Name: Abbe Raven
Title: President/CEO, A&E Television Networks
Age: “Old enough to have some wisdom.”
Years in Industry: 25
Years left in Industry: “25 more.”

 

Why Her? From the ever-shrinking age of the network’s median television viewer to inroads made in digital formats, Raven’s indelible mark is all over A&E. Working closely with EVP/GM Bob DeBitetto and EVP, distribution, David Zagin, she continues to guide a successful transition to the younger demographic by spotlighting A&E’s entertainment side while retaining enough arts savvy to satisfy longtime comers. She’s also making bold moves to continue the “down trend,” like putting Nancy Dubuc at the helm of The History Channel. And while some focus on the winning gamble A&E made for “The Sopranos,” Raven and company have been busy ramping up original programming—to the tune of $600 million—including a remake of “The Andromeda Strain” as a miniseries, a couple of reality series and a handful of scripted shows, including a drama that will debut next year as a companion to Tony and the boys.  CAO

 

I knew the cable industry was for me when: “Back in 1982 when every day brought new challenges and new opportunities.”
Defining career moment: “Being on the team that created The History Channel.”
Person I most admire in the cable industry and why: “The AETN team for their unwavering commitment to excellence in programming, customer and community service.”
Favorite restaurant: “Gramercy Tavern, NYC”
Favorite city: “Florence”
Three things I would take with me to a desert island: “My husband, a chaise lounge and a suitcase full of novels.”
Favorite song: The Beatles’ “In My Life”
Favorite TV show: “Brothers and Sisters”
Favorite movie: It’s A Wonderful Life
Favorite sports team: “Yankees”
Favorite piece of tech: “DVR”
Least favorite piece of tech:”Blackberry”
My perfect vacation goes like this: “Exploring the South of France, or a quiet weekend in Vermont with my husband.”
The world would be a better place if: “We all recognized what is truly important – our friends, our family and our health.”

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