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NEW YORK, NY (November 21, 2017) — The editors of Multichannel News are pleased to announce the 2018 Women to Watch, part of their annual Wonder Women celebration. These outstanding female executives in media companies at the forefront of multichannel TV and related industries will be honored at the 20th Anniversary Wonder Women Luncheon on Thursday, March 22, 2018, held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. This year’s class of Wonder Women can be seen here.

The Woman to Watch Award is an honor bestowed upon industry professionals whose ongoing contributions are emblematic of the vital role they currently play, as well as their impact on the industry’s future.

The 12 members of the 2018 Women to Watch class are:

Friday Abernethy, Senior Vice President of Content Distribution, Univision Communications, Inc.
Janet Balis, Global Advisory Leader for Media & Entertainment, EY
Johanna Fuentes, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, Showtime Networks Inc.
Roz Ho, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Consumer and Metadata, TiVo
Georgia Juvelis, Senior Vice President, and Co-Head, Corporate Communications, AMC Networks
Jennifer Koester, Director of Telco and Video Distribution Partnerships, Google
Colleen Moraghan, Senior Vice President, Data Solutions, 605
Robyn Polashuk, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Samantha Rose, Vice President, Director, Video Investment, Horizon Media
Michelle Strong, Senior Vice President, Distribution, A+E Networks
Michele Thornton Ghee, Senior Vice President Media Sales, BET Networks/BET Her, A Viacom Company
Julie Unruh, Group Vice President, Programming Financial Operations & Analytics, Charter Communications

“This year’s group of Women to Watch is pushing the boundaries in both personal and professional achievements,” says Mark Robichaux, editorial director, Multichannel News. “It’s a distinct pleasure to honor these accomplished women along with our 2018 class of Wonder Women.”

Tickets for the luncheon, co-sponsored by the New York chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), are on sale now at

Celebrate this year’s Wonder Women and Women to Watch by placing a congratulatory message in the January 29th issue of Multichannel News Wonder Women supplement — which will also be available at the event — and on’s Wonder Women section. Expand your message further to the industry’s leaders by becoming a sponsor of the 20th anniversary event.

For sponsorship or advertising Information, please contact: Charlie Weiss at (212) 378-0478 or

Established in 1999, the annual Wonder Women awards celebration honors cable television and communications’ most powerful female executives who lead by example and action, inspiring others and helping to create new opportunities for future female leaders in the industry. The gala luncheon, co-hosted by the New York chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and featuring prominent TV personalities as presenters, has honored more than 200 women over the years, celebrating their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond. For more information, visit or search for #MCNWW2018 on Twitter and Facebook. Wonder Women is produced by Multichannel News.

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Chelsea Anderson
Assistant Content Producer

Chelsea Anderson has been with Future for two years. She started as an intern with NewBay Media/Multichannel News in 2015. During her time she wrote bylined articles and program reviews as well as helped with research graphics for the magazine. She later became News Assistant for Broadcasting & Cable in 2017 until 2020 when she became Assistant Content Producer. Chelsea graduated from Niagara University in 2016 with a Bachelor's in Communication Studies and a double minor in Writing Studies and Sociology.