Overseeing original programming, Proctor helped TV One achieve its highestrated summer last year—and 2014 looks on track to find more success with strong performances from original series like “R&B Divas Atlanta,” “R&B Divas LA” and “The Rickey Smiley Show.” She also oversaw production of the network’s inaugural airing of the NAACP Image Awards, a ratings home run, and is now looking to expand the network’s foray into original movies and scripted sitcoms. She draws inspiration from those who’ve come before her. “There’s a growing lineage of female producers and directors, many of whom have served as informal mentors as I follow and study their career paths,” she says.

Who has been your strongest mentor, and why?

There’s a growing lineage of female producers and directors, many of whom have served as informal mentors as I follow and study their career paths.

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

Creativity, focus, resourcefulness and a good attitude

Name one emerging trend in cable we should all have our eye on.

The evolving role of the viewer as a participant in the programming process.

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Representation Matters: Fewer Women, People of Color on TV

Nielsen released its first-ever report of the television media landscape’s progress and gaps in on-screen inclusion.

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