Sarah Barnett

Years in Cable: 16

Education: BA (Hons)

One Word that Best Describes Me: Verbal

AMC might get more attention, but its sibling networks are nipping at its heels. Led by Caserta, IFC in December saw its highest-rated month in network history thanks to innovative series like “Documentary Now!” and “Stan Against Evil” joining the long-running “Portlandia” and earning spots on several lists of the best shows of 2016. Likewise, Juris improved WE tv’s primetime ratings across all key demos in 2016. The network’s new reality show “Mama June: From Not to Hot” started generating buzz before its February premiere, and that’s just one of the original series already announced for 2017. Meanwhile, BBC America continues drawing viewers—and raves—with breakout series “Orphan Black,” which coupled with the long-anticipated new season of “Doctor Who” and the generation-spanning “Planet Earth” has BBC America poised for one if its best years yet.


What inspires you most about this industry? The endlessly brilliant talent from show creators.

Three years from now, what do you hope has been invented? A bullet train between NYC and upstate, so that I could permanently live up there.

What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Curiosity, Courage, Capacity to surprise.

Which TV family is most like your own? That of Donald Glover’s character in “Community.”

How do you celebrate your birthday? Nonchalantly.

How long is your morning commute? 15-minute walk!

New favorite binge: “The Missing S2”

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