MTV, President of Programming
Susanne Daniels has worked as a network television executive for over twenty years. As President of Lifetime Television, she was responsible for all programming on Lifetime Television and Lifetime Movie Network, the two highest-rated women’s networks in cable television at the time. While at Lifetime, Ms. Daniels launched the channel’s highest-rated drama series in its history, “Army Wives,” in addition to many award-winning original movies.
Prior to Lifetime, she served as President of The WB (now The CW) where she oversaw development for ten years, launching “Dawson’s Creek”; “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”; “Charmed”; “Gilmore Girls”; “7th Heaven”; “Smallville”; and many more series. Before The WB, Ms. Daniels served as VP, Comedy for Fox Television, where she helped program “Martin” (Lawrence) and “Living Single” (Queen Latifah). And prior to Fox, Ms. Daniels oversaw specials and variety series for ABC, including the American Comedy Awards, American Music Awards, “Happy Days Reunion,” and an MTV Anniversary Special.
Ms. Daniels, with co-writer Cynthia Littleton, authored Season Finale: The Unexpected Rise and Fall of The WB and UPN. The book is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at former rival broadcast networks UPN and The WB, and how and why they merged into The CW Network.
As a producer, Ms. Daniels developed ABC Family’s biggest hit drama series, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” She also served as Executive Producer for The WB’s “The Lone Ranger,” starring Chad Michael Murray, and Lifetime’s “Marry Me,” a four-hour miniseries, starring Lucy Liu.
As a consultant, Ms. Daniels worked on the launch of Viacom’s successful network, Teen Nick, as well as on the launch of the television division of Media Rights Capital. Currently, she consults for the Oprah Winfrey Network.
A graduate of Harvard University, Ms. Daniels began her career as an assistant to producer Lorne Michaels on the award-winning, late-night staple “Saturday Night Live.” She was promoted to Manager of Development for Michaels’ Broadway Video Entertainment, where, among other projects, she helped develop “The Kids in the Hall.”
In addition to Children Now, Ms. Daniels serves on the boards of Women in Film (which honored her with The Women in Film Business Leadership Award in 2009); Common Sense Media Advisory Board (Los Angeles), and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (which honored her in 1999 for her leadership role in making teen pregnancy prevention a top priority in the media industry).