EVP, Original Programming & GM, Disney Junior Worldwide
The series “Elena of Avalor,” which centers on a princess character inspired by Latino cultures and folklore for both Disney Channel and Disney Junior, is among the latest examples of Kanter’s keen eye for developing diverse, quality programming that keeps kids and their families coming back for more—across the networks’ distribution platforms. When it comes to content for an older audience, Kanter thinks Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” exemplifies strong female characters. “The lead female characters are flawed yet all strong women standing up for themselves and their place in the world at a time when that wasn’t easy or expected,” she says.
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Worry less about what the future holds and enjoy the present.
Which current programming best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
“Masters of Sex.” The lead female characters are flawed yet all strong women standing up for themselves and their place in the world at a time when that wasn’t easy or expected. She is a formal and informal mentor to young people especially women throughout the industry.
What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?
That ratings, whether cable or network, just don’t mean what they used to.