Having recently moved back to A&E from History, Frontain Bryant’s accomplishments at History during the past year are many. There’s the nonfiction hit “Alone,” a fresh take within the survival TV space. And “The Curse of Oak Island,” which is also one of the highest-rated nonfiction series in cable. Not to mention the popular scripted series “Vikings.” On women exceeding in cable: “Women bring a different perspective to storytelling and I believe more and more the industry is recognizing the importance of giving us an equal voice at the table.”
Where are the biggest growth areas for women in cable?
The sky is the limit for women and we’re breaking new ground all the time. At A+E, we have Nancy Dubuc leading our company as well as Jana Bennett leading History (not to mention the other strong female executives at our company). I see the potential and the great strides we’re making everyday and it inspires me. Women bring a different perspective to storytelling and I believe more and more the industry is recognizing the importance of giving us an equal voice at the table.
What’s the most important aspect of mentoring?
The Golden Rule. You want to treat others the way you’d like to be treated. We can all look back at our favorite bosses and recognize why their management technique worked so well. We’re in a creative environment, and I want to make sure that the people on my team, no matter what level, feel they can share ideas and take big swings without any fear.
Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?
That’s the trick isn’t it! I have two kids and watching them grow up is my greatest joy in life. Period. However, I also love my job. It’s an important balance and I work very hard at having the best of both worlds. There’s really no trick or secret. You just have to work at it every single day and not lose sight of what’s truly important to you.