Title: President/GM, SundanceTV
Years in Cable: 13
Education: BA (Hons) University of Warwick, UK
Best Advice: Don’t read the comments.
Title: President/GM, IFC
Years in Cable: 16
Education: BA, Hunter College
Best Advice: Trust your gut.
Title: President/GM, WEtv
Years in Cable: 21
Best Advice: A “no” is just the first step in getting to a “yes.”
2013 was a big year for newly branded SundanceTV with its entry into original scripted programming, quality shows like “Rectify,” “The Returned” and the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning “Top of the Lake.” And Barnett, deservingly promoted to current post last March, isn’t slowing down, with premieres of “The Red Road” and “The Honourable Woman” this year. Building on the success of “Portlandia,” Caserta continues to attract A-list comics to IFC such as in recently launched miniseries “The Spoils of Babylon,” starring Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire. And her success is evidenced by an increased audience delivery of 20% over the prior year among total viewers, not to mention 20 major new advertisers. Juris was key in AMC’s transformation from a classic movie channel to a top TV brand, and played an important role in the launch of Fuse and truTV—always with an expert eye on the power of social media to breathe life into a brand. As WEtv’s new chief, he takes the reigns as the net airs its first original scripted series, “The Divide,” and expands its overall slate of originals.
I watch the majority of programming on this device: Old school TV, a big, flat, smart one
TV show I’d most like to have a cameo in: “Mad Men”
John, Paul, George or Ringo? George
Frank Underwood or Nick Brody? Neither
Twitter or Instagram? Twitter for work, Instagram for family
Favorite Restaurant: Mercato, upstate N.Y.
Favorite vacation spot: Iceland
Beach or mountains? Beach
If someone forced me to cut the cord and only watch 3 over-the-top shows, they would be: “The Square” (Netflix), “Transparency” (pilot on Amazon), “Moone Boy” (Hulu)
TV show I’d most like to have a cameo in: “Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
John, Paul, George or Ringo? Ringo
I wish Congress would just… behave!
My favorite newfound hobby: Power yoga. I’ve mastered a handstand and headstand.
One thing I would do all the time if I could: Watch TV
My ideal celebrity partner on Dancing with the Stars: Channing Tatum
Favorite restaurant: Blue Hill at Stone Barn
Beach or mountains? Beach
Desert island album: Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti
Favorite TV show as a kid? “Happy Days”
TV show I’d most like to have a cameo in: “Family Guy”
I wish Congress would just… do a full system reboot back to original factory settings.
Oscars or Grammys? Are you kidding? Oscars!!
Favorite TV show as a kid? “Bewitched”
My favorite business/motivational book: Hello He Lied by Linda Obst
If someone forced me to cut the cord and only watch 3 over-the-top shows, they would be: “Family Guy,” “Revolution,” “Saturday Night Live”