President, Content Distribution and Corporate Business Development
Focus Areas: Distribution
Previous Speaking Engagements: NAB – Panel – Retransmission Consent, The Cable Show
Tonia O’Connor serves as President, Content Distribution and Corporate Business Development for Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America. In this role, Ms. O’Connor leads and directs all distribution sales and marketing efforts for the Company’s television networks and stations, working closely with the leading cable, satellite and telecommunications operators. She drives a comprehensive, companywide strategy for the distribution of Univision’s video content across all screens, including online and mobile. Under her leadership, the Distribution team creates, implements and monitors the necessary business rules, protocols and decision making processes to ensure the Company maximizes its growth opportunity in an ever changing and complex world of content distribution.
Ms. O’Connor joined Univision in January 2008 as executive vice president of Distribution Sales and Marketing. Prior to Univision, she spent 13 years at Gemstar TV Guide, where she served as executive vice president of Distribution. Prior to that, she served as executive vice president, Affiliate Sales & Marketing and served as senior vice president of National Accounts for TV Guide Affiliate Sales. Ms. O’Connor held various positions within Affiliate Sales and Marketing since joining Gemstar TV Guide in 1994 starting first in the cable and satellite publishing division. During her tenure at Gemstar TV Guide she was responsible for negotiating complex technology and intellectual property agreements as well as programming deals. She also played an integral role in the growth of Gemstar TV Guide’s networks and defining the strategy of the company. Ms. O’Connor began her career in the telecommunications industry, serving in sales and marketing positions at Bell South and Advanced Telecom Services.
She is supportive of industry organizations currently serving on the executive committee of the T Howard Foundation. She is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications and previously served on the board of Cable Positive. She has received multiple awards and recognitions including appearing on CableFax’s Top 100 in 2011 and CableFax’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Cable in 2012. She also appeared in The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 in 2012. In 2011, Ms. O’Connor received a Wonder Women award by Multichannel News and was honored with the 2011 Moves magazine Power Woman award. She received the Liberty Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications in 2005.
Ms. O’Connor holds degrees in broadcast journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and in international relations from the Maxwell School of Public Citizenship and Affairs. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children.