Tanya Giles

It didn’t take long for Comedy Central exec Giles’ Midas touch to rub off on Paramount Network and TV Land. Months after she took the reins of the two additional networks this year, both saw their best first-quarter growth in five years. Meanwhile, Comedy Central’s growth spurt extended to nine consecutive quarters. What advice would she give her younger self? “The hard work will pay off, as will the endless hours watching TV (so stop feeling guilty!).”

What specifically does your company do to support and elevate the women who work there?
Viacom has made a strong commitment to work/life balance programs in an effort to be a first-choice employer. We have an annual Health & Wellness Festival (a weeklong event focused on self-care) and we just wrapped an exciting week of speakers and events dedicated to Inclusion. Also, our Flexible Work Arrangement program provides a variety of methods of modifying working arrangements to meet both professional and personal needs.

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
I would tell the 13-year-old Tanya, “The hard work will pay off, as will the endless hours watching TV (so stop feeling guilty!). And buy NYC real estate earlier.”

Which current shows best reflect the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
“Younger” has emerged as the best workplace comedy on TV this season, particularly how it delves into the pressure that women face as they ascend the corporate ladder. The final season of “Broad City” was an exquisite and heartbreaking look at adulting and its impact on friendship. And how can I not say “Fleabag?” Complex, sexy, vulnerable and hilarious. I even wore the “Fleabag” jumpsuit to the Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin.

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