Five TV Execs Talk Shop at Hollywood Reporter RoundTable
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Five C-suite level TV executives gathered for
The Hollywood Reporter’s roundtable to discuss the opportunities and challenges
that arise when working with traditional basic cable vs. premium content
subscriptions, as well as how to stand out in a world bursting with TV content.
Among the Five are Netflix chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, HBO CEO Richard
Plepler, A+E Networks’ Nancy Dubuc, AMC Networks’ Josh Sapan, and NBC
Universals’ Bonnie Hunter.
Ted Sarandos discussed Netflix’s one on one
relationship with subscribers who are always just one click away from
canceling, their big budget endeavors as well as their lower budget pleasant
surprises in projects such as Stranger Things, and the
company’s ‘build it rather than buy it mentality’.
Richard Plepler said, "More is not better, only
better is better,” and leveled with us on how difficult it is to keep up with
increasing amounts of content.
Nancy Dubuc spoke about cable network Viceland,
the importance of staying on brand, and global programming.
Josh Sapan defended taking leaps of faith
saying, "Early on, it was, ‘Why are you doing dramas that cost too much and you
can't monetize? It'll drown your company.’ Followed by, ‘Who are you going to
be when Breaking Bad and Mad Men go off
the air? You've got nothing, that's your identity and your destiny.’”
Bonnie Hammer talked about the perks of owning
content, and the ability to redistribute it in different ways if it doesn’t
perform as well as hoped.
- Contributed by Amanda Haas
- Read the full RoundTable at HollywoodReporter.com