Here's a Peek Into a Day in the Life of Four Busy Cable Execs
Tuesday, May 13
4:45 a.m. -- Wake
up (custom alarm clock, William Goldman's voice saying "Nobody
knows anything" on a loop)
4:50 a.m. -- Take out the dogs
4:50 a.m.-5:30 a.m. -- Elliptical and DVR
5:30 a.m. -- Wake up twin son No. 1 (age 16)
5:35 a.m. -- Shower
5:45 a.m. -- Wake up twin son No. 2 (also 16)
6:17 a.m. -- Train to NYC (watch cut of "Halt and Catch Fire" on iPad)
7:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m. -- Breakfast No. 1 Pershing Square (Client informational interview)
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. -- Breakfast No. 2 Nomad (EP for an AMC original)
9:45 a.m.-10 a.m. -- Find out what's really happening from Margaret, my right arm for the last dozen years
10 a.m.-11 a.m. -- Digital-strategy meeting (preview "Halt and Catch Fire" Story Sync, "The Walking Dead" game in development)
11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. -- AMC senior-staff meeting
12:30-12:45 p.m. -- Lunch at desk
12:45 p.m.-1 p.m. -- Return calls, read Ad Age cover-to-cover
1 p.m.-4 p.m -- Development meeting, rolls into weekly with programming head Joel Stillerman
4 p.m.-5 p.m. -- Meet with writer who has an AMC overall deal
5 p.m.-5:15 p.m. -- Phoner for Dystonia fundraiser
5:15 p.m.-6:20 p.m. -- Meet with Linda Schupack, Exec VP-marketing, to discuss campaigns for "Halt and Catch Fire," "Hell on Wheels," "Mad Men" season finale and "The Walking Dead" at Comic-Con
6:47 p.m. -- Train home. Read "Better Call Saul" outline, review unscripted strategy deck
7:50 p.m. -- Arrive home. Unconditionally happy welcome from the dogs, and often from the family, too. Dinner and catch up with wife and daughters (9 and 11). Boys at night sports.
10 p.m. on -- Respond to e-mail. Read. Watch. Prep. Repeat.
Chris McCumber, President, USA Network
Tuesday, April 29
a.m. -- Drop by "Today Show" to say hi to Jessica St. Claire and
Lennon Parham [stars of] USA's "Playing House"
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. -- Cable-upfront-planning meeting with Dan Lovinger [exec VP-ad sales, entertainment group, NBC Universal] and Peter Lazarus [senior VP-ad sales, NBC Universal]
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. -- Long-term-planning meeting with chief financial officer, scheduling, acquisitions, research, ad sales
12:45 p.m. -2 p.m. -- Lunch with TV Lit agent visiting from L.A.
2:30 p.m.-3 p.m. -- Call with Universal Cable Productions to discuss new season of "Suits"
3 p.m.-3:30 p.m. -- Business affairs call to discuss series orders
3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. -- Meeting to discuss marketing plans, promos, digital strategy for fourth-quarter event series "Dig"
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. -- Call with Sean Jablonski creator of new drama "Satisfaction"
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. -- Call with Jackie de Crinis [exec VP-original programming, USA] to discuss new development projects
6:50 p.m. -- Head out to see Dule Hill in "After Midnight"
Joseph Abruzzese, President, Ad Sales, Discovery Communications
Wed. May 14
6:30 a.m. --
8:00 a.m. -- Arrive at the office
8:05 a.m. -- Daily call with David Zaslav, president-CEO Discovery Communications
8:30 a.m. -- Breakfast meeting with Kris Magel, exec VP and director-national broadcast, Initiative
10 a.m. -- Finance meeting with Bobby Voltaggio, senior VP-ad sales revenue and planning
11 a.m. -- Meeting with Scott Felenstein, exec VP-national ad sales, and Sharon O'Sullivan, exec VP-national ad sales, to discuss upfront strategy
12:30 p.m. -- Lunch with the Advertising Club winner
2 p.m. -- Callbacks (with Keith Turner, Bill Koenigsberg)
3 p.m. -- Daily walkabout on office floor checking in on staff
3:30 p.m. -- Call with Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau President-CEO Sean Cunningham to discuss upcoming meeting (Joe is on the board of directors for CAB)
4 p.m. -- Meeting with Henry Schleiff, group president of ID, Destination America, AHC and Discovery Fit & Health, to discuss integration opportunities for ID daytime programming
5 p.m. -- Daily call to check in on regional offices (LA, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta)
6:30 p.m. -- Appointment with tailor to pick out fabric for new shirts
7 p.m. -- Dinner with daughters Ali and Melissa
Frances Berwick, President, Bravo and Oxygen Media
Tuesday, April 22
a.m. -- Breakfast at The London at Maze by Gordon Ramsay with Jeff
Gaspin – producer of "Online Dating Rituals of the American
9:45 a.m.-10 a.m. -- Stop by conference room 1479 to see Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer of "The Real Housewives of New York City" who are in the office for press interviews.
10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. -- One-on-One with Rod Aissa, senior VP-original programming and development, Oxygen Media
11 a.m.-12 p.m. -- Oxygen rebrand/creative meeting with Bonnie Hammer, chairman, cable entertainment at NBC Universal; Ellen Stone, exec VP, marketing at Bravo and Oxygen Media; Jane Olson, senior VP-marketing and brand strategy at Oxygen Media; and Liz Mahaffey, exec VP-brand strategy for cable entertainment, NBC Universal
12 p.m.-12:30 p.m. -- TCA planning meeting with Jennifer Geisser, senior VP-communications, Bravo and Oxygen Media
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. -- Oxygen production meeting
1:30 p.m.-2 p.m. -- Bravo marketing meeting to approve upfront reels with Ellen Stone, exec VP-marketing, Bravo and Oxygen Media; Maria Deluca, senior VP-consumer and trade marketing, Bravo Media
2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. -- One-on-One with Kimberly Tingler, VP-human resources, Bravo and Oxygen Media
3 p.m.-6 p.m. -- Bravo development off-site