General Manager, Programming
Thea Ellis leads the acquisition and renewal of key entertainment networks for DISH, securing multi-platform distribution rights for the company’s satellite TV service and Sling TV, its over-the-top television service. In this role, she oversees relationships with major programming providers.
Thea joined DISH’s programming team in 2012 and was one of 100 employees nationwide to earn the company’s prestigious Distinguished Service Award the following year. In 2014, Thea secured an influential, multi-year distribution agreement with Scripps Networks Interactive that included digital rights for Sling TV and expanded DISH customer access to the programmer’s content at home and on the go via DISH Anywhere.
Thea gave the inaugural address for the DISH Women’s Network, an organization supporting women’s personal and professional success. Additionally, she serves the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) as the organization’s local Programming Chairman in Denver.
Prior to DISH, Thea spent four years with Los Angeles-based public relations firm Fifteen Minutes, where she shaped the personal brands of Hollywood figures as a talent publicist.
Thea earned her Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She enjoys salsa dancing.
Thea Ellis will be speaking during the When Content Attacks session.
Session overview: You’ll get keen insight about how (and even whether) the traditionally symbiotic relationship between programmers and distributors can survive this disruption and chaos. The big question: Is this symbiosis simply evolving into something new—or are we witnessing the early stages of the destruction of the current TV ecosystem?