SVP, Programming, A+E Studios, A+E Networks
Jamieson continues to carve out A+E’s highly lauded creative path. She recently shepherded the critically acclaimed History/ A+E Studios limited series “Roots” from development through premiere, working with the producers and talent on set to ensure stellar quality and authenticity. In addition, she’s developing upward of 40 projects, and was the one to greenlight series “Six” and “Knightfall” for History. She’s also responsible for working through many of the Studios’ overall deals with top-tier talent, including Carlton Cuse and Rachel Winter, and will continue to build the studio as an industry powerhouse with its portfolio of high profile projects. “Women rock,” she says. “And I relish the full spectrum of ambitious, caring, flawed, heroic women on TV, in all their complexity.”
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Throw yourself into Life; give each opportunity your all. Develop good habits: work hard, stay disciplined, be willing to take risks, don’t be afraid of mistakes (that’s how we learn and improve), and always treat people well.
Which current programming best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
I remember reading about how, early on in its run, the writers of SEINFELD struggled with the character of Elaine, until they stopped writing her as “the girl” and started writing for her as a whole person. Women ROCK – and I relish the full spectrum of ambitious, caring, flawed, heroic women on TV, in all their complexity. I love Julia Louis Dreyfus in “Veep.” l feel deeply for Sharon Horgan struggling with motherhood and marriage and career in “Catastrophe” – and of course my all-time fav is Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates. ‘Cause ya don’t have to be “good” to be awesome, right?!
What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?
Diversity is a very real issue nationally and in all sectors of our industry. Finally, television in general and cable, in particular, is more inclusive and is embracing “casts” that better reflects the makeup of our nation. Let’s keep at it!