BRIAN PHILIPS, 54, President, CMT
LESLIE FRAM, Senior vp music strategy, CMT
After Viacom shifted CMT to its Kids and Family division and ordered layoffs in March, Philips' team-building leadership quickly restored confidence. In the last year, he and Fram have rolled out new music franchises CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party and Fram's pet project, the Next Women of Country Tour, which helped break newcomer Kelsea Ballerini. The flagship CMT Music Awards on June 10 drew almost 17 million viewers.