Milken Conference: A&E's Nancy Dubuc Says TV Has Too Much 'Copycat Programming' (Video)

Lionsgate's Michael Burns and Electus' Ben Silverman also tell THR their strategies for thriving in the changing media landscape.

Some of the top talent at The Milken Institute Global Conference stopped by to share secrets of their success with The Hollywood Reporter.

Among them was A&E Networks' President and CEO Nancy Dubuc, who said originality in programming was key to staying ahead.

"There's still too much filler, copycat programming that's out there. We work so hard to pioneer new ideas, and then those ideas are just regurgitated by other networks," she told THR. "That's not good for anybody I think. That's not good for our business. That's not good for our audience."

Electus chairman and founder Ben Silverman revealed five advantages to working with digital content. Among them: Getting to partner with stars for unique projects. He touted a rap battle series inspired by Eminem as a project he particularly liked.

Michael Burns, vice chairman at Lionsgate Entertainment, told THR why cross-promotion was great for getting "butts in seats," and how "ultimately consumers get what they want" in today's digital climate.

See Silverman's and Burns' comments below, and find full coverage from the conference here.