Since joining NBC Sports Boston, Hair has implemented several improvements across all departments at the network. Among those are overhauling the programming lineup to expand weeknight studio shows to maximize the offering to viewers. On the digital side, Hair restructured the network’s resources and assets to fit not just the television business, but also a digital-first mentality. “The growth of digital content and OTT programming is by far the most dramatic change our business has seen over the past three years,” he says. “And it continues to grow and evolve constantly and rapidly every day.”
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?
While it is encouraging that people of color are getting more opportunities in this space, we should all be concerned that these numbers do not reflect the general population.
In what areas should the industry step up its efforts with regard to diversity and inclusion?
Having more people of color in management roles. From the president/CEO down to the VP level, adding more diverse employees in these roles would be very beneficial to organizations and the industry as a whole.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
The growth of digital content and OTT programming is by far the most dramatic change our business has seen over the past three years—and it continues to grow and evolve constantly and rapidly every day.