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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken Wings
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Know Something, Do Something, Be Something.

Birthplace

Born:
7/3/1954
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken Wings
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Know Something, Do Something, Be Something.

Birthplace

Born:
7/3/1954
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

Television executive Douglas V. Holloway was born in 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He grew up in the inner-city Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. In 1964, Holloway was part of the early busing of black youth into white neighborhoods to integrate Pittsburgh schools. In 1972, he entered Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts as a journalism major. Then, in 1974, Holloway transferred to Emerson College, and graduated from there in 1975 with his B.S. degree in mass communications and television production. In 1978, he received his M.B.A. from Columbia University with an emphasis in marketing and finance.

Holloway was first hired in a marketing position with General Foods (later Kraft Foods). He soon moved into the television and communications world, and joined the financial strategic planning team at CBS in 1980. While there, Holloway became interested in the new field of cable television, and helped to develop the CBS Cable project. From 1982 to 1983, he served as the National Accounts Manager for Time, Inc.’s TV-Cable Week Magazine. He began working at USA Networks in 1983 and developed their affiliate relations program, becoming the president of the department in 1998. When NBC purchased USA Networks in 2004, Holloway was named president of cable investments and managed the joint venture companies of NBC, including AETN, Shop NBC, Peacock Productions, Weather Plus, and National Geographic International. From 2009 to 2011, he served as a corporate advisor to American Express and America One/One World Sports; and, in 2011, he became the president of multichannel distribution at ION Media Networks, Inc.

Holloway received the National Cable Television Association’s Vanguard Award for Marketing in 1997. He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, and was named one of Black Enterprise’s Top Ten Most Powerful Blacks in Hollywood in 2007. Holloway was named as one of Crain’s 40 Under 40, and has received both Columbia University’s Alumni Heritage Award and Emerson College’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition, he has been a trustee of Emerson College since 2002, is a member of the New York chapter of the Boule, and is a member of the Westchester Clubmen Foundation.

Douglas V. Holloway was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 13, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Douglas Holloway's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Douglas Holloway lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Douglas Holloway describes his mother and maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Douglas Holloway describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Douglas Holloway describes his parents' unusual relationship and how they met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Douglas Holloway remembers being featured on the children's television series, 'Romper Room,' at four years old
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Douglas Holloways describes the racial demographic in his childhood neighborhood on the north side of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Douglas Holloway describes living with his mother, grandmother, three uncles, and cousins together in his Pittsburgh home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Douglas Holloway recalls the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood Pittsburgh neighborhood and holiday seasons
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Douglas Holloway describes building his family's summer home in Cockerton, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Douglas Holloway lists the elementary and high schools he attended
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Douglas Holloway talks briefly about his extended maternal family ancestry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Douglas Holloway describes his experience being bullied and fighting at Belmar Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Douglas Holloway explains why his mother elected to have him bused, and describes his experience at Sterrett Classical Academy in Point Breeze, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Douglas Holloway talks about the influence of the Civil Rights Movement in his home life, and describes delivering papers and developing work ethic
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Douglas Holloway remembers the real-life Pittsburgh influences for August Wilson's 1983 play, 'Fences'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Douglas Holloway talks about numbers runners
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Douglas Holloway talks about the influence of the Presbyterian faith in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Douglas Holloway describes skiing in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Douglas Holloway describes the social consequences of busing, and remembers the race riots in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Douglas Holloway describes the gradient of political opinions within his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Douglas Holloway talks about his childhood interests in arts and entertainment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Douglas Holloway describes Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and talks about his experience at Taylor Allerdice High School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Douglas Holloway describes Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and talks about his experience at Taylor Allerdice High School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Douglas Holloway talks about being threatened at gunpoint
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Douglas Holloway talks about his undergraduate experience at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Douglas Holloway talks about racial demographics and discrimination in Boston's college communities, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Douglas Holloway talks about his roommate, the descendant of a black gangster family in Philadelphia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Douglas Holloway talks about his transfer to Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Douglas Holloway and remembers a racially-motivated altercation at Faneuil Hall
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Douglas Holloway describes the racial violence he experienced as a student at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Douglas Holloway describes meeting HistoryMaker Peter Bynoe working in the Boston Black Repertory Theatre
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Douglas Holloway talks about getting career advice from television executive Eugene Lothery and deciding to enter the television industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Douglas Holloway describes being accepted into the MBA program at Columbia University in New York, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Douglas Holloway describes being accepted into the MBA program at Columbia University in New York, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Douglas Holloway describes instructing an FCC licensing course at the Rev. Dr. Leon Sullivan's Opportunities Industrialization Center [OIC] in Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Douglas Holloway describes producing a multimedia bicentennial special on blacks in Pittsburgh in 1976
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Douglas Holloway talks about his independent study in the Riverside Church jazz radio station, and joining General Foods in consumer marketing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Douglas Holloway describes his experience as a student in the MBA program at Columbia University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Douglas Holloway describes his tenure at General Foods in brand management
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Douglas Holloway lists other African Americans in General Foods' corporate office
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Douglas Holloway explains why he missed his final sign off interview with the NBC network's Associates' Program due to a snowstorm
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Douglas Holloway explains how he got hired into the finance department at CBS and describes his tenure at the network
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Douglas Holloway describes the projects he worked on at CBS, and the climate of the broadcasting industry in the early 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Douglas Holloway describes the development of the CBS cable network and his entrance into television programming
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Douglas Holloway describes working in affiliate cable sales for CBS in 1980
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Douglas Holloway talks about joining TV Cable Week at Time, Inc., and the introduction of the broadcast and print weekly television guide
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Douglas Holloway explains how the conflict between Time Inc.'s publishing and video companies destroyed TV Cable Week
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Douglas Holloway talks about the launch of the USA network, and joining affiliate relations at USA
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Douglas Holloway lists executives involved in the sale of the USA Network to Paramount and Universal
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Douglas Holloway explains how he became vice president of affiliate relations at the USA network
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Douglas Holloway talks about the launch of the USA network's competitor TNT, and being dropped from Jones Intercable cable operator
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Douglas Holloway describes the success of "target marketing" and original programming production for the USA network
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Douglas Holloway talks about declining a job with Ted Turner at CNN
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Douglas Holloway describes launching the Sci-Fi Channel in 1992
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Douglas Holloway explains how the Cable Act of 1994 threatened the growth of the SyFy channel
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Douglas Holloway describes how he entertains and charms his clients
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Douglas Holloway talks about African American executives in cable and television from the early 1990s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Douglas Holloway talks about the development of original programming at the USA network, and the sale of USA to Vivendi Universal Entertainment
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Douglas Holloway describes the USA Network, Inc. under the leadership of Barry Diller
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Douglas Holloway describes being harassed by new executives after the acquisition of USA by Vivendi Universal Entertainment
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Douglas Holloway talks about the sale of Universal to NBC in 2004 when NBC merged with Vivendi Universal Entertainment
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Douglas Holloway explains why he left NBCUniversal in 2009
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Douglas Holloway explains how he was appointed president of multichannel distribution at ION Media Networks, Inc., pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Douglas Holloway explains how he was appointed president of multichannel distribution at ION Media Networks, Inc., pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Douglas Holloway talks about competition between contemporary cable channels and systems
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Douglas Holloway describes cable channels and systems of the future
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Douglas Holloway talks about his affiliation with the National Association of Minorities in Cable [NAMIC] and the lower earnings of minority executives
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Douglas Holloway talks about screening programming at USA, and representation of African Americans in media and the telecommunications industry
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  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Douglas Holloway describes his concerns about bias and discrimination in contemporary America
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Douglas Holloway talks about being denied phantom stock and the discrepancies between the earnings of executives in public vs. private companies
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Douglas Holloway describes USA Network founding president Kay Koplovitz's leadership
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Douglas Holloway describes what he would like his legacy to be and how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Douglas Holloway describes what he would like for his sons to know about him
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Douglas Holloway describes how he would hypothetical title his memoir