SVP, Drama Programming, A&E

Another year, another successful series for Jamieson, whose “Psycho” reimagining/prequel hit “Bates Motel” just got picked up for a second season. “I love being able to dream up shows with a team and see them work,” says Jamieson. “Yes, no doubt, it’s important to make it work from a ratings standpoint, but it’s so gratifying when the ratings work and you love the direction of the show.”

What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love being able to dream up shows with a team and see them work. Yes, no doubt, it’s important to make it work from a ratings stand point … but it so gratifying when the ratings work AND you love the direction of the show.
What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?
There has been lots of discussion about the ratings growth in basic cable compared to the broadcast networks. Look at “Duck Dynasty”; week after week that show is beating countless broadcasters. But more than just our ratings successes, I join the chorus of those who proclaim this era truly the (new) Golden Age of television. We love all our babies, but in particular I believe “Bates Motel” joins the ranks of the best shows on television, let alone cable.
How do you define success in the workplace?
A successful workplace has a healthy combination of hard work, collaboration, laughs and drama! I’m a bit "old school" in my approach to working with artists; I try to follow the principle that you hire the best, give broad notes & reactions, be partners, and don’t nick-pick them to death.
Who would you want to swap jobs with for a month and why?

Our triplets, who play in a band (TH3 TRiPs — get it!?), have raised money to dig wells in Africa, a life-changing event for entire villages. It’s been great fun working on it from this end with the kids and Drop in the Bucket… but I’d love to take a month off and dig one of those wells! We’ve got family roots in East Africa, and getting to the other side of the planet—in a dozen ways—would be good for the soul and good for the world, I’m thinking.

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