Jane Tranter, head of BBC Worldwide Prods.

Women's Impact Report 2012: Executives

“As someone who had a long career in the U.K. television industry and then came to the U.S., I was surprised about the fact that the U.K. and U.S. television industries are united by a common language, but separated by just about everything else. The rules on making high-quality television are different on opposite sides of the Atlantic. They’re like ducks on the water, gliding along but with two little feet paddling in different ways underneath.”

L.A.-based but Oxford-born, Tranter spent the past year overseeing delivery on the most series on air in the company’s history (14); 20 more are in development/pilot stages for network partners including HBO, A&E, Showtime and ABC. Multi-project, multi-year production deal with Starz promises to deliver big in 2013 with “Da Vinci’s Demons.”

Words of wisdom: “Two things: Always employ people more talented than yourself. When you see a production that’s working really well, you see there’s no fear of employing bright and intelligent people. And second, communication is what makes us tick. It’s a very articulate, noisy industry and only join in if you’re nosy and curious and want to find out about people.”

Smartphone habits: “I take my BlackBerry everywhere. I recently went on vacation and for a couple of weeks I had a limited signal and no Internet and I nearly stopped breathing. I have learned the art of BlackBerrying in bed lying in a particular way so the light won’t wake up my husband.”

Work week: “73 hours — a conservative estimate”

Life-work balance: “Always put the children first, no matter what. But understand that you don’t need to do absolutely everything all the time. I prioritize which parent association meeting I do, which child I drop off in the morning — you find ways of chewing out time. And if you say you’re going to do something, you stick with it. My children first, then my work, then my family in the U.K. and my poor husband and dogs come after that. And then, I drink a lot. It’s a completely normal amount for a European, but may not be normal for an L.A. person.”

Charitable passions: “Amnesty Intl. and SeeSaw, a charity based in the U.K. which helps children who have lost their parents. It’s something I feel personally attached to.”

Twitter: None. “I don’t tweet, any more than I put myself in front of a camera.
I adore reading other people’s tweets, though.”What we should know.

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