Michele Ganeless Featured in Fast Company

Michele+Ganeless+Om_DelcjkyQmWe have always been a big fan of Michele Ganeless, president of Comedy Central.  As you will recall, she gave us this gem of a phrase during April’s Generation W Conference:  “Always assume positive intent.”  Assuming positive intent in the workplace means choosing to assume that your co-workers are doing what is best for the company and their colleagues–not just themselves.  Perhaps Michele was thinking of this phrase when Stephen Colbert told her he would be leaving the network’s hit The Colbert Report to take David Letterman’s late-night slot.

“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for Stephen.  I’m so proud of him and happy for him.  I took a deep breath and thought, Okay, we have probably the broadest, most diverse portfolio of talent that we have ever had, many of whom have multiple ideas in their heads.  We couldn’t be better positioned.   We sat down with our development team, and a short while later, Jon [Stewart] brought us an idea that he wants to bring to life with Larry Wilmore,” said Michele during an interview with Fast Company.  “Never bet against Jon Stewart. I have learned that. The talent that Jon has brought to light on The Daily Show is a mile long: Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Rob Corddry.”

Click here to read Michele’s full Fast Company interview and get a quick look at some of Comedy Central’s newer offerings such as Inside Amy Schumer and Key & Peele.