Marlene Sanchez Dooner
EVP, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Simply put, Dooner has broadened the way Hispanics consume media across NBCU’s platforms. She participated in the production of multiple cross-company initiatives including the reality competition shows “La Voz Kids” and “Top Chef Estrellas,” the weekly news segment “Access Hollywood Al Rojo Vivo,” and multiple simulcasts between NBC’s “Today” and Telemundo’s morning show “Un Nuevo Dia.” She has a keen eye for spotting new initiatives and business opportunities, while also overseeing financial planning, strategic initiatives and business development. “The Rio Olympics has been called the biggest media event of the year, and I agree,” she says. “Comcast NBCUniversal showcased wonderful stories of amazing athletes live, on demand and streaming—marrying great content, distribution and technology to bring people closer to this unique event.”
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Dream big, work hard, and don’t take anything for granted. Enjoy!
Which current programming best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
I love interesting stories and complex characters and so I like women’s roles like Carrie Mathison of “Homeland,” and almost every female role in “Blindspot,” whether it’s Jane, Patterson or Zapata. They’re imperfect but strong women, almost superheroes. In Spanish-language TV, a great example is Vicenta Rigores, the lead character in “Señora Acero: La Coyote,” who fights injustice against immigrants.
What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?
There is always so much happening in our industry that it’s hard to pick one story. We continue to reinvent our businesses and expand our services – whether it’s high-speed Internet, business services or delivering compelling programming to a growing number of platforms. The Rio Olympics has been called the biggest media event of the year, and I agree. Comcast NBCUniversal showcased wonderful stories of amazing athletes live, on demand and streaming – marrying great content, distribution and technology to bring people closer to this unique event.