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50. THE CONSTANT IS CHANGE
Debra L. Lee
Chairman & CEO
BET Networks
Years in Cable: 31
Education: BA, Political Science, Brown University; JD, Harvard Law
School; Master's, Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Stephen Hill
Former President, Programming
BET Networks
Years in Cable: 22
Education: Brown University
Change has been the norm at Viacom these days. Although BET was
identified by Bob Bakish as one of the conglomerate's six core brands,
the network will be moving forward without its longstanding programming
chief Hill, who is departing along with EVP/head of original
programming Zola Mashariki. Hill, who's been at BET since 1999
and known for his unfettered love of music, recently engineered the
network's move into more scripted content, including miniseries " The
Book of Negroes " and " Mandiba, " as well as a New Edition Biopic that
hit the ratings jackpot. Lee, who thanked Hill for " every awesome and
magical moment " he had at BET in her memo to staff, will continue
to lead the network into its next era, with a focus on brand-identifying
series and tentpole events.
Lee Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? Reaching people
where they are and bringing them joy, information and inspiration. This
industry has the power to move the culture forward in so many ways
through artistry and storytelling, there is nothing else like it.
51. CONTEMPORARY GENIUS
Courteney Monroe
CEO
National Geographic Global Networks
Years in Cable: 19
Education: BA, Williams College; MBA, The Wharton School
With a new rebrand and commitment to go " further, " Monroe is steadily
upping the game-evolving Nat Geo from a nostalgic brand to a
contemporary story-telling hub while forging deeper ties with its parent
company. She's bet big on headline-grabbing, event programming
such as " Gender Revolution " with Katie Couric, " Before the Flood " and
" He Named Me Malala, " which punctuate a slate of trademark series
including the re-imagined " Explorer. " And this month marks a significant
milestone-the premiere of the network's first scripted series, Albert
Einstein treatment " Genius. "
Q&A
Three years from now, what do you hope has been invented? The
ability for me to be in two places at once.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Smarts, PasCablefax:
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sion, and Curiosity.
What product or service could you not live without? Drybar.
How long is your morning commute? 30 minutes, including a
Starbucks mobile order pickup.
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? " Schoolhouse
Rock "
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Anywhere, in any way, with my
husband. ■
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year? Faster, better
search for VOD.
The best thing about fast broadband is ... Downloading movies. More
access, more opportunity.
Three years from now, what do you hope has been invented? Something
that gives us more hours in the day.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Smart, passionate
and flexible with a willingness to take on new projects.
How do you celebrate your birthday? Massage & dinner. If it's a
decade celebration, a big party!
What product or service could you not live without? IPhone and
Twitter
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? " Jackson 5 "
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Dinner and movie
New favorite binge: " Grace and Frankie " ■
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