Executive Vice President, Programming, Acquisitions & Scheduling
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Jane Blaney was named executive vice president in June 2008. As head of the department, Blaney oversees all acquisitions for USA, including series, theatrical films and specials as well as the network's entire program schedule and long-term program scheduling strategy. Based in New York, Blaney reports to Bonnie Hammer, president, Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios.
Since 1994, Blaney has been instrumental in USA Network's aggressive buying of network windows of blockbuster films and acquisition of off-network series. Some of Blaney's acquisitions include the hits "Sex and the City," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "The Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, "The Bourne Identity" and "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Enchanted," and "Casino Royale." Acquired series include "House," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "NCIS."
Blaney's accomplishments have helped drive USA's success over the past several years. USA currently boasts four of the top five acquired series in cable among P25-54: "House" (#1); "NCIS" (#3); "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"(#4) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (#5). In addition, "House" remains #1 in cable for P18-49. On the theatrical front, Blaney's strategic scheduling of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," which along with the other two films in the Indiana Jones trilogy aired on USA timed to the launch of "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skulls," was the highest-rated theatrical movie on cable since "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" in 7/15/06. "Pirates" had in turn delivered the biggest numbers for a theatrical airing in USA's history, making USA the #1 network in all of television during the time period. USA has been #1 in Primetime for all of cable for the past two years and the #1 entertainment network seven quarters in a row (since 3Q06) among key demos.
Blaney's career has spanned over 28 years at USA Network. Prior to her promotion, she was senior vice president, programming, a position she's held since October 2000, and before that, vice president, program acquisitions and scheduling since 1994. Blaney joined USA in 1980 when she began her career in the company's advertising sales department.
Blaney resides in Montvale, N.J. with her husband, Jeff, four dogs and a cat.