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Marianne Paskowski

Belated Valentine’s Day to NBCU’s Doug Holloway

February 15, 2007 1:25 PM

Wow! Just got my paws on the list of the “Top 10 Most Powerful Blacks in Hollywood,” to be published in the March issue of Black Enterprise which hits the news stands Feb. 21. Coming in at number seven is Douglas V. Holloway, President, Cable Investments, NBC Universal Cable.

He’s certainly keeping good company here. At the top of the list, no surprise is Oprah Winfrey, followed by Richard Parsons, Time Warner Inc’s chairman & CEO. Elsewhere on the list, also no surprise here, are household names like Magic Johnson, Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, Will Smith and Tyra Banks.

So glad to see Holloway, who I’ve known for eons, make the cut. So let’s congratulate our friend for his well deserved award by sharing our favorite “Douglas” stories. I have many, but my most recent is a breakfast date at the Princeton Club that went amuck that brutally frigid Monday after the Super Bowl.

What few people know about Holloway is that family comes before anything. His son had taken ill that morning, and being the great father that he is, he rushed him to the doctor, totally forgetting about me. He called later that morning expressing profuse apologies. But it was OK, we caught up later. I admire how he has always been there to help me understand the never dull cable business.

So congrats to our pal and let’s hear some other tales about a guy who takes the time and enjoys mentoring one and all.


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Jeff Mulligan:


Interesting comment on your part. Although I haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting Doug, I'm sure he's a great guy, on your say-so, at least. Everyone on that list has to be a high-powered player.

Someday, one hopes in a not-too-distant future, a person's race will not be particularly remarkable when the encomiums are dispensed. The stars will be stars on the merits, no asterisks needed alongside anybody's name.


It's great to see one of the true greats in our business gets some well-deserved recognition. I have too many Holloway stories to print....but will tell you.. he is one of my heros.

Marianne Paskowski:

We never think of race when it comes to Doug. But he has been, and still is a champion among minorities, all, including women of all colors.


Marianne Paskowski:

You and I have shared many great dinners with Doug. Some so rowdy, we almost got kicked out of some restaurant in Chicago, about 10 of us. He smoothed the way, apologizing for our overly boisterous merriment.

Thanks for weighing in,

Fabulous news! I can't think of a more deserving person.

I joined CTAM in April of 97 from the MSO world and had known Douglas well as one of our most responsive affiliate reps. Planning was almost done for the annual conference and I was delighted to find that Douglas was co-chair.

We were in Orlando in July, not the easiest market, and Douglas along with Kate McEnroe provided the creativity and guidance we needed to make the conference a success. It was a pleasure to work with him when we were both in different roles.

Douglas went on to chair CTAM a few years later, and was a wonderful leader and guide through the challenges we all face.

It's great to see him get the recognition that he's earned.

Marianne Paskowski:

Oh we all hated being in Orlando in Florida but Douglas and Katie made for a lively show, especially that great night at the theme park.

Thanks for reminding me,


Jeff, I like your bright outlook. Unfortunately i do not expect race and sex not to be an issue in my lifetime. I would love to be proven wrong. My dad once said this to me when I was a young man , he died last year at 89 and never saw your world. i am sad that he did not live to relish this however.

I do hope to meet you one day.

To everyone else, we really have now another reason for a rowdy dinner, my treat!

Marianne Paskowski:

First of all, I'm sorry to hear about your father, didn't know. And unfortunately I share your take on race and sex. There are a lot of narrow-mind people in this world. I just hope Obama proves them all wrong and becomes our next president.

Congrats again,

P.S. and count in in for another rowdy dinner with the group, you all know who you are!

Jeff Mulligan:


Thanks for your thoughtful note, albeit one of greater pessimism than I'll embrace. Because of people of accomplishment like you, people of appreciation like Marianne and the many others happy about your news, and the masses whose goodwill will follow you leaders, my "bright outlook" remains ever shining. What options do we have, as individuals and a society, other than to work for our dreams?

Go get 'em, Doug.


Marianne Paskowski:

Well said Jeff.


Leave us not forget that Doug is also one of the Most Powerful Grads of Pittsburgh's Taylor Allderdice High School. In case you were curious, Doug's reputation as a good guy goes way, way back.


Marianne Paskowski:

Thanks for letting us know.


Thank you for letting me know about this great honor for Doug. He certainly is deserving of the acknowledgment.

My first AND MOST LASTING impression of Doug is that he is a man of integrity and honor. He has always impressed me as a person who stands for principles and is not willing to accept anything less then your best work. I am clear that he lives his own life by the standards that he expects from others.

Congratulations are in order!

Joe Schramm

Marianne Paskowski:


Welcome back from holiday, and thanks for commenting, you must be jet lagged. I am bummed that many of his friends, who I personally emailed about his award, and in particular members of the black TV community did not bother to congratulate him publicly.

Douglas said earlier, and later to me, that he never in his lifetime expecs to see equality among blacks and whites. I hope he's wrong.

Where are all the NAMIC (National Association of Minorities in Cable) members here. You should be embarrassed. He mentored you all for years.

So Joe, for now that's the lay of the land,


Frank Gelman:

Doug & I have never worked together, but are both Emerson College alumni. I have had the pleasure of breaking bread with Doug on several occasions and also a few quick drinks in NY & Boston. He is as straight a shooter as you will find and he is deserving of any ackknowledgements that can be bestowed upon him. Hats off to a great guy!

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Frank,
And thanks for weighing in. We are all so proud of our friend and his well deserved kudos.


I'm a new Emerson Alumni and a few months back Doug's accomplishments were posted on the Emerson E-Campus page and I immediately shot him an email saying that I was inspired by his accomplishments. As a young African-American male entering the industry a litte later than most, I can honestly say that his advice was solid and we even managed to build somewhat of a rapport over email.......Although it would be awesome to live in a color blind society, its really inspiring to see someone like Doug making strides for people like me who hopes to continue a great tradition.

Marianne Paskowski:

What I love the most about Doug is thathe doesn't suffer fools and calls it like it is. thanks for posting.

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