EVP, Original Programming & Development/Chief Creative Officer

ABC Family

It’s no secret. With cable’s biggest social media following for its arsenal of original hits, ABC Family is a pretty great place to work these days. Juergens followed the continued success of the net’s breakout hit “Pretty Little Liars” and this spring’s landmark “Uprising” episode of “Switched at Birth” with the summer’s launch of “The Fosters” and the premiere of “PLL” spinoff “Ravenswood” in October, which launched as ABC Family’s top premiere and cable’s top drama premiere in nearly three years. She appreciates the freedom cable has when it comes to storytelling: “I think the ‘Breaking Bad’ saga, from such a quiet start to the phenomenal series end—and the way AMC stuck with it and managed it—is an only-in-cable story.”

What’s your favorite part of your job?
Finding exciting new talent, both behind and in front of the camera—and that includes the network’s marketing, social and creative execs.
 
What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?
I think the “Breaking Bad” saga, from such a quiet start to the phenomenal series end—and the way AMC stuck with it and managed it is an only-in-cable story.
 
How do you define success in the workplace?
High ratings and a great team of colleagues is the recipe for happiness.
 
Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?
Delegate to your brilliant team!
 
Who would you want to swap jobs with for a month and why?

Anna Wintour for sure. I started out in fashion and still watch every doc or behind-the-scenes series to get a little fix.

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