Lightcap is well on track to repeating—if not besting—her 2013 success leading the Discovery portfolio to post its best ratings ever. “Our biggest innovation has been reimagining our content department, and coming up with a unique strategy and structure that is enabling our portfolio ratings to soar to record heights, which in turn is contributing towards fantastic growth,” she says. Lightcap seems to be onto something since the first two quarters of 2014 are already up over last year’s quarterly ratings.

What’s been your company’s biggest innovation this year? 

In terms of my area, our biggest innovation has been reimagining our Content department, and coming up with a unique structure that is enabling our portfolio ratings to soar to record heights**, which in turn is contributing towards fantastic growth.

What qualities do you look for when making a new hire?

What sets candidates apart for me are three qualities: passion / drive / “fire in the belly,” to always strive for excellence; the curiosity and will to always want to continue learning and growing; and third, the ability to collaborate internally while seeking to outperform the competition.

Who has been your strongest mentor, and why?

I was lucky to have worked for great leaders in my career, and also a great group of peers that have enriched and enlightened my working life. During my time at Fox, my mentor and friend to this day is Jane Pemberton. At Disney, I learned a great deal from my boss of many years, Diego Lerner. And in the two years I’ve been with Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic, I am excited to work with Henry Martinez, who is a great leader, and who has assembled a first-rate team of colleagues.

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