Shari Levine

Much of Bravo’s ratings success can be attributed to the keen editorial eye and inner storyteller of Levine. Not only does her department keep finding new content that fits the Bravo brand, but she personally views every cut of each show—that’s more than 500 hours worth of original programming per year—before it goes to air. Levine has a simple piece of advice to help rid the industry of gender discrimination: “Hire more women in key positions and give them more of a voice.”

Who is your favorite current female TV character and why?
Wonder Woman, but she’s not on TV.

What industry topic do you think will dominate industry headlines in 2018 and why?
How to deal with the incredible amount of money Netflix, Apple and Amazon are willing to pay for content. They are out of scale to achieve profitability for the more traditional business venues. It is also challenging to launch new programs when the market is so crowded and there are limited marketing dollars to put behind new shows. How do you let people know you have great new shows for them to watch?

What is one way the industry can continue to evolve in ridding itself of gender discrimination?
Hire more women in key positions and give them more of a voice.

Best advice for relieving stress?
Yoga/working out. Taking the time for yourself to just focus on yourself and push away all the distractions and the noise. Be here, be now. Yoga especially makes that happen.

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