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67. BEST BIOGRAPHERS
Sean Cohan
President, International and Digital
A+E Networks
Years in Cable: 14
Education: AB, Harvard; MBA, Stanford
One Word that Best Describes Me: Curious
Amanda Hill
CMO
A+E Networks
Years in Cable: 14 years
Education: Warwick University:
Economics and German art/literature/language
One
Word that Best Describes
Me: Passionate
A+E Networks, which has retooled
over the past couple of years in
terms of executives and strategy,
is poised for a growth spurt-and
Cohan and Hill are two of the
emerging powers at the company. Hill was promoted to her current post
in 2016, a year after joining the company. Cohan added digital oversight
in 2015. One project they both are focused on is the return of " Biography. "
The Emmy-winning " Mainstay " will be back as a re-imagined
global, linear and digital nonfiction franchise, rolling out domestically and
internationally across platforms on A&E, History and Lifetime beginning
this spring.
Cohan Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? Smart, creative people;
rapid change and possibility.
68. THE MOUSE WHO ROARS
Nancy Kanter
EVP, Content & Creative Strategy
Disney Channels Worldwide
GM
Disney Junior Worldwide
Years in Cable: 16
Education: BA, Film and Theatre, magna cum
laude, Hunter College
One Word that Best Describes Me: Tenacious
Renewals for popular new series like " Mickey
and the Roadster Racers " and " The Lion
Guard " show Disney's knack for mining its own
IP. Disney Junior is also unique in its focus on
the 2-to-7-year-old set, so while ad-supported
Nickelodeon has claimed the 2-to-11 lead
of late, preschoolers and kindergartners pay
attention to Kanter's moves. In February, she
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What are the top three
qualities you look for in
a hire? Passionate, hardworking,
and creative.
Which TV family is most
like your own? " This Is Us "
How long is your morning
commute? 22 minutes; 27
with the coffee stop.
Hill Q&A
The best thing about fast broadband is... Being able to be in one
home and, simultaneously, having your 7-year-old son jigging to his
feed on Spotify and playing the latest Minecraft game on the computer.
To have your 12-year-old daughter watching the latest season of Dance
Moms whilst also scrolling through the Twitter, YouTube and Facebook
comments, whilst her parents are downloading a movie to watch when
they're both in bed. We have more ability to consume, to play and to
connect with content that we love than ever before.
Three years from now, what do you hope has been invented? That
Doctor Who's TARDIS becomes real. I travel between London and NY.
Then London and LA. Then NY and Asia. To be able to pop into a time
machine and just 'be' would be a glorious thing.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? SMART: It just
counts! INNOVATIVE: the ability to pivot, to zag, to find new ways. To be
prepared to kill an idea and have the energy to find another. Invaluable.
OPTIMISM: there's so much change going on. You want people around
you who retain a level of upbeat, who come with solutions to the issues
not just the problems, who have the courage to champion change rather
than give you multiple reasons why it's going to be hard.
Favorite podcast: I'm an old-timer on this one. I love The Moth. They
say " the shortest distance between two people is story. " I laugh, I cry, I
also just allow myself to feel. ■
added a new title, EVP of content and creative
strategy for Disney Channels Worldwide. Disney
Channels chief Gary Marsh saluted her as " a
formidable leader with exceptional creative
instincts and a personal passion for great
storytelling. "
Q&A
Three years from now, what do you hope has
been invented? A pill that eliminates the need
for pilates or yoga.
What are the top three qualities you look for
in a hire? Passion about the work, commitment
to excel, a sense of humor
My OTT prediction is... In 10 years or less we
won't be talking about it and it will have been
replaced by something we can't even imagine
right now.
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from
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your childhood? " Josie and the Pussycats "
New favorite binge: " A Place Called Home "
Favorite podcast: The Dinner Party Download ■
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