Irene Mastro Surace is Manager of Production Scheduling Operations at A+E Television Networks, a global entertainment media company with six original brands: A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime, Viceland, FYI, and LMN. Irene leads a team that is responsible for the execution, management, and tracking of all Production scheduling workflows within multiple platforms on behalf of the enterprise endpoints.
Having been with A+E since 2003, Irene’s expertise has kept pace with the dramatic changes experienced by the cable industry during that time. Most recently, A+E restructured its business to expand the user experience on a global level. As a result, the work of Irene’s Production Scheduling Operations team has multiplied in volumes and complexity, and is now the HUB for the Production Services division. All content flows through her pipeline for distribution, and she is driven to create innovative workflows and efficiencies for expedient delivery for all internal business partners. Irene has excelled in implementing strategies to sustain superior customer service across the board, build trusting relationships, and be a reliable source for the enterprise. Demonstrating exceptional leadership skills, Irene empowers her team to communicate and contribute ideas that have led to exceptional productivity – the reward for respecting her people as the fuel that drives operations.
Prior to her work with A+E, Irene earned a Bachelor of Arts & Science degree, as well as, a Master’s in Teaching from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. She landed her first job as a News Assistant at Fox 5 WNYW in the Big Apple. After news, she took a unique job working as a Media Director for Iona College assisting Video, Radio, and Studio production classes.
On a personal level, being the youngest of five children, Irene is extremely well grounded and strives to live life to the fullest with her family and friends. She makes every day count and loves to laugh, dance, workout, and go wine tasting! In her free time, she finds tremendous joy spending quality time with her husband, Chris, and daughter, Stella.