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    Why Starz Is Looking for Truth and Spectacle and Bringing In Talent From Outside the TV Realm Like 50 Cent and Michael Bay

    Starz's managing director Carmi Zlotnik talks about betting big on pirate drama "Black Sails," the two essential elements he looks for in all new series and bringing multicultural voices to the network by way of originals from 50 Cent and LeBron James.

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    Why Syfy is Embracing Transmedia With Its New Series While Chiller Looks to Indie Directors For Its Horror Originals

    Dave Howe, the head of Syfy and the recently launched horror channel Chiller, talks making shows people want to "live, eat and breathe," the continuing appeal of "Battlestar Galactica" and why they like to work with indie filmmakers.

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    Why Despite Its Roots in Doc Programming, Nat Geo's Been Finding New Success in Scripted Films

    National Geographic Channels president Howard T. Owens talks introducing scripted programming to a brand known for docs and nature fare, making "smartertainment" and the inherent optimism of doomsday preppers.

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    Why Dramas Like 'Bates Motel' Are So Important for A&E, Even When the Network's Topping the Reality Rankings With 'Duck Dynasty'

    A&E's General Manager David McKillop explains why scripted programming is still so important to the network even when it has one of the biggest reality hits on air, and why he loved the Vera Farmiga freakout supercut.

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    With 'Breaking Bad' Over and 'Mad Men' In Its Final Season, How AMC is Preparing for the Future

    AMC's President Charlie Collier talks about the future of the network with two of its defining series finished or coming to an end, the recent move into spin-offs, splitting up seasons and why live TV is still important.

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    How HBO Has Stayed on Top of the Game by Embracing Stories With Endings and Making Sunday the Best TV Night of the Week

    HBO's president of programming Michael Lombardo talks "True Detective," why the network remains more focused on making series than movies, whether HBO Go will ever be available as an a la carte service and how Sunday night became the most competitive on the TV schedule.

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    Why Showtime Wants Series That Are 'A Little Bit Dangerous,' Even If That Means Moving Away From Big, Serialized Dramas

    In 1976, Showtime became one of the first cable channels to achieve national distribution. The network began producing original programming in the early '80s, but it wasn't until the arrival of "The L Word," "Weeds" and "Dexter" in the mid-2000s that it's identity really came together.

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    How Sundance Channel's Indie Film Roots Can Be Felt In Its Original Dramas

    Check out our interview with Sarah Barnett, the President and General Manager of Sundance Channel.

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    Why Its UK Influence Has Allowed BBC America to Be Ahead of the Curve as a 'Very Auteur-Oriented Channel'

    In the first installment of an ongoing interview series with network heads, Indiewire catches up with BBC America's Perry Simon.

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