Spade oversees money matters related to Showtime, managing finance and strategy for all the business segments within the company. Additionally, she continues to lead the network’s information technology division. While new revenue opportunities are always nice to see, Spade’s equally jazzed about the level of diversity she’s seeing on and off-screen. “Showtime is committed to programming diversity,” she says, “and I am glad to see that coming through in more new programming offerings.” This past June, 102 golfers helped raise $50,000 at the Bulls Bridge Gold Club in Kent, Conn., for ATR Children’s Foundation, a charity Spade established in the memory of her late daughter.
What’s a recent example of a step forward for women in the media industry?
A step forward for diversity in the media industry is the refreshing acknowledgment that many of this season’s new programs are much more diverse. Showtime is committed to programming diversity and workplace diversity and I am glad to see that coming through in more new programming offerings for the Fall season across the networks.
Who is an inspirational woman you admire, and why?
I admire Michelle Obama greatly. She is a quieter leader and chooses her moments carefully as to when to provide her view. When she speaks, people take note and it is highly impactful.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
The broadband platform is an incredibly exciting opportunity that has only just begun. I am excited to see it evolve in the coming years and become even more interactive and robust.