Abbe Raven, president and chief executive officer of A&E Television Networks (AETN), will be providing a keynote interview at the 2010 Realscreen Summit in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, February 2.
Ms. Raven is one of the most distinguished leaders in cable television today. In this keynote interview session, she’ll share her vision for AETN and her thoughts on the television industry – where it is and where it’s going. Over the last six years, Ms. Raven was named to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Women In Entertainment Power 100 list and Cable World‘s Top 50 Most Influential Women In Cable. In April 2005, Ms. Raven received the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership from the National Cable Television Association, and in May of 2007, she received the Preserve America Presidential Award from First Lady Laura Bush at a White House ceremony for History’s longstanding commitment to historic preservation. In October 2009, Ms. Raven will be inducted into Broadcasting and Cable‘s Hall of Fame.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Raven was president of A&E Network, and before that, executive vice president and general manager, A&E Network and The Biography Channel. Under her watch, A&E revamped its programming to incorporate more ‘real life’ stories, resulting in double-digit growth in the network’s target demo, a reduction of the network’s median age by almost 20 years and a record 24 Emmy nominations.
Before her time with A&E Network, Ms. Raven was executive vice president and general manager, The History Channel, and served as the original architect of its programming schedule.
Ms. Raven became president and CEO in March 2005 of A&E Television Networks, which acquired the Lifetime brands in August 2009. AETN channels reach more than 250 million households in over 140 countries.