Lee’s natural instinct and creative eye for finding stories have helped lead the network to ratings success. In 2015, four freshman series that Lee oversees have been picked up for a second season – “7 Little Johnstons,” “Love, Lust or Run,” “My Big Fat Fabulous Life,” and “The Willis Family.” Howard seeks out multi-cultural talent for the network’s upcoming programming to appeal to a wide range of demographic populations, including “Dare To Wear” and “Save My Style.” “Diversity is not just a skin color,” he says. “It’s a state of being. All colors, religious beliefs, creeds, sexual orientations, everything.”

Best business advice you’ve received?

The one who arrives the earliest, stays the latest, works weekends, and answers emails the fastest to sacrifice some work/life balance do often move on up.

How do you define diversity?

Diversity is not just a skin color, it’s a state of being. All colors, religious beliefs, creeds, sexual orientations, everything.

How can cable better support diversity?

Embracing programs and casting to include all of the above.

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

How much volume there is in the fictional space on every channel, all trying to take a bite out of HBO, Netflix and Amazon Prime in how they deliver.

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Verizon, NYC Reach Settlement

Verizon has an agreement with New York City that settles proceedings against it after the city claimed it had failed to meet buildout terms for its Fios network under its cable franchise agreement.

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