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Inspiring a Storyteller: What A+E Networks CEO Reads

Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks, is the ultimate storyteller: She decides which tales make good television. We wanted to know what feeds the woman who decides what stories make it on air. She answered an email Q&A with Fortune.

Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks, is the ultimate storyteller: She decides which tales make good television. Dubuc joined A+E Networks in 1999 as a programming executive. When she took over HISTORY in 2007 ratings rose to record heights, and since then ad revenue has increased 97%. Last June she became the head of A+E Networks, where she oversees 10 channels, including HISTORY and Lifetime. Her shows are watched in 160 countries that span 37 languages and reach 350 million households.

How do you make time to read?
Technology certainly makes anytime, anyplace a lot easier. Also with the amount of travel I do, I always try and carve out a little time to be inspired by the art of storytelling.

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure read?
I can’t say there’s one thing in this category. Home design magazines, all of them including digital sites now, would be my brain candy read.

Read more: Fortune

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