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    Sharon Levy
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    Sharon Levy
    Executive VP original series, Spike TV

    How does Levy program a network that caters almost entirely to men? First, she’ll tell you that she has spent much of her life thinking about what men like. Then she acknowledges that she very often likes what men like.

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    “Firing guns, tattoos, dirty movies,” says the onetime Comedy Central publicist. The synergy is paying off for the Viacom-owned cable network, which has broadened its purview to include older male (and the occasional female) viewers under Levy’s watch.

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    The native of Long Island, 42, has scored with series like Ink Master and Bar Rescue, and has high hopes for the newly law enforcement show Undercover Stings and a mixed-martial arts series about the Bellator Fighting Championships.

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