Meet the big winners in pay-TV industry's executive compensation

Despite all the talk about competition from over-the-top and consumers' increasing desire to cut the cord, 2014 was a pretty good year for pay-TV executives and their accountants. Of course, Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) Chairman and CEO Rob Marcus lost out on the chance to bank about $80 million because Comcast's (NASDAQ: CMCSA) proposed $45 billion takeover of his company didn't work out. But what's he going to do with all those millions anyway? He still turned out to be the highest paid pay-TV exec in 2014, with overall earnings of $34.6 million.

In fact, every executive on FierceCable's list of highest paid pay-TV executives grew their compensation in 2014. Compiling data from companies' filings with the SEC, FierceCable created a list of the eight highest paid CEOs in the industry. FierceWireless will publish a similar list next week for wireless industry execs. In the meantime, check out FierceCable's list of highest paid executives here.