USA Network president Chris McCumber has a glass-paneled corner office on the 21st floor of 30 Rock, but he doesn’t like to spend too much time there. “I try to get out of this office as much as possible and be visible on the floor with the team,” he says. “I like walking around, taking the pulse and hearing what everyone is doing. I get energized by it.” When he does find himself at the computer answering email and taking calls, he keeps the surface of his desk pretty close to spotless. “Because there’s always so many things going on in the day, if I have clutter all over my desk, it doesn’t allow me to think clearly,” he says.
SGT. WILCO: McCumber is an unabashed “gushing fan” of Wilco, as demonstrated by the half dozen or so of the band’s concert posters on his walls. Having grown up as a drummer in rock bands before he turned marketing maven, McCumber appreciates the artistic touch that the band demonstrates by having a new poster made for every show. He often contacts the poster artist directly to get original prints.
FURRY MEMORY: Tucked against a window in the corner near McCumber’s desk is a very realistic model of the head of a golden retriever. It’s a prop that was used on one of 13 short films, dubbed “Fuzzy Memories,” that McCumber directed for comedian Jack Handey for “Saturday Night Live” in the mid-1990s. “We’d shoot them on a Tuesday, edit them on Thursday and I’d take the subway and drop the film off (at 30 Rock) on a Friday. No questions asked,” he says.
HEAVY METAL: McCumber has never been in the ring, but WWE boss Vince McMahon gave him a personalized championship belt, complete with a spinning medallion in the front. “Everybody who comes in this office always wants to touch it or wear it,” McCumber says.