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Plea from one exec to others: Get over yourselves

I recently interviewed a high-ranking exec at a major US cablecaster and his positive, down-to-earth attitude about his job really impressed me. The television and film industry does have its ...
September 3, 2008

I recently interviewed a high-ranking exec at a major US cablecaster and his positive, down-to-earth attitude about his job really impressed me. The television and film industry does have its share of ego-saturated execs – have you ever been privy to discussions about the wording of titles? It can get plain nasty. But, thankfully, for every diva in this biz there’s a breath of fresh air.

Here are the aforementioned exec’s thoughts on keeping grounded:

“I’m really fortunate, I have a great job, I work with great people, but I don’t let it get to my head, like ‘I’m the head of programming for a television network and you people are insects. That’s stupid. I’ve seen so many people in this business that have had the fortune to really move up and they’ve been great about it. I’ve also seen people I really like and they’ve moved up and they turn into monsters and it’s like, ‘You’re kind of a jerk now – what happened?’ They buy into the whole ‘I’m in 96 million households now or whatever’ thing and it’s like, ‘Yeah, but if you get a pink slip tomorrow, who would you be?’ Just be yourself. I always say ‘Follow the Golden Rule and be true.’ And I always tell people to be diplomatically honest.”

Makes sense to me.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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