Jacqueline Cantore is a highly respected content executive with an extensive record in top media organizations in a career that practically spans the globe – US, Spain, Italy, India, Japan, Latin America. With Brazil atop the zeitgeist between a World Cup and the Olympics, Jacqueline saw an opportunity to work with her native country again and created a screenwriting event to mentor Brazilian writers using the US model. She partnered with the pay TV leader in the country, Globo, curated and produced the Screenwriting event and started consulting to their Creative Development Hub. With Globo since then, Cantore has been overseeing script development for a few of their channels, and advising senior management on content for new international pay TV channels. Her last corporate position in the US was with A&E Networks Latin America, where she was Vice-President of Programming & Production, responsible for re-positioning the brand, creating a four-year strategic programming plan, developing and producing the first original unscripted hit series for the network, El Luchador; and helping the channel reach #1 in ratings for the first time in its history. Cantore’s brilliant career has been distinguished with notable accomplishments in both creative and executive, always driven by strategic vision and leadership. She’s been part of 11 successful start-ups; led teams of all sizes; and has embraced the many changes in media with the same passion she thrived in traditional linear channels, making her a sophisticated, well-rounded, and very unique content executive.
The foundation of her career started when she majored in Communications in Brazil. Jacqueline majored in journalism, and started working with TV, her greatest passion, very early on. At first, she produced variety shows for Globo Organization, the leading media company in Latin America, then joined Viacom to launch MTV in Brazil in the 90’s, where she stayed five years holding several positions, such as News Chief Editor, Executive Producer and Head of News & Specials. She built teams, developed originals; and ran local versions of MTV franchises House of Style and MTV Sports. Cantore also spearheaded all live broadcasts, like Rock in Rio, Olympics, and daily MTV news. Each host selected by her is today a major celebrity in the region.
In 1997, Cantore returned to Globo to launch the first private educational TV channel in Brazil, Futura. She was credited with creating an innovative programming repackaging know-how; and was promoted to General Manager after a year with the channel, with creative, logistical and financial oversight. Futura is considered a landmark in Education in Brazil, bringing together private entrepreneurs with two media giants, Globo and CNN.
Despite a stellar career in Brazil, Jacqueline decided she wanted an international careeer and moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to join Fox International Channels as Head of Programming, Production and Acquisitions for Fox Kids & Canal Fox Latin America. She kept cable channel Canal Fox #1 in ratings across the regions; and spearheaded Fox Kids’ impressive growth, developing an award-winning worldwide event, the Fox Kids Cup, with 300,000 kids every year. She was also a key executive to revamp programming in Fox Japan, Sky Italy and start-up Canal Fox Spain.
In 2004 Cantore worked at Star TV in India very briefly before returning to Viacom as Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions for MTV Latin America. She was responsible for all editorial content on air, including programming planning and acquisitions. Cantore spearheaded acclaimed broadcast of Live 8 in five different countries; collaborated with regionalizing MTV teams to Latin America, developed the first international Spike channel outside the US (Spain); and faced the challenging US Hispanic market by re positioning MTV Tr3s’s programming. In 2008, she created two new channels for BBC Worldwide: BBC Entertainment and Cbeebies for US Hispanic and Latin America; collaborated with Fox Television Studios on the following year; and still found the time to delve into the world of apps, creating a web-based collaborative project.
Working with Brazil since 2012, she commutes between Rio and Miami, where she lives. Cantore has a BA in Journalism from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, attended UCLA for TV Programming & Development specialization, and keeps her professional development continuous by yearly courses, seminars and conferences, mostly in Screenwriting and Development. She also runs an NGO dedicated to media and education, and in her free time enjoys traveling and exploring architecture landmarks.