Dinnage stepped on the accelerator when she took her new post in November 2017. Under her leadership, in Q1 this year the net had its highest-rated quarter in primetime among A25-54 in nearly two years, with viewership up 20 percent. She spearheaded the return of the Irwin family to Animal Planet in late October, with a series that premiered in 350 million homes around the globe. She references matriarch Terri Irwin as an inspirational figure in her life. “Terri has made a difference in the world in so many ways, from her children to wildlife to I’m sure anyone who has met her,” she says. Dinnage is also on the board of All3media, the Discovery and Liberty Global jointly owned group of 18 production companies, and is an executive member of the Discovery Women’s Network and Chair of the Commercial Broadcasters Assn.
Who is an inspirational woman you admire, and why?
Terri Irwin—she is so inspiring! Terri has made a difference in the world in so many ways, from her children to wildlife to I’m sure anyone who has met her.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
Global! Animal Planet is a global network available to 360 million homes around the world.
If there were a reality show based on your office, what would it be called?