“Broadcast networks aren’t going anywhere,” ICM Partners’ Co-Managing Director Ted Chervin told Jack Myers and me during a recent dinner at Michael’s in Santa Monica. “They’re different from what they were, but they are still a major opportunity in advertiser supported television.”
“It’s not a bad thing to want to feel good,” declared Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President of Programming and Network Publicity for Crown Media Family Networks, during a recent dinner with Jack Myers and me at Michael’s restaurant in Santa Monica. The topic, of course, was television. “I love all kinds of television," she said. "I watch everything. There's a lot of room for dark and edgy programs. But I also know there is a lot of room for what we do. Look at the spectrum of the life experience. There’s this whole range of how people live their lives and how they want to see it reflected in art and entertainment. That’s something we have to pay attention to in a big way.”
Most people in media know Henry Schleiff for his executive leadership over the years at Viacom, HBO, Court TV, Hallmark Channel and now Discovery, where he is currently Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. Few if any know, though, that in the late Seventies his very first foray into the television business was as a freelance writer for NBC’s Saturday Night Live.