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Now that the US economy has settled down into what economists get paid to cleverly spin as 'negative growth,' broadcasters will inevitably have to get more creative. And it's not just the US. When America catches cold, the world sneezes.
June 1, 2008

Now that the US economy has settled down into what economists get paid to cleverly spin as ‘negative growth,’ broadcasters will inevitably have to get more creative. And it’s not just the US. When America catches cold, the world sneezes.

While in previous years our Broadcast Mavericks reports have been expansive (though hardly exhaustive) reflections on risk takers in the industry, this year we offer a more conservative list for our more conservative times. What follows are some of the executives in the industry who have taken bold steps which, in one way or another, have resonated through the entire industry. Some have made their mark, while others are positioning to be industry shakers in the months to come.

A&E/HC’s Abbe Raven and Nancy Dubuc

WGA’s Patric Verrone

BBC’s Mark Thompson

HBO

NBC’s Jeff Zucker and Ben Silverman

AJ’s Tony Burman

Mavericks in the making: Dateline UK

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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