Blaney defines a successful career as “being a part of a team who rolls up their sleeves, are not afraid to work hard and embrace new challenges fearlessly.” By that definition, this 34-year veteran of the company can certainly consider herself a success. As the exec who oversees all acquisitions for the network, she continues to help drive USA’s dominance with the success of acquired series including “Law & Order: SVU,” House” and “NCIS.” She also successfully negotiated the deal to bring aboard a little series called “Modern Family” in 2013.
How can cable do better job at supporting the industry’s women?
Cable has afforded women the opportunity to build their careers in this business. During my 34-year stint at USA, I’ve had the great honor to be mentored by a number of strong female leaders such as Kay Koplovitz, USA’s President and founder, and for the last 12 years by Bonnie Hammer, NBCU Cable Chairman. They encouraged my growth and I hope that other women in positions of power “pay it forward” by mentoring and encouraging woman in this industry to excel. I also applaud organizations like WICT, Multichannel News’ Wonder Women celebration, The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 and CableFAX for putting the spotlight on these exceptional women.
How do you define a successful career?
Being a part of a team who rolls up their sleeves, are not afraid to work hard and embrace new challenges fearlessly.
When not in the office, where are we most likely to find you?
At home in Montvale, New Jersey or Key West, Florida with my husband Jeff and our 4 dogs and a cat. When I’m not cooking for them and doing DIY projects around the house, I like to swim, cycle and hike.