Fisher has been the guiding force behind UP’s move to more original programming, including “Bulloch Family Ranch,” which was brought back for a sophomore season this year. Up ahead (pun intended), she’s working on more series—both scripted and unscripted—as well as growing UP’s movie franchise. When not at work, look for her “walking, hiking, at the movies, gardening, eating… anything I can do with my family!”

How can cable do better job at supporting the industry’s women?

I think the cable industry already does a pretty good job supporting women, especially with WICT and all its wonderful programs.  Highlighting the achievements of women, as Cablefax is doing, is great too.  I do think we need to keep reporting on the dismal statistics of women behind the camera in the role of producer, writer and director and encourage women executives to hire women in

these important jobs.

What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?

I think the big story is the programming.  This is truly a remarkable time for cable television—”Walking Dead,” “Louis CK,” “Masters of Sex,” “Suits,” “Homeland”—the list goes on of terrific shows that are appointment viewing for so many.  Great talent is migrating to cable television thanks to the creative freedom that cable offers. In terms of quality, I think cable is doing a much better job than the movie industry in creating interesting, entertaining, memorable product.

How do you define a successful career?

A career in which one has worked well with a team, shown colleagues respect and given credit where credit is due. I think a successful career is a bold one – dreaming big, believing that all things are possible and not being afraid of shooting for the moon.  Lastly, a successful career is one that brings with it enjoyment, interesting challenges and new ideas, while maintaining a healthy balance with a personal life.  Especially in programming, an executive with relationships, hobbies and travel experiences is bound to be more interesting creatively that someone whose work is their entire life.

Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?

Prioritizing.  Figuring out what needs to be done right away and doing it so that you can leave the office at a reasonable time.  There will ALWAYS be more work to do, so you have to figure out what needs to be done first and what

can be left to the next day.  A lot of people pride themselves on returning every single phone call – but if that means staying at the office until 9pm and leaving messages, what is the point?  I would rather have dinner with my family

and tell the person the next day that I am sorry I couldn’t get back to them sooner.  Being organized is a huge asset too.

When not in the office, where are we most likely to find you?

Walking, hiking, at the movies, gardening, eating, and anything I can do with my family!

 

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