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Hall of fame
Named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” and among the “Most Powerful Women in Cable, “Jennifer Caserta has proven that comedy is serious business as president and general manager of IFC.
Caserta is a key architect in the evolution of IFC, leading a successful rebrand effort in 2010 that transformed IFC from a niche indie film channel to a fully advertiser-supported destination for sharp, smart comedy. Through her dozen-year tenure with IFC, she has earned an industry-wide reputation for developing multi-platform marketing initiatives and innovative partnerships, and more recently as president and general manager, for shaping its programming and overall brand identity. Today, defined by its “Always On. Slightly Off” sensibility and its growing slate of edgy, original programming, IFC continues to build audience share, critical acclaim and pop culture relevance.
Under Caserta’s leadership, IFC has attracted top-tier talent and nurtured the success of such original series as Portlandia, the Emmy-nominated and Peabody- and WGA-winning comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, with recent guest stars including Louis C.K., Steve Buscemi and Natasha Lyonne; the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated docu-parody Documentary Now! starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader and penned by Seth Meyers, with first-season guest stars including Helen Mirren, Jack Black and John Slattery; Comedy Bang! Bang!, the late-night spoof show with Scott Aukerman and “Weird Al” Yankovic; as well as other projects like the mini-series TheSpoils of Babylon, in partnership with Will Ferrell and Funny or Die. Most recently, Caserta green lit two new series: Dana Gould’s Stan Against Evil and Funny or Die’s Brockmire, starring Hank Azaria.
Caserta served as executive producer on the 2009 docu-series Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut), which earned IFC and the legendary comedy troupe an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Nonfiction Series, a Python first.
Prior to becoming network president in May 2012, Caserta served as IFC’s executive vice president and general manager. She segued into management at IFC after a progression of marketing roles, most recently EVP of marketing, communications, scheduling and alternative programming. Before joining IFC, Caserta was EVP/GM of Fuse, helping to increase ratings and web traffic for the music network and launching the live studio series The Sauce.
Earlier in her career, Caserta served as vice president of advertising sales marketing for Court TV, successfully redefining its trade brand. She has also held marketing positions at Oxygen Media, Food Network, Westwood One and the Radio Advertising Bureau.
Among her many industry accolades, Variety included Caserta in its 2014 “Power of Women: New York Impact” list, Adweek named her a “Person of the Moment,” Fast Company recognized her as a “Who’s Next” leader, and Multichannel News and WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications) acknowledged her superpowers as a “Wonder Woman.” She is also a recipient of the NCTA Vanguard Award for Young Leadership.
Jennifer Caserta earned her degree in media studies from Hunter College, which subsequently inducted her into its Hall of Fame. She is an alumna of the CTAM executive management program at CTAM, as well as CTAM U at Harvard Business School, and serves on the CTAM board of directors. A member of WICT, she is also a member and mentor at the television/video marketing association PromaxBDA.
Evan Shapiro serves as Executive Vice President, Digital Enterprises at NBCUniversal. Shapiro spearheaded the launch of Seeso, the company’s ad-free streaming comedy channel, and works on the company-wide strategic development of digital opportunities to reach emerging audiences, including alternative platforms and direct to consumer distribution models.
Before joining NBCUniversal in December 2014, Shapiro was President of Participant Media’s Pivot where he launched the channel in August of 2013, growing its reach to 44+ million subscribers and winning the network an Emmy Award in its first year. At Pivot, Shapiro was responsible for original programming and all aspects of the network’s business affairs.
Prior to Pivot, Shapiro served as President of IFC TV and Sundance Channel, where he steered both networks to new business and programming models that garnered each network their first Primetime Emmy nominations, as well as a Golden Globe Award win for Sundance Channel.
He also has executive produced numerous acclaimed original documentaries and series, including This Film Is Not Yet Rated, which challenged the MPAA for its ratings practices; the Peabody Award-winning Brick City, which chronicled a year in the life of Newark’s Mayor Cory Booker; Emmy Award-winning HitRecord On TV, R. Kelly’s one-of-a-kind ‘hip-hopera,’ Trapped in the Closet; and most recently, the two-time Peabody Award-winning hit series Portlandia.
Shapiro is Chairman of the Board of The Ghetto Film School, where he helped open the Cinema School, the nation’s first public high school for film and recently helped launch the organization’s Los Angeles chapter. He is also on the Board of Arts Nova, New York City’s premiere Off-Broadway hub for new talent. Shapiro is an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business where he teaches TV Management.
Courteney Monroe is chief executive officer (CEO) of National Geographic Global Networks, based in Washington, D.C. She oversees global programming, operations and marketing for the portfolio of National Geographic Channels around the world, which includes National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo MUNDO. Additionally, Monroe is responsible for all operations of National Geographic Studios, the in-house television production unit. In this role, Monroe works closely with Fox Networks Group Chairman and CEO Peter Rice, partnering with the best in the creative community to position National Geographic Channels as a global leader in premium science, adventure and exploration programming.
“In this time of intensifying competition and disruption, only the best content and the most resonant and vital brands will prevail. At National Geographic Channels, we are in the unique and enviable position of being associated with a brand that is meaningful and special and which, at its heart, stands for quality,” said Monroe.
Now, Monroe is looking to harness the power of the National Geographic brand, along with the clout of its global reach, to position NGC as the world’s premium science, adventure and exploration network. She is disrupting the factual space by taking epic, audacious programming swings aimed at a broader, more upscale audience — programming that is more closely aligned with National Geographic Society’s mission and editorial, and is developed and produced in collaboration with A-level creative talent.
In 2015, Monroe nurtured an unprecedented production partnership with iconic brand GE to develop the critically acclaimed series Breakthrough — from executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The anthology series featured leading scientists and how their cutting-edge innovations and advancements are changing our lives in the immediate future and beyond. The partnership with Grazer and Howard also led to another project, Red Planet. This epic six part genre-busting series follows the thrilling quest to survive Mars and the story of those who became a multi-planetary species. Execute produced by the Academy Award winner’s Imagine Entertainment, Red Planet is expected to premiere in fall 2016.
Additionally, the network partnered with Fox Searchlight for the global theatrical release of the critically-acclaimed feature documentary He Named Me Malala, an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, which will have its global broadcast television premiere this February. And premiering this spring, TheStory of God with Morgan Freeman is a new global series exploring mankind’s quest to understand the divine, from executive producer Morgan Freeman and Revelations Entertainment.
Prior to becoming global CEO, which was announced after the formation of National Geographic Partners in November, when 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society expanded their joint venture agreement to include all of the media assets of National Geographic, Monroe served as CEO of National Geographic Channels U.S. and first joined the network as chief marketing officer (CMO).
As CMO, she managed the Channel’s brand and all aspects of marketing — including brand strategy, creative, consumer marketing, digital platforms, social media, partnership marketing, ad sales marketing and licensing and merchandising. She also oversaw consumer and trade communications. Under her leadership, NGC launched unprecedented marketing campaigns for the network’s popular Killing franchise, which garnered the highest total viewership in network history.
Before joining National Geographic Channels U.S., Monroe was executive vice president, consumer marketing and digital platforms, for Home Box Office (HBO), responsible for the marketing of the HBO and Cinemax brands and their programming, across all platforms.
During her tenure at HBO, Monroe oversaw award-winning marketing campaigns for many of HBO’s highest-profile properties, such as “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” “Entourage,” “True Blood,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Game of Thrones,” the HBO miniseries “The Pacific” and many more. She also led the development, deployment and marketing of HBOGO and MAXGO, the company’s digital streaming services.
Before joining HBO, Monroe held marketing positions at American Express and Salomon Brothers. She also worked in account management at BBDO.
Monroe’s many accolades include The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 (2015); Multichannel News Wonder Women (Class of 2015); the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement (2006); Media Industry News’ 21 Most Intriguing People (2007); Marketer of the Year by Brandweek (2007); and television’s Next Wave of Leaders by Broadcasting & Cable magazine (2009). In 2010, she was presented with the Brand Builders’ Award by PromaxBDA, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. In 2013, she was named a Woman to Watch by Advertising Age and, most recently, a 2014 Woman to Watch by Multichannel News.
Monroe holds a B.A. from Williams College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Hallmark Hall of Fame
On Thanksgiving weekend 2016, Hallmark Channel will mark the 65th anniversary of TV’s most award-winning series of all-time when the network premieres the brand new and 263rd installment of the Hallmark Hall of Fame. The anthology program is the longest-running and most honored (81 Emmy Awards) primetime series in the history of television.
Hallmark Hall of Fame launched December 24, 1951 with the first opera ever written for television, Amahl and the Night Visitors b Gian Carlo Menotti. The program was so successful that it was restaged by Hallmark several times over 15 years. Early productions included classical works of Shakespeare: Hamlet, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest. Protagonists were as varied as Florence Nightingale to Father Flanagan to Joan of Art. Popular plays were adapted to original HHOF’s including Harvey, Dial M for Murder, and Kiss Me, Kate, theater for the masses! Noted actors Richard Burton, Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne, Maurice Evans, Katharine Cornell, Julie Harris, Laurence Olivier, Peter Ustinov all flocked to the beacon of Hallmark Hall of Fame. Adaptations of the world’s best known literary classics became some of HHOF’s most memorable titles. Who can forget The Winter of Our Discontent, Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Foxfire, My Name is Bill W., Sarah, Plain and Tall, What the Deaf Man Heard, and the film that won 5 of HHOF’s 81 Emmys, Promise, starring James Woods.