Dubuc continues to diversify A+E Networks’ business interests, enabling strong growth in every sector. She has stayed ahead of the curve by making strategic investments in digitally focused media companies, such as investing in Vice and then launching Viceland early last year. The edgy, rule-bending network for millennials is rapidly growing on both the domestic and international fronts. Dubuc also oversees a variety of nonfiction game-changers on A&E, including “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.” She is a long-standing supporter of veterans and military families. If Dubuc could have dinner with anyone, it’d be Amelia Earhart. “I am so curious to know what really happened to her. It is one of the great mysteries of history.”
Who is your favorite current female TV character and why?
This year, Lifetime made a deal with NWSL, and I have become so inspired by meeting so many of the players. They are such great role models for young women. They are not TV characters, but they are some of the most important people I have had the privilege of putting on TV. It is their images and passion on TV—I want my own daughter to emulate.
What is one way the industry can continue to evolve in ridding itself of gender discrimination?
By putting more women in places of power… the board room, behind the camera, in the writer’s room and wherever they can impact the most change. TV is a powerful medium and we get to tell stories that impact culture. As a woman who has a seat at the table, I feel an obligation to bring more women into the tent.
What famous woman, living or deceased, would you like to have dinner with?
Amelia Earhart—we did a show on her this year that reminded me how fearless she was. I am so curious to know what really happened to her. It is one of the great mysteries of history.
Best advice for relieving stress?
Walking a dog. It is a great equalizer.