In March, Daniels was picked as chief brand officer for Discovery & Factual, a role where she leads both Discovery network and Science Channel. She previously served as president of TLC, where she led the net’s first scripted programming in a partnership with Tyler Perry and OWN. Daniels has been honored with the Excellence in Mentoring award from the Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, and served as a mentor in the Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program. She’s encouraged by the industry’s response to the Me Too movement. “I feel very fortunate to work in an environment with zero tolerance for that kind of behavior. One would hope that we can get to a point where other companies go in that direction,” she says.
What are your thoughts on the industry’s current response to the Me Too movement, and its treatment of men who have been accused of sexual harassing and/or assaulting women and men? Are there other steps you feel should be taken?
It’s been very encouraging—I feel very fortunate to work in an environment with zero tolerance for that kind of behavior. One would hope that we can get to a point where other companies go in that direction.
Who is an inspirational woman you admire, and why?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg—because of all she did for women’s rights and she is still stronger than most people half her age.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
Obviously streaming services have become much more of a factor—more competition for some projects—particularly documentaries. Competition only raises the bar for anyone.