executive vice president and chief operations officer.

Campbell’s teams have consistently led the industry in innovation and execution, including Gigabit Internet service, the launch of personal video recommendations and a pioneering investment in business telecom services.

Jill's influence and commitments stretch far beyond Cox. She currently serves on the board of directors for Girl Talk, an organization focused on empowering young women to have self-confidence, support each other and believe that they can do anything. She has also worked with several other nonprofit organizations and cable industry groups. Through the years she has received many accolades including Multichannel News' Wonder Women and WICT's Women of the Year.

Jill shares her life outside work with husband George, daughter Lauryn and son-in-law Tim, son and college senior Colin, 12-year-old daughter Afton and three-year-old granddaughter Cora.

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Mike Fries

mike fries

CEO, Liberty Global

Mike Fries is Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Global, the largest international TV and broadband company in the world, currently providing close to 29 million customers in over 30 countries with broadband, entertainment, voice and mobile services. With more than 45,000 employees and $20 billion of revenue, Liberty Global is recognized as a global leader in entertainment, media and broadband.

Fries was a founding member of the management team that launched the company’s international expansion over 25 years ago, and he has served in various strategic and operating capacities since that time. He was appointed president and chief executive officer in 2005 and is the vice chairman of Liberty Global's board of directors. He is also a member of its two-person executive committee along with the company’s chairman, Dr. John C. Malone.

Fries is an engaged industry and community leader. He is a Telecom Governor and Steering Committee member of the World Economic Forum and a member of Young Presidents’ Organization. He serves as a trustee or board member of many organizations, including CableLabs, The Cable Center, Grupo Televisa, Lionsgate, Alliance for Choice in Education and Teach for America, and he chairs the board for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Biennial of the Americas. Recognitions for his achievements include EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Media, Entertainment and Communications, Industry Leader of the Year by Digital TV Europe and induction into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. In April, he will be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame which recognizes pioneers and leaders in the cable industry. Mike holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, where he serves on the Board of Trustees, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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Ken Lowe

Ken Lowe

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Scripps Networks Interactive

Ken Lowe is Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, a leading global lifestyle content company. Previously, he was President and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company from 2000 until 2008, when Scripps Networks Interactive became a separate, publicly traded company.

Prior to 2000, Lowe was Chairman and CEO of Knoxville-based Scripps Networks. He built the company into one of the world's fastest growing and most successful creators of unique brands for television and the Internet. He founded and launched HGTV in 1994; oversaw the acquisition and transformation of the Food Network into an American pop culture icon; presided over the launches of DIY Network and Cooking Channel, as well as the acquisitions of Travel Channel in 2009 and Great American Country in 2004. He has directed the company’s rapid expansion as a global media company, including the 2015 acquisition of Poland’s premier media company, TVN.

Lowe joined Scripps in 1980 as General Manager of the company's radio properties. In 1988, he became Vice President of Programming, Promotion and Marketing for the company's nine network-affiliated television stations.

He began his career in radio with Southern Broadcasting in 1969 and continued with various management positions with Harte-Hanks Broadcasting in the late 1970s.

Lowe serves on the board of directors for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, The Paley Center for Media and The Cable Center. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio, television and motion pictures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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The Sopranos

The Sopranos

A television drama series; David Chase, creator; HBO

Created by David Chase, The Sopranos premiered on HBO in January 1999 and concluded in June 2007. Revolving around the family of New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), the drama series portrays the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and his business. The show features Tony's family members, colleagues and rivals in prominent roles and story arcs, most notably his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), psychiatrist, Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), and protégé, Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), as well as others. The Sopranos’ controversial final episode is still being debated today, nearly ten years later.

The Sopranos was much-discussed and dissected by fans and critics alike from start to finish. After its HBO run, the series went into syndication and has been broadcast in the U.S. and all over the world. The Sopranos raised the bar for cable and network TV, paving the way for many of today’s award-winning series.

The Sopranos is regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time and won a multitude of awards, including Peabody Awards for its first two seasons, 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. It was nominated for the outstanding drama series Emmy throughout its entire run, and in 2004 became the first cable series to win that honor. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America named The Sopranos the best-written TV series of all time, while TV Guide ranked it the best television series of all time.

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David M. Zaslav

David M. Zaslav

President and CEO, Discovery Communications

David Zaslav sets the strategy and oversees all operations for the company’s global portfolio of premium nonfiction, sports and kids programming brands across pay-TV, free-to-air and digital platforms in more than 220 countries and territories. Under his leadership, Discovery began trading as a public company on the Nasdaq stock exchange in 2008 and, in 2014, became a Fortune 500 company.

Since Zaslav took the helm in 2007, Discovery has launched some of the fastest-growing cable networks in the U.S., including Investigation Discovery, Velocity, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and has expanded to reach 3 billion cumulative worldwide viewers.

Zaslav has diversified the company’s nonfiction content offering with investments in kids in Latin America and sports in Europe, where he led Discovery’s acquisition of Eurosport, Europe’s leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports content. Under Zaslav’s leadership, Eurosport became home to the 2018-2024 Olympic Games across Europe.

He has expanded Discovery’s audiences across screens through over-the-top offerings Eurosport Player and Dplay, as well as the GO portfolio of TV Everywhere apps in the U.S. Most recently, he led Discovery’s investment in Group Nine Media, a new digital content holding company, as well as a partnership with MLB Advanced Media’s BAMTech to create new digital technology provider BAMTech Europe.

In 2016, Zaslav furthered Discovery’s purpose-driven mission with the launch of the company’s latest global conservation initiative, Project C.A.T.: Conserving Acres for Tigers.

Prior to joining Discovery, Zaslav had a distinguished career at NBCUniversal, where he was instrumental in developing and launching CNBC and also played a role in the creation of MSNBC.