President, Comedy Central
Ganeless led Comedy Central’s charge this year to break down the wall between the cable channel and the digital space, and make Comedy Central into a lifestyle brand. Highlights of her digital universe include the CC: Stand-Up App, which spotlights more than 700 comics; and Stand-Up Direct, which lets fans stream or download specials for $5 a pop, giving comics a new revenue source as well. Other brand-tastic programs include CC Studios, Comedy Central Radio on Sirius, #ComedyFest and new Comedy Central Certified Clubs across the country. It’s bowing more original programming than ever, with “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Drunk History,” “Kroll Show,” The Jeselnik Offensive,” “Nathan for You,” “Adam Devine’s House Party,” “Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!” and “@Midnight.” Oh, and the cabler’s shows nabbed 18 Emmy noms this year, with Stephen Colbert going home the big winner.