Nov 11, 2019
By Tara Weiss
“I loved TV when it wasn't cool.”
Our In the Office With ... series, gives Viacom executives the opportunity to reveal a little bit about who they are, how they lead, and what drives them in the day-to-day.
"In this marketplace ... you need to have shows that everybody wants. "
TW: The number of content platforms continues to increase. How does that affect your job?
NC: The competition for content is fierce. But also for talent, whether it's writing talent or acting talent. Amazingly, the appetite [for new content] does not seem to be waning. It also means that there are a lot of buyers, so it cuts both ways.
I think our library gives us an advantage since we’re able to remake films that have been made in the past, though we certainly don't only develop from our library. A show like Devil in the White City is a really good example of that. That is a book that has been in development for a long time on the film side with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio executive producing. We were able to take the book out of the film library and turn it around and sell it to Hulu as a limited series.
TW: And then there’s the Grease series that was recently announced.
NC: Grease is a good example from the standpoint of films that have been produced. It's an incredible asset.
Riding roots: Horseback riding was the only sport I ever did as a kid. I started when I was five years old. I had my own horse and then showed and did hunter and jumper, always riding English style. I went away from it in my late teens and twenties, and then came back to it in my thirties. And then things just got so crazed. I go every year to a dude ranch with my family; I get my little dose there. I always say to myself that I'm going to get back into it, but I haven't figured out how to do it yet.
The show you wish were yours: Succession. It's my favorite show in a long time. I love it so much. The writing, the directing.
Early screen exposure: I was raised by television. I was a latchkey kid who would come home and watch TV. I worked at Spelling Television, it was my first executive job. I was so excited to work at the place that made Fantasy Island. I seriously was a hardcore Fantasy Island fan.