Jennifer Caserta, president and g.m. of cabler IFC, describes herself as a very visual person. Her office at the AMC Networks compound across from Madison Square Garden reflects her love of bold imagery that reminds her of both her husband and two boys and the comedy stars at IFC. “We have such a great group of talented, multi-hyphenate comedians we get to work with,” she says. “Having their art on the walls is a great reminder.” And so is the shelf of family photos. “It’s a gentle reminder that it’s time to go home and give them a hug before they go to bed.”
FRED’S THE MAN
Fred Armisen’s impact on IFC is clear just from a glance at Caserta’s walls. When Caserta saw the oil painting of the “Portlandia” star created for the “Documentary Now!” episode that takes on “Grey Gardens,” she had to have it. Another prized memento is her framed ticket to Howard Stern’s 60th Birthday Bash, which Armisen played; Caserta was his date. “That’s probably the most generous gesture I’ve ever had from someone I work with,” she gushes.
Caserta’s love of rock and heavy metal is seen in subtle ways around the office, including her autographed picture from Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and a sketch from a pitch meeting with KISS’ Gene Simmons. “I grew up in the album era when you loved to read every inch of the cover and the liner notes.”
WARM AND FUZZY
Most of the activity in Caserta’s office revolves around meetings with her core exec team and creatives. She prefers to keep those sessions on the couch area in her office rather than a conference room. A jar of candy on the coffee table and a basket of stuffed animals often comes in handy as ice breakers. “It just feels more warmer to me to be in here,” she says.