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July 30, 2013

USA Network Presidents on Movies, Music & Mentors

Ed note: We'll be featuring profiles of executives named to the 2013 CableFAX 100 and their answers to a series of fun questions. Here's who we ranked as #18.


18 | TAG TEAM

Chris McCumber
Title: Co-President, USA Network
Education: BA, Government & Law, Lafayette College
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Make excellence an everyday habit.
 

Apple or Samsung: Apple, of course, but I love my Samsung HDTVs.

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones: The Clash

The one thing I’d do differently if I could go back to high school: Take my wife Kirsten to the prom.

Favorite decade: This one

I consider this person my mentor, and here’s why: Bonnie Hammer, for teaching me how to lead and create a culture of excellence.

On a Saturday afternoon, you can find me... playing the drums.

The other subject I wish I’d picked for my college major: Psychology

The movie that should never be remade: Goodfellas

Celebrity, sports figure or politician I’d most want to have dinner with: Keith Moon

Dish I can make and that would impress a celebrity chef: Seared pepper-encrusted Ahi tuna with Thai basil curry sauce.

Favorite vacation spot: Martha’s Vineyard

Jeff Wachtel
Title: Co-President,USA Networkand Co-head,Original Content, Universal Cable Productions
Number of Years in Cable: 15
Education: BA, Yale University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Only do what only you can do.

On a Saturday afternoon, you can find me… that’s the whole point of a Saturday—you can’t find me!

Film fest or music festival: One word: Coachella!

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones: The Beatles are more like Sandy Koufax—didn’t last as long, but burned more brightly.

The movie that should never be remade: On The Waterfront

My favorite Cable Show memory: Watching the final episode of “Monk”—with 10 million other people!

The TV show title that most resembles my life is: “Graceland” ■

EDITOR'S NOTE: Read the rest of the 2013 CableFAX 100 profiles here.







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