Under Bryant’s leadership, Oxygen’s docuseries “Preachers of L.A.” became the network’s most-watched freshman series ever for P25-54 and became a digital and social hit as well. She’ll continue to build on that success in the coming year, with a sophomore season and extensions of the Preachers franchise in other markets as well as an expanded original programming slate. A passionate mentor and lifelong learner, Bryant has served as co-chair of the NBCU Diversity Counsel. On what she looks for in a new hire, Bryant says, “It’s the person that connects the dots. The one who can identify the holes and tell you what’s missing. I think if I’m learning from you while I’m interviewing you, there’s a great potential there that you’ll get the gig.”
What qualities do you look for when making a new hire?
The Internet makes it possible for everyone to have access to a ton of information about whoever they’re interviewing – future boss, company, etc. I always feel like you’ve got a better shot if you aren’t just a parakeet. Tell me something about our world that we don’t know. It’s the person that connects the dots. The one who can identify the holes and tell you what’s missing. I love to learn. I think if I’m learning from you while I’m interviewing you, there’s a great potential there that you’ll get the gig.
Name one emerging trend in cable we should all have our eye on.
Oh, watch out for Oxygen. We’re about to make some new trends in cable.
What’s been your company’s biggest innovation this year?
We are launching a rebrand on October 7. All of our teams have been working around the clock to develop and create some amazing content to fill a ton of white space in the marketplace. It’s exciting! There’s something about having the opportunity to make something that people have never seen before… It’s a craft for sure.