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'MCN' Announces '40 Under 40' Class

The editors of Multichannel News have announced the 2015 class of “40 under 40,” who will be honored in a special report in the magazine on Monday, July 27.

MCN has been selecting “40 under 40” classes of executives in cable TV and related industries since 2006, each group highlighting 40 new names to know in media, telecommunications and, increasingly, new areas of content production.

The 2015 class, in alphabetical order, is:

ILAN BEN-HANAN, Vice President, College Sports Programming, ESPN.

ALDEN BUDILL, Vice President of Distribution Strategy, Discovery Communications.

ALBERT DAHAN, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Metrological. 

LYDIA DALY, Vice President of Social Media Activations and Earned Media, Viacom Velocity.

BRIAN EADS, Director, Video Operations, Viamedia.

BENJAMIN (BJ) ELIAS, Senior Vice President, Distribution, Fox Networks.

BORIS FELTS, Vice President, Products and Solutions, Envivio.

JOHANNA FUENTES, Senior Vice President, Corporate Public Relations, Showtime Networks Inc.

DAVID GEORGE, President, Leftfield Entertainment.

KATHERINE GESSNER, Sales and Marketing Manager, MCTV.

JEFF GOLDMAN, Chief Business Officer, 3 Ball Entertainment.

KIM GRANITO, Vice President, Integrated Marketing, IFC.

ANGELICA GUERRA, Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Production for Latin America and U.S. Hispanic, Sony Pictures Television.

ROB HOLMES, Vice President, Advanced Advertising Product & Strategy, Comcast Cable.

MARIKA KELDERMAN, Director, Marketing Strategy and Partnerships, Travel Channel.

HEATHER KIM, Senior Art Director, Troika.


ROCCO LAURENZANO, Senior Vice President, Change Management; Time Warner Cable.

SHIRA LAZAR, Co-Founder, CEO, Host, What’s Trending.

TIM MACGREGOR, Senior Director of Product Strategy & Management, Clearleap.

MATTHEW MANCINELLI, Chief Executive Officer, Mance Media.

ARI MARK, CEO, Co-Founder Ample LLC.

PATRICIA ESTRADA MARTIN, Vice President of Field Engineering & Operations, Cox Communications.

KATHLEEN MCCAFFREY, Director, HBO Original Series.

DARREN MELAMETH, Senior Vice President, Program Planning and Acquisitions, Crown Media Family Networks.

LOGAN MULVEY, Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution, Alchemy.

COLIN NASH, Senior Vice President, MTV Reality Series Development.

PAUL PASTOR, Executive Vice President of Network Strategy, Revenue and Operations, Discovery Channel.

TIM PASTORE, President, Original Programming and Production, National Geographic Channel U.S.

DAVID RAPSON, Director, Content Partnerships, Layer3 TV.

BIRK RAWLINGS, Head of DreamWorksTV.

SHARON RECHTER, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Distribution, BabyFirst.

ELENA RITCHIE, Vice President of TV Product Development and Strategy, Digital Distribution, NBCUniversal Content Distribution.

JONATHAN SKOGMO, Founder and CEO, Jukin Media.

TODD C. SMITH, Executive Director, Media Relations, Cox Communications. 

DAN WEINSTEIN, President, Founding Partner, Collective Digital Studio.

JONATHAN WEITZ, Partner, IBB Consulting Group.

JT WHITE, Vice President, Product, Furious Corp.

DANA S. WILSON, Vice President of Customer Experience, Comcast Cable.

TANIA YUKI, Founder and CEO, Shareablee.

Kent has been a journalist, writer and editor at Multichannel News since 1994 and with Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He is a good point of contact for anything editorial at the publications and for Before joining Multichannel News he had been a newspaper reporter with publications including The Washington Times, The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal and North County News.