Nancy Daniels

Daniels’ keen understanding of the importance of highlighting ordinary people with extraordinary lives has driven her success leading both the flagship Discovery network and Science Channel since March 2018. Now she’s taking on oversight of Animal Planet as well. The former TLC chief elevated Discovery as the top cable net for men, steering existing franchises such as Shark Week to new heights, and launching new spinoffs including “Gold Rush: White Water” and “Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine.” Documentaries remain a strong focus for Daniels, who hit a high note with “Serengeti.” “Discovery has an incredible mentor program that pairs senior executives with up and comers across the company, for women and men,” she says.

What specifically does your company do to support and elevate the women who work there?
Discovery has an incredible mentor program that pairs senior executives with up and comers across the company, for women and men. There are also numerous leadership training programs that help create a path up through the glass ceiling.

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
It’s okay how much TV you’re watching. Keep it up.

Which current shows best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
“The Good Fight”—Diane is a strong woman who has faced multiple adversities yet always gets back up and fights… and usually wins.

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