With production costs mounting, economic models shifting and hundreds of new original scripted series expected to be televised in 2016, the challenges for creating breakthrough hits have never been more daunting. But that's not stopping some of TV's most inventive networks from trying...and succeeding. Find out how top-performing networks stay ahead of the game by cultivating breakthrough programming that captivates audiences at scale despite the headwinds caused by intensive competition and increasing complexity of platforms.
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Jennifer Caserta, President & GM, IFC, AMC Networks
Gary Levine, President, Programming, Showtime Networks
Eric Schrier, President, Original Programming, FX Networks & FX Productions
Bradley Siegel, President, TV One
Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director, Starz
Mark Robichaux, Editorial Director, B&C, Multichannel News and NextTV, NewBay Media
As IFC’s President and General Manager, Jennifer Caserta has established IFC as the home for smart and distinctive alternative comedies that are, “always on” and “slightly off,” in keeping with the network’s clearly defined brand and voice. IFC’s evolution has resulted in strong audience, revenue and distribution gains, pop culture buzz and an expanding slate of fresh original programming that resonates with viewers, advertisers and top comedy talent.
Since Gary Levine joined the network as head of original programming in 2001, Showtime has been transformed into a major series player with provocative, distinctive and acclaimed series that include Homeland, The Affair, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Nurse Jackie, Weeds, Episodes, The L Word, The Tudors, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Penny Dreadful, Californication and Dexter. In addition to his series work, Levine has overseen the network’s original movies and documentaries including this season’s Academy Award® contenders Listen To Me Marlon, Prophet’s Prey, and the Emmy® Award-winning environmental docu-series Years of Living Dangerously.
Mark Robichaux is Editorial Director of NewBay Media’s TV Group in New York, which includes Multichannel News, Broadcasting & Cable, NextTV and Ratings Intelligence. Prior to his current position, he was Editor-in-Chief of both Multichannel News and sister publication Broadcasting & Cable. He was a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal for 13 years, writing for Page One, as well as covering small business and the cable-TV industry.
Eric Schrier is President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, overseeing all original programming for FX, FXX and FXM, and is head of business and entertainment operations for FX Productions.
As the president of TV One, Bradley Siegel is responsible for overseeing all business, operational and creative aspects of the network. During his first year, TV One introduced a new brand promise to REPRESENT the best of Black culture and entertainment – past, present and future.
Carmi Zlotnik is Managing Director for Starz. In this lead executive role, Zlotnik is responsible for programming and development activities for Starz as well as overseeing production of STARZ Original series. Among notable recent series are acclaimed scripted dramas including “Black Sails,” “Outlander,” “Power,” “Flesh and Bone,” and the upcoming anthology series, “The Girlfriend Experience.” In 2015, STARZ also had its first horror series in “Ash vs. Evil Dead” joining Starz’s comedies “Blunt Talk” and “Survivor’s Remorse.”