The 25 highest-paid executives in the video industry in 2018

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It’s that time of year again when we sift through an avalanche of regulatory filings to find the highest-paid executives.

This year, we’ve split our list in two. FierceVideo’s list focuses on executives within the pay TV and streaming video industry, and FierceWireless’s list will focus on executives within telecom and wireless.

FierceVideo’s list this year was clearly impacted by recent M&A, particularly Disney’s $71.3 billion deal for a big chunk of 21st Century Fox’s business.

As always, some notable names didn’t crack the top 25. Dish Network CEO Erik Carlson (who made about $5.32 million in 2018), Charter CEO Tom Rutledge (who made about $8.15 million in 2018) and Roku CEO Anthony Wood (who made about $8.34 million in 2018) didn’t make the cut, and neither did key Disney executives like CFO Christine McCarthy and Kevin Mayer, chairman of Disney’s direct-to-consumer and international business.

Make sure to revisit the highest-paid executives lists from 2018 and 2017.

 

25. Dexter Goei, CEO, Altice USA

Total compensation (2018): $12,150,232

Total compensation (2017): $53,560,610

Salary: $630,769

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $11,519,463

 

24. Bruce Campbell, Chief Development, Distribution and Legal Officer, Discovery

Total compensation (2018): $12,344,995

Total compensation (2017): $7,756,622

Salary: $1,769,088

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $10,575,907

 

23. Tim Armstrong, Former CEO, Oath

Total compensation (2018): $12,488,942

Total compensation (2017): N/A

Salary: $1,193,750            

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $11,295,192

 

22. K. Guru Gowrappan, CEO, Verizon Media Group

Total compensation (2018): $12,752,938

Total compensation (2017): N/A

Salary: $603,448               

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $12,149,490

 

21. John Donovan, CEO, AT&T Communications

Total compensation (2018): $14,585,867

Total compensation (2017): $15,193,700

Salary: $1,175,000

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $13,410,867

 

20. David Watson, CEO, Comcast Cable

Total compensation (2018): $14,752,999

Total compensation (2017): $11,343,494

Salary: $1,538,914                       

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $13,214,085

 

19. Greg Peters, Chief Product Officer, Netflix

Total compensation (2018): $14,818,589

Total compensation (2017): $9,237,490

Salary: $6,000,000

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $8,818,589

 

18. John Stankey, CEO, WarnerMedia

Total compensation (2018): $16,552,905

Total compensation (2017): $10,094,583

Salary: $2,058,333

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $14,494,572

 

17. David Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President, Comcast

Total compensation (2018): $19,115,476

Total compensation (2017): $17,749,209

Salary: $1,565,133                        

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $17,550,343

 

16. Gerson Zweifach, General Counsel, Fox

Total compensation (2018): $19,393,587

Total compensation (2017): $7,909,604

Salary: $3,000,000

Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $16,393,587

The 25 highest-paid executives in the video industry in 2018

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