Executive Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing
Steve Smith heads-up all of Outdoor Channel’s affiliate sales efforts, including directing the network’s local teams and working directly with distribution partners. He has had one of the most well rounded and successful careers in the cable industry. He co-founded and led the development efforts at start-up MAVTV (originally known as Maverick Television) as Chief Operating Officer, exceeding industry expectations and achieving distribution approaching 40 million homes, leading to the successful sale of the network. He also spent fifteen years with Showtime, where he negotiated the majority of the premium network’s largest carriage agreements. He began his career with Southern Satellite, Inc., where he successfully implemented distribution agreements for WTBS. Thereafter, he led the sales efforts of Tempo Television Network (later to become CNBC), doubling the network’s distribution in less than two years, increasing its asset value and facilitating its profitable sale to NBC. Steve is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.