EVP & Head of Programming, A&E

Bryant was promoted to her current post less than two years ago from her previous role as SVP, programming & development for History, and already A&E is benefiting big-time from her programming prowess in developing buzzy shows in both the scripted and unscripted arenas. She’s building up the network’s scripted coffers with new shows including dramatic miniseries “Frankenstein Chronicles,” and unscripted content including the series “60 Days In,” a breakout hit for the network this year. In fact, Bryant thinks crime programming is one of the biggest stories in cable this year. “Trailblazing series like the classic ‘The First 48’ still rate today and our newest addition, ‘60 Days In’ has really connected with a large audience,” she says.

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?

Love what you do. Passion makes the days go by easily.

Which current programming best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?

I think scripted series like “Jessica Jones” – a Marvel superhero who is still very relatable and flawed – is awesome. She has a heart of gold and is bad ass.

What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?

One of the most interesting trends is the resurgence of crime programming.  Trailblazing series like the classic “The First 48” still rate today and our newest addition, “60 Days In” has really connected with a large audience.

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