Co-President, Sundance Selects/IFC Films

Schwartz helped build several key AMC Networks brands into models of quality, consistency and reliability, and since being upped to co-president this February she now oversees creative, finance and distribution for IFC Films and Sundance Selects Films. Her innovative approach to developing unique distribution methods has helped cable television to remain a leading purveyor of entertainment, even in a very crowded and competitive environment. To her 13-year-old self, “I would tell her to trust her instincts, even if she can’t explain why in the moment of decision. Her inner voice and gut instinct will be among her best assets,” Schwartz says.

 

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

I would tell her to trust her instincts, even if she can’t explain why in the moment of decision. Her inner voice and gut instinct will be among her best assets.

 

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

I think the continued consolidation is a top story.  When I started in the business in the late ‘80s, there were literally hundreds of cable companies, today there are a handful of majors.

 

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

The female leads on AMC Networks’ slate of programming: Danai Gurira’s Michonne on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Tatiana Maslany’s incredible performances on BBC America’s “Orphan Black,” Carrie Brownstein on IFC’s “Portlandia,” Abigail Spencer’s Amantha on SundanceTV’s “Rectify,” and the Braxton family on WE tv’s “Braxton Family Values.” They are all strong, diverse, funny, honest, and complicated women that reflect who we all are.

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