Most recently head of original programming at IFC, DeMontreux in April left after 25 years at AMC Networks to join Sony TV-owned production company Embassy Row. While at IFC, DeMontreux oversaw the launch of hit flagship series “Portlandia,” among other successes. “I’m interested in working with people who have a genuine passion for the content we’re making as well as talent, innovation, creativity, positive energy, kindness and without a doubt, a major sense of humor,” she says.
What’s been your company’s biggest innovation this year?
We pioneered the ‘after show’ genre with Watch What Happens Live and continue to blaze the trail with shows like Talking Dead and Bates Motel: After Hours. It’s gratifying to see this type of non-traditional talk show take off and how networks are leveraging them to further engage their core audience. Creativity and innovation has not only led to this popular genre but has inspired us to produce a host of distinct, genre-redefining shows like Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Take Part Live, Men in Blazers, and Grace Helbig; as well as Cutthroat Kitchen, a series we created.
Who has been your strongest mentor, and why?
One of my strongest mentors is someone I only recently told this to…Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP of Programming and Development at GSN. She was my boss for only one year heading up original programming at Bravo, prior to its sale to NBC Universal. I learned a tremendous amount from her about program development, identifying rare talent and expecting the best out of people. Her impact on me was far greater than the short amount of exposure I had to her leadership.
What qualities do you look for when making a new hire?
I’m interested in working with people who have a genuine passion for the content we’re making as well as talent, innovation, creativity, positive energy, kindness and without a doubt, a major sense of humor.