In his role as President of Time Warner Cable Networks and Time Warner Cable Sports, David Rone oversees all content creation and programming for the company as well as the company’s overall sports strategy. His purview includes Time Warner Cable’s portfolio of programming assets and networks including the owned and operated regional sports networks, Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes, Time Warner Cable’s 40 local news, sports and lifestyle channels, and the company’s 50 Local On Demand channels across the country.
Mr. Rone represents Time Warner Cable’s interests in SportsNet LA, the new regional television network of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and SportsNet New York (SNY), the official television home of the New York Mets, and also serves on SNY’s board of directors. In addition, he leads the coordination of the company’s sports sponsorship and marketing initiatives and is involved in fostering relationships with sports leagues, conferences, teams, programming providers and others to enhance Time Warner Cable’s sports products.
Mr. Rone has deep experience in all facets of the media and sports businesses and previously worked for Evolution Media Capital (EMC), a boutique investment banking firm for the media and sports industries formed in partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA). As part of the firm’s sports media advisory leadership team, he provided strategic analysis, valuation and negotiation of media rights and regional sports network planning and operational strategy for the firm’s clients, which include, among others, professional sports leagues, teams, international governing bodies and college conferences.
Prior to joining EMC, he served as co-head of CAA Sports, which represents more than 1000 of the world’s top athletes and sports professionals and advises many leading sports organizations. Previously, Mr. Rone spent eight years as an executive at Fox Sports culminating in his role as Executive Vice President of Fox Sports Networks and General Manager for Fox College Sports. Before joining Fox in 1999, he spent nine years in various roles at the Walt Disney Co., most recently as Vice President, Business Development for Corporate Alliances. Mr. Rone started his Disney career as an attorney and business executive for the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group.
Mr. Rone is a member of the Board of Directors of the L.A. Sports & Entertainment Commission and The Northwestern Law Board. In addition, he serves on the Executive Committee of the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business’ Sports Business Institute and as a member of the Advisory Board of the New York Mets. Mr. Rone is a trustee of Tufts Universityand also serves as chairman of the board of advisors for the university’s School of Arts and Sciences.
In recognition of his work launching the Time Warner Cable Sports brand, he was one of four recipients of PromaxBDA’s Brand Builder Award, which recognizes marketing and promotions executives for building leading companies and creating exceptional brand recognition. From 2012 – 2014, he has been named to the CableFAX 100, which lists the most influential leaders in the cable industry on a national level. The same publication also named him to its list of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable in 2012 and 2013 and as the top regional executive in 2011. Mr. Rone was honored by Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News as a 2014 Multicultural TV Leader. He has also been named to the list of the “50 Most Powerful African-Americans in Sports” by Black Enterprise and as one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” by Sports Illustrated.
Mr. Rone, who lives in Manhattan Beach, CA, received a B.A. in economics from Tufts University and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. He was elected to the Tufts Board of Trustees in 2010.
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