It takes a strong, analytical mind to balance overseeing strategic and long-range plans for these two NBCU cable networks, but Tang makes it look easy. She has a nose for sniffing out new revenue streams and ways to expand the business. “The variety of choices available, whether it’s the amount of content or how you will consume it” marks the most dramatic change in the business over the past three years, she says. At one point, Tang had thought about becoming an economist. In order to decide which path was right for her, she was a White House intern during the Clinton administration, working for the Council of Economic Advisors.
A February 2018 UCLA study revealed that of the 45 new scripted shows approved for 2017-18 across broadcast, cable and digital platforms, only four were from creators of color, all of whom were black. What is your reaction to this report?
Obviously this stat is disappointing. Hopefully with the recent successes of Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians there is some concrete proof that a market exists for diverse content.
In what areas should the industry step up its efforts with regard to diversity and inclusion?
We need more diversity among the decision-makers in our business.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
The variety of choices available, whether it’s the amount of content or how you will consume it.