Think the annual SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expos are big events? Wait to see what Henderson has in store for next year, which marks the organization’s 50th anniversary. Asked about the industry’s most dramatic change in recent years, she says, “The industry cable associations working closer together to bring about the change in diversity across all areas of the industry, especially in STEM careers.”
A February 2018 UCLA study revealed that of the 45 new scripted shows approved for 2017-18 across broadcast, cable and digital platforms, only four were from creators of color, all of whom were black. What is your reaction to this report?
What are the demographics of the people reviewing/approving the scripts?
What’s a recent example of a step forward for diversity in the industry?
I love the TV show “Black-ish.” Shows all the lifestyle, economic and social consciousness diversity in the African-American family.
In what areas should the industry step up its efforts with regard to diversity and inclusion?
Continue to build diverse teams.
What’s your best advice to someone just entering the video content/distribution industry?
Be yourself, do the work, never stop learning, pay it forwards and stay away from anyone not doing these four things.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
The industry cable associations working closer together to bring about the change in diversity across all areas of the industry, especially in STEM careers.
If there were a reality show based on your office, what would it be called?
“Property Brothers.” We help people transform their careers.