A+E Nets’ new technology strategy to build video apps using a “cross-platform” technical approach is the brainchild of Bahl, who also launched A&E, Lifetime and History TV Everywhere video apps on Android TV and Fire TV platforms. He also implemented video content recommendations using machine learning across all video apps, and developed voice-activated apps for digital assistants for History. Since launching the History Vault subscription VOD product, he’s grown its content while expanding its availability. “Companies need to rigorously assess their policies and disregard any selection criteria that may promote bias during the hiring process,” he notes.
How can diversity be better incorporated into recruiting process?
The media industry as a whole has made great strides in diversity and inclusion in both on and off-camera roles. The industry has responded well to the diverse needs of our content consumers. There is always room to do more; we all should step up outreach in colleges, schools and internship programs to talk about opportunities in the media industry. Companies should employ a diverse set of interviewers. Also, companies need to rigorously assess their policies and disregard any selection criteria that may promote bias during the hiring process.
What does your company/organization do to ensure all employees feel included?
A+E Networks believes in transparency at all levels in the organization. It is one of our core values. Our leadership ensures that our strategic goals and results get communicated to all levels of the organization.
Can you share a successful diversity program at your company or one you’ve observed at another company or organization?
A+E Networks provides internship opportunities to students from The Opportunity Network (OppNet). The Opportunity Network (OppNet) works with students from historically and systematically underrepresented communities in developing their skills, knowledge, and passions to achieve their college and career goals.