How can cable do better job at supporting the industry’s women?

Cable scripted programming is at the very top of its game now — arguably the top of any art form out there.  And just as showrunner/creators such as Vince Gilligan & Terry Winter enrich complicated worlds with unforgettable characters, so do geniuses like Kerry Ehrin (“Bates Motel”) and Jenji Kohan (“Weeds, ”Orange Is the New Black”), whose heroines & anti-heroines peel away layers of human nature — and female nature — as never before.  So when that female writer or showrunner comes a-knockin’, remember they may have a creative edge tapping into the 51% of the population that are women!

How do you define a successful career?

Success is like six sides of a “die:” One is creative — bringing something poignant & truthful & fresh to the screen.  Two is in ratings & demographics — gotta deliver those eyeballs!  Three is financial — because it’s show business, not show art; for better or worse, the bottom line is the bottom line.  Four is managerial — creating a positive environment where all involved can do their best.  Five is relationships — building short-hand, trust, friendships, and the joy of helping & working with quality people.  And six is balance — keeping perspective, remembering we’re not building (literal!) bombs, and having a life OUTSIDE the business that enriches the soul and refuels the engines. Roll that die, try hard, and you’ll have success every time!

Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?

Here’s a little trick I use:  within the creative process, I try to make sure my references aren’t just movies or other TV shows.   I try to make sure I’m using my own heart & family & life & life experiences as touchstones, as a way to keep it real, and stay grounded.   No, truth be told, we realistically can’t ”have it all” … but with the above litmus test in mind, I’ll try to read no more than 6 scripts a weekend, and rarely eight or ten.   Family, friends, travel, charity — they all make me a better creative executive.

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Verizon, NYC Reach Settlement

Verizon has an agreement with New York City that settles proceedings against it after the city claimed it had failed to meet buildout terms for its Fios network under its cable franchise agreement.

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