Last winter Lee’s job expanded again, this time to include overseeing TLC’s entire production and development slate, totaling more than 200 hours of content per year. And he’s also still GM of Discovery Life. Under his purview, “Sister Wives” saw its highest-rated season yet, and for the first half of 2016 the shows in TLC’s Wednesday night lineup—“My 600-Lb Life,” “I Am Jazz” and “My Big Fat Fabulous Life”—posted record high ratings. Despite Lee’s success in linear television, he says streaming VOD will most benefit the industry in the coming year. “There’s so much content out there, and it’s almost impossible to keep up. Streaming offers you the opportunity to catch up on a show or series before fully committing or DVR’ing.”
What grade do you give the cable industry on diversity and why?
B – The industry is getting stronger, in both fiction and non-fiction – yet vast improvements for inclusion still need to be made.
The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is…
STREAMING, VOD, STREAMING, VOD, STREAMING. There’s so much content out there, and it’s almost impossible to keep up. Streaming offers you the opportunity to catch up on a show or series before fully committing or DVR’ing.
What are the television show/s – cable or broadcast – best embrace diversity?
Anything on ABC – I’m always floored by their recent comedy lineup and anything Shonda Rhimes created that is color-blind casting.