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Game Changers: Kim Carver

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Carver keeps family, and the beach, close to her heart.
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Kim Carver
Altitude Sports and Entertainment | President and CEO

K
im Carver got her first taste of what it takes to work in the television and sports industry when she was in high school, working as a production assistant for her father’s sports production company. “I worked hard; sometimes I worked until 3 or 4 in the morning,” she said. “There was no, ‘Oh, you’re a girl’ or ‘Oh, you’re my daughter,’ and I really appreciated that.”
 
Today, Carver is president and CEO of Denver-based RSN Altitude Sports and Entertainment. She has under her belt the launch of 10 networks throughout her career, including the first network dedicated to a single college athletic conference, The Mtn.

Her background has notable international work as well. Carver graduated from the University of Denver on a Saturday in 1991; the following Tuesday, she was on a plane bound for Star TV in Hong Kong, embarking on what would become a 15-year international career with stops in Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore.

This summer, in addition to her work with Altitude, Carver was named president and CEO of the World Fishing Network, allowing her to further put her stamp on the industry.

“I consider myself incredibly fortunate,” she said. “I know a lot of people haven’t been able to marry their passion with their paycheck like I have.”

— Stephanie Brown

  • Crowning professional achievement: Launching a number of networks. It’s a unique experience to launch a network.
  • Biggest professional disappointment: The Mtn. closed its doors the 31st of May, 2012, and watching that network die was horrific. We didn’t get full distribution, and we had teams leaving to go to other conferences. I left in December of 2011, but I loved the network and I loved the people, and it’s just crushing to see something like that happen.
  • Best advice you’ve received: I used to say all the time, “Television is who I am,” and at some point, somebody said, “Television isn’t who you are, it’s what you do.”
  • What would you, at age 18, find surprising about the person you’ve become today?: That I can actually read, use, stick to and beat a budget. Nothing nicer than looking at the monthly financials and seeing you beat your number.
  • The biggest challenge I face working in the sports business is …: Politics. I hate them and I’m not good at them. I’m a pretty open person and I will work with anyone, anytime, on anything, but if I have to play politics, I hate it.

“I worked with Kim when she was GM of the Mountain West Network. Through all of the challenges presented by the disruption in college athletics, Kim kept everything in perspective, dug in, and plowed through it with a positive spirit and necessary toughness and focus to get the job done. Many others I have worked with would have run for the hills (and they’re beautiful in Denver), yet Kim hung in there and ran the Mountain West Network as if it was her own.”

— Ray Warren | EVP and chief revenue officer |
NBC Sports Regional Networks

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