Tana Jamieson

A+E is transforming into a content powerhouse. Always keeping an eye on current events, Jamieson is developing, among 40 other projects, one from “Dallas Buyers Club” duo Rachel Winter and Craig Borten about the opioid epidemic in America. She says she’d love to have dinner with Mother Teresa to help remind her of what’s truly important in life. “I’m probably as guilty as anyone of missing the big picture, losing a bit of perspective, drifting from spirituality and more concerted efforts to give back,” she says.

Who is your favorite current female TV character and why?
There are so many to love—the darker characters I tend to gravitate toward, a la Offred in “The Handmaid’s Tale” (my new favorite show) but my top pick still is Julie Bowen’s Claire in “Modern Family.”  I can empathize with her: juggling work, kids, household, the slightly nutty extended family, and an adorkable husband… all with a sense of humor, a plucky spirit and an underlying optimism. Plus, like Claire, I’m blonde, I live on the west side, and I’m a big fan of Chardonnay. (Jeez, she’s so much like me!)

What industry topic do you think will dominate industry headlines in 2018 and why?
The rise of SVOD will continue to make news.  Big congrats to Bruce, Warren, Craig, Jordan and everyone else connected to “The Handmaid’s Tale” (did I mention it is my favorite drama not produced by our studio!), Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, et al. are streamers that we sellers are eager to be in business with, offering creative liberties and healthy budgets that will just perpetuate the current Golden Age of TV we’re enjoying.

What is one way the industry can continue to evolve in ridding itself of gender discrimination?
Most discrimination, I’ve found, is unintentional, and unconscious. To raise consciousness of gender discrimination within their organizations and to hold themselves to 2017 standards, companies need to mirror what they did regarding issues of race, sexism and diversity in the 1990s: require employees to attend seminars, educate and empower HR, and keep an accurate, honest tally of how many women are being hired as directors, showrunners, editors, executives, etc. We still have quite a way to go. I bet we can all list those successful female executives, writers and producers who hit home-run after home-run… but still have the same titles for five, seven, even ten years — while men around them get bump after bump, for lesser work.

What famous woman, living or deceased, would you like to have dinner with?
As a Catholic, I should probably say someone like Mother Teresa. We get so caught up in the rat-race of showbiz, I’m probably as guilty as anyone of missing the big picture, losing a bit of perspective, drifting from spirituality and more concerted efforts to give back.  Guilt, guilt, guilt! That said, maybe Mother Teresa—now that she’s officially a saint—could grant me absolution over dessert? 

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