Hudson oversees late-night programming for TBS and TNT, a job that’s become increasingly important on the heels of “Conan’s” success. A NAMIC Next Generation honoree, he has boosted the networks’ popularity with more diverse audiences, specifically Latino and African-American viewers. Hudson defines diversity today as “a room with no barriers to entry… where discussion is inclusive of differing perspectives based on different socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicity (culture), gender and sexual orientation.” A truly diversified industry “will reflect relevant attitudes and current trends,” he says.
What qualities do you look for when making a new hire?
Here are the qualities that I believe make for a good hire: Ambitious, honest, quick but not sloppy, self-confident with a strong work ethic. It is critical that she/he is someone who is flexible to others needs and recognizes that we work in an ever changing environment. On a personal note, I prefer people who are a bit transparent (I don’t like guessing games) and have a real desire to grow and be promoted.
What’s the definition of diversity in 2014, and how can the cable industry do better in the area of inclusiveness?
Diversity is a room with no barriers to entry…where discussion is inclusive of differing perspectives based on different socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicity (culture), gender and sexual orientation. Diversity provokes thought, creates a dialogue and leads to the sharing of ideas. A diversified industry will reflect relevant attitudes and current trends, and while much work remains to be done, the cable industry is headed in the right direction.
What’s been your company’s biggest innovation over the past year?
From the beginning, Turner saw the potential in TV Everywhere, leading to last year’s launch of our groundbreaking live-streaming apps. Today, making content available across a multitude of devices is the industry standard, the net result being more opportunities for viewers to consume content wherever and whenever they want, stronger direct engagement with fans and a wide range of new revenue streams.