The results are in for round one of voting and now it’s time to kick off round two.
Below is the updated tournament bracket and new voting matchups for FierceVideo’s reader poll to determine the most powerful person in the U.S. video industry. The full results of the first round of voting are here.
For each of the next three business days and over the weekend, we’re going to run a new round of voting, and by next week we’ll announce the winner. We’re using Polldaddy.com for the actual voting, and repeated voting is prohibited with a block to cookies and IP addresses.
Out of all the first-round matchups, T-Mobile’s Jeff Binder vs. Viacom’s Bob Bakish drew the most attention. Binder advanced to the second round after claiming more than 70% of the votes in the first round. Now Binder will face a strong opponent in Disney CEO Bob Iger.
Just behind the Binder vs. Bakish matchup in terms of response was Hulu’s Randy Freer vs. Altice USA’s Dexter Goei. Freer captured nearly 78% of the votes in that matchup, and now he’ll move onto the second round to take on WarnerMedia’s John Stankey.
Other matchups to watch in the second round of voting will be National Amusements’ Shari Redstone taking on Netflix’s Reed Hastings, YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki taking on Amazon Studio’s Jennifer Salke, and Comcast’s Brian Roberts taking on Discovery Inc.’s David Zaslav.
We hope you’re having as much fun with this feature as we are. Make sure to tune in throughout the week to vote and keep up with the competition. And follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the competition. — Ben | @fierce__video
Reed Hastings: As CEO of Netflix, Hastings oversees the biggest subscription streaming service in the U.S. along with a growing international business.
Bob Iger: As CEO of Disney, Iger runs a diverse company that includes hugely popular cable and broadcast networks, studios and franchises.
Brian Roberts: As CEO of Comcast, Roberts is at the head of the most powerful cable company in the U.S. and a massive media conglomerate.
John Donovan: As CEO of ATT Communications, Donovan runs DirecTV, the biggest U.S. pay TV provider and home of one of the biggest virtual MVPDs.
John Stankey: As CEO of WarnerMedia, Stankey runs HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. along with the subscription streaming service coming in late 2019.
Jennifer Salke: As head of Amazon Studios, Salke runs the content arm of one of the biggest and most well-financed subscription streaming services in the U.S.
Tom Rutledge: As CEO of Charter, Rutledge leads one of the biggest cable operators in the U.S.
Charlie Ergen: As chairman at Dish Network, Ergen guides the second biggest satellite TV operator in the U.S. and the biggest virtual MVPD.
Joe Ianniello: As acting CEO of CBS, Ianniello has assumed the reins at a major broadcaster and a streaming empire including CBS All Access.
Steve Burke: As CEO of NBCUniversal, Burke runs a media conglomerate amassing networks, studios and streaming platforms.
Randy Freer: As CEO of Hulu, Freer runs the third largest streaming company in the U.S. and an up-and-coming virtual MVPD.
Susan Wojcicki: As CEO of YouTube, Wojcicki is in charge of the biggest ad-supported video platform, a fast-growing vMVPD, an original content lineup and more.
Rupert Murdoch: As executive chairman at 21st Century Fox, Murdoch is the key figure at a transitioning media empire with big transactions underway.
David Zaslav: As CEO of Discovery Inc., Zaslav runs a vast cable network empire encompassing Discovery and the recently acquired Scripps.
Jeff Binder: As executive vice president of home and entertainment at T-Mobile, Binder is at the forefront of T-Mobile’s much-anticipated move into pay TV.
Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg: As heads of worldwide video programming at Apple, Erlicht and Van Amburg are the brains behind Apple’s big push into original programming.
Shari Redstone: As president at National Amusements, Redstone runs a media empire with controlling interests in CBS and Showtime.
Bob Bakish: As CEO of Viacom, Bakish is leading the still-nascent resurgence of a once-mighty cable network group and studio system.
Makan Delrahim: As assistant attorney general of the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Justice Department, Delrahim is a top anticompetitiveness watchdog and a key figure in the DOJ’s challenge of the ATT-Time Warner merger.
Ajit Pai: As chairman of the FCC, Pai is a deciding factor in many of the most impactful rules and regulations that touch the media and entertainment industry.
Mark Zuckerberg: As CEO of Facebook, Zuckerberg is helping to drive video platform innovations and fuel a growing original video content machine.
Dexter Goei: As CEO of Altice USA, Goei oversees one of the U.S.’ largest cable operators and a growing advanced advertising business.
Josh Sapan: As CEO of AMC Networks, Sapan runs some of the top cable networks in the U.S. and a handful of growing subscription streaming services.
Chris Ripley: As CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Ripley runs a major U.S. broadcasting group with more than 200 television stations nationwide.
Tom Leighton: As CEO of Akamai, Leighton sits at the head of a key U.S. provider of CDN services and video technologies.
Marvin Edwards: As CEO of Commscope, Edwards runs a big network infrastructure provider in the process of buying major pay TV supplier ARRIS.