After wholly revamping the Bravo Network, media trendsetter Lauren Zalaznick is inventing fresh ways for NBC Universal to reach coveted new audiences across multiple media.

Why you should listen

In her industry-famous overhaul of Bravo, Lauren Zalaznick took a marginal arts-centered network and made it the destination for trendy reality TV. Now the tastemaker who brought us shows like Project Runway, Top Chef and the Real Housewives franchise is applying her savvy to the challenge of creating a truly multimedia network. As chair of NBC Universal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media, Zalaznick is using digital media to fuel the popularity of traditional media.

Before her career in television, Zalaznick produced several award-winning indie films, including Larry Clark’s iconic Kids and Jim McKay’s Girls Town. She broke into TV as a senior executive at music channel VH1, pioneering the low-budget, simple and cunning Pop-Up Video. Her sharp pop-culture sensibility has earned her a place among Time’s 100 Most Influential People, Vanity Fair’s New Establishment and Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women. 

What others say

“Lauren is an example of taking information anywhere you can get it, be it literature, the news, advertising. Her gift is to be able to take that material and become both a trend-spotter and a trendsetter.” — Garland Waller, Boston University

Lauren Zalaznick’s TED talks

Quotes from Lauren Zalaznick

Is television literally functioning as our conscience, tempting us and rewarding us at the same time?
Lauren Zalaznick
TEDWomen 2010 • 510K views Sep 2011
Informative, Fascinating
Television directly reflects the moral, political, social and emotional need states of our nation.
Lauren Zalaznick
TEDWomen 2010 • 510K views Sep 2011
Informative, Fascinating