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At the Huffington Post, Maureen Ryan undertakes an epic investigation into the diversity of premium-cable diversity, and comes to a conclusion that unfortunately boils down to a few simple words: White men. Crunching the numbers over the nearly 40 years of HBO's existence, Ryan finds exactly one one-hour drama series created by a woman, and not a single "original one-hour drama or dramatic miniseries creatively led at its debut by a person of color." (One thing that has changed over that period is the way showrunners are credited, so in some cases the question of who had creative control comes down to an educated guess.) It's hard to exaggerate how bad the numbers are:Of 38 narrative architects of one-hour HBO dramas and dramatic miniseries between 1975 and 2014, Cynthia Mort of "Tell Me You Love Me" (2007), Abi Morgan of "Tsunami: The Aftermath" (2006) and M.M. Kaye, co-writer of "The Far Pavilions" (1984), are the only women, »
- Sam Adams
Failure is inevitable. Success is elusive.
As HBO’s CEO, Michael Fuchs, who’d come up through the company’s programming side, had spent 11 years working to transform the service from a movie channel with some pleasant original filler into a true programming platform. Ironically, Fuchs’ vision wouldn’t come to full fruit until after he’d left the company in May 1995, and it would happen under a guy who had no programming experience at all: Jeff Bewkes, who took over the CEO’s slot after Fuchs’ departure.
A friend of mine in the company who’d worked with Bewkes once explained his programming philosophy while we were talking about some of the company’s big dollar extravaganzas, like Band of Brothers. Bewkes didn’t interfere with the creative side. “If you can make it make business sense to him, Jeff’ll say, ‘Go ahead.’ If you can »
- Bill Mesce
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