Focus Areas: Distribution
Previous Speaking Engagements: NAB – Panel – Retransmission Consent, The Cable Show
Tonia O’Connor serves as chief commercial officer and president of Content Distribution for Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), reporting directly to the CEO. In this role, O’Connor drives the Company’s content distribution efforts across all screens, including online and mobile. She leads UCI’s Enterprise Development efforts to expand its content availability and licensing revenue by securing key partnerships and new business models with both traditional and emerging content distributors.
O’ Connor also led the creation of the company’s first over the top English-language digital network, Flama, the Univision Creator Network and has worked with other key leaders across UCI to coordinate joint ventures and investments in new businesses. Her most recent accomplishment is leading the launch of UCI’s direct to consumer subscription video service, Univision NOW. O’Connor also helped lead the launch of and continues to sponsor UCI’s Women’s Leadership Council, an employee resource group designed to advance women across the Company and prepare the next generation of women leaders.
O’Connor joined UCI in January 2008 as executive vice president of Distribution Sales and Marketing. She has played a key role as the Company expanded its portfolio from three networks to 17 broadcast, cable and digital networks and partnerships, as well as developed its digital distribution and content windowing strategy for SVOD and TV Everywhere. Prior to that she spent 13 years at Gemstar TV Guide, where she served as executive vice president of Distribution. Before that, she served as executive vice president, Affiliate Sales & Marketing and served as senior vice president of National Accounts for TV Guide Affiliate Sales. 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. O’Connor began her career in the telecommunications industry, serving in sales and marketing positions.
She is supportive of industry organizations and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications and the executive committee of the board for the T. Howard Foundation. O’Connor has received multiple awards and recognitions including the Liberty Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications in 2005, appeared on CableFax’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Cable in 2005 and 2006, as well as every year from 2008-2014, and the magazine’s Top 100 annually beginning in 2008. In 2011, she received a Wonder Women award by Multichannel News and was honored with the 2011 Moves Magazine Power Woman award. O’Connor was also named as one of Cynopsis’ Most Intriguing People in 2013, and featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 in 2012 and 2013. She is also a director on the board of El Rey Network, a cable network started by filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez.
O’Connor graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a dual major in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science.