SBJ/Sept. 9-15, 2013/Game Changers
Game Changers: Jennifer Chun
Published September 9, 2013, Page 39A
A top lieutenant of Melinda Witmer, Chun is one of Time Warner Cable’s leading negotiators. She’s the gatekeeper that sports networks need to get past if they want carriage on the country’s second-biggest cable operator. Chun handles Time Warner Cable’s relationships with sports properties, and in addition to CBS and Fox, she oversees negotiations with Turner’s networks and all regional sports networks outside of Comcast and ESPN.
“I’m coming off a pretty long stretch here,” Chun said. “It is a pretty intense place to be right now.”
Ironically, Chun got her start in the business working with Fox’s affiliate group. She said the differences between working for a programmer and working for a distributor are considerable. “When you’re on the programmer side, especially now as the industry has consolidated so much, you have a handful of relationships that are the vast majority of your revenue,” Chun said. “When you’re on the distributor side, every relationship that you have matters, no matter how big or small.”
- Crowning professional achievement: I’m proud of having been asked to take on more responsibility pretty quickly in each of the professional positions I’ve had to date.
- Person who had the biggest influence on your career in sports: My husband. I grew up a casual sports fan, but my husband is a pretty hard-core, superstitious fan of almost every major pro and college sport out there. He turned me into a bigger and more appreciative fan of sports generally.
- What would you, at age 18, find surprising about the person you’ve become today?: That I’m on the East Coast. I’m a West Coast girl, and always will be.
“Jennifer is an intellectual powerhouse and has one of the finest legal minds I’ve ever come across. Like other women I’ve come to know well in our industry, she’s a skillful negotiator but is guided by an incredibly strong moral compass. It was a privilege to work side by side with her at Fox for many years.”