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67. SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE
Debra Lee
Title: Chairman & CEO,
BET Networks
Years in Cable: 29
Education: Brown
University; Harvard Law
School, Kennedy School-
Masters in Public Policy
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
Learn something from every experience.
Stephen G. Hill
68. BOLD
VISIONARIES
Sarah Barnett
Title: President & GM,
BBC America
Years in Cable: 14
Education: BA,
History of Art, Warwick
University, U.K.
Best Advice in 7
Words or Less:
" The universe is made of stories, not atoms. " -
Muriel Rukeyser
Jennifer Caserta
Title: President & GM,
IFC
Years in Cable: 17
Education: BA, Hunter
College
Title: President of Programming, BET
Years in Cable: 20
Education: Brown University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less:
Never give advice with only seven words.
BET is marking its 35th anniversary in a big way,
starting with its first original miniseries, " The Book
of Negroes, " which gained notice in February.
Instead of taking BET's status as the #1 network
for African Americans for granted, Lee and Hill
are reinvigorating the brand at home and taking
it abroad-to Europe and Africa in 2015. Lee is
also excited by the growth and promise of BET's
female-skewing sister network, Centric, especially
considering African-American women wield $260
billion of purchasing power each year. The icing on
the anniversary cake? Definitely.
Lee
Favorite TV show as a kid:
" Julia " with Dihann Carroll
Favorite Cable Show memory:
Chairing the cable show as we returned to New
Orleans for the first time after Katrina
Favorite vacation spot: Miami
Hill
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram
My favorite newfound hobby: Sleeping
Favorite TV show as a kid: " Batman "
Favorite Cable Show memory:
Here is really not the place to recall that.
Desert island album: Prince - Sign O' The Times
Favorite vacation spot: Mustique ■
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Best Advice in 7
Words or Less:
Don't allow change
to scare you.
Marc Juris
Title: President & GM,
WEtv
Years in Cable: 22
Education: BS
Best Advice in 7
Words or Less:
Prepare for the future;
press control/alt/delete.
Every one of AMC's networks has a distinct
vision, voice and leader. After turning Sundance
into a creative powerhouse earning
critical raves for its original programming,
Barnett assumed the helm of BBC America
last fall, and insiders look forward to what
this visionary Brit can do with an already
stellar brand. In the past year Caserta
has refreshed the " Always On Slightly
Off " brand she employed to position IFC
as a pop-culture destination with original
comedies like " Portlandia " and " Maron. "
Perhaps Juris has successfully addressed
the toughest task of all three of them,
helping WEtv shed its image as a network
exclusively for women, grow its ratings,
and expand its overall demographic.
Barnett
I watch most programming on this device:
DVR and Roku on a living room TV, but
May 2015
Caserta
If I had a show on YouTube it
would be called...
" I'm Too Old for This But My 10 Year Old
Thinks It's Hilarious "
What's your favorite screen?
The one closest to the couch
If I could interrupt Kanye West just once, I
would tell him...
Why do you make your wife dress like that?
My " Real Housewives " catch-phrase is...
" I've got no time for drama, because I run a
comedy network. "
Favorite TV show as a kid:
" Saturday Night Live "
The last time I had a good laugh was...
the trailer for the Amy Schumer/Bill Hader
movie Trainwreck
Juris
I watch most programming
on this device:
A not-so-smart, old school 56-inch Panasonic
Plasma TV (and I love it).
What's the next big broadband project
no one's talking about yet and why?
I have absolutely no idea, but I'm an early
adopter, so whatever it is, sign me up.
Favorite screen:
The McDonald's drive thru
Apple iWatch or Rolex?
Swatch Watch... it's a classic!
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat?
Handwritten, personalized notes
Favorite vacation spot:
St. Barts
Who's on tap for the next big comeback?
Amy Pascal
My favorite business/motivational book:
Hello, He Lied by Lynda Obst ■
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iPhone is narrowing the gap.
The biggest innovation in cable over the
last year:
HBO Now is certainly one of the most
potentially impactful.
Apple iWatch or Rolex:
My husband's grandfather's vintage Omega
Which character would I most want to
double-cross me on " Game of Thrones "
and why?
Diana Rigg's badass matriarch Olena Tyrell
Favorite vacation spot:
Iceland, but obsessed with the idea of India
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