President & CEO
Dubuc continues to expand the depth and reach of A+E Networks’ brands with savvy strategic investments and bold vision that reflect both in programming and distribution models. She’s building on another lofty year. Under Dubuc’s leadership Viceland made a successful debut and continues to build its millennial audience domestically and abroad. She also increased the equity stake in production house Propagate Content, invested in live-event VR company Voke, and took an ownership stake in the digital cooking brand Panna. A+E Studios is off and running with hit series “UnReal” on Lifetime, and original drama series “Six” and “Knightfall” are in the works for History. Also at Dubuc’s direction, A+E Nets recently expanded into the live performance space, bringing Lifetime brand Bring It! out on a multicity tour. She sets a high bar not only for A+E, but for gender equality in the cable industry. “As one of the only female chief executive officers in the cable industry, I know we can do better,” she says.
Which sector of the cable industry best demonstrates gender equality? Which could use some enlightenment?
As one of the only female chief executive officers in the cable industry, I know we can do better. Women are underrepresented in the top echelons of the business so it is incumbent on us to recognize and reward their leadership skills and achievements across all sectors of our industry and give them the credit they deserve. It’s about time we have more women in charge.
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
“Likes” on social media don’t always equate with success. It is important to keep your thoughts independent.
Which current programming best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
Selfishly, I have to say Lifetime’s “UnReal.” It is one of the smartest shows on television and it is written, directed, produced by and stars strong, successful women.