Under Wang’s watch, Bravo entered the world of scripted programming this year—and 12 more series are now in development. He has an eye toward fostering diversity, which has manifested in the hiring of several minority writers at other nets, including for “Secret Circle,” “Nine Lives of Chloe King,” “The Lying Game” and “Vampire Diaries.” Wang points to Bravo’s “The Singles Project” as a source of innovation at the network, in which single people can affect what happens on the show almost in real time. “It changes the immediacy of television and in terms of scripted programming,” he says. “It has the potential to change viewing habits and we should be aware of that evolution.”
What’s been your company’s biggest innovation this year?
There’s an innovative new dating show called “The Singles Project” that follows single people in NY where viewers can, in almost real time, affect what happens on the show by logging on to bravotv.com or interacting with them on social media. It’s the ultimate choose your own adventure. It changes the immediacy of television and in terms of scripted programming. It has the potential to change viewing habits and we should be aware of that evolution.
What qualities do you look for when making a new hire?
I’m always looking for someone with a point of view and someone who’s passionate about expressing it, but at the same time they need to be humble and thoughtful of the people they’re working with.
Name one emerging trend in cable we should all have our eye on.
Outside of Netflix and Amazon, the big trend I think we should be watching is how competitive broadcast networks want to be with the cable networks in terms of content. Given that there are so many options out there just among cable networks, and with broadcast encroaching in on what was always a brand-driven business in cable, it would be harder to identify that breakout show concept.