Marni Sabia

Cues and Views

Original content leader Marni Sabia, in brief.

February 7, 2023
3 Minutes
Marni Sabia

Home: Westchester, NY.  Birthplace: South Florida.  Profession: Media and entertainment content.  Organization: NBCUniversal.  Title: VP, Original Content and Development.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Significant other: My husband of 10+ years, John Sabia.  Alma mater: University of Central Florida (Go Knights!).

Recent recognition: My teams have won multiple Emmys.  Best early career development experience: Production assistant on Nickelodeon’s Slime Time Live in Orlando, FL.  Ask me about getting pied in the face on national television!  Latest accomplishment: Celebrated fifteen seasons of the series "Open House", a show that I helped create.  Recently viewed and recommended: Free Yale course on Coursera “The Science of Well-being”.  A game changer for me.  Recent unique acquisition: Started gratitude journaling. 

Personality profile: Creative, intuitive, empathetic, authentic, witty.  Moral compass: No matter how pressing or stressful the situation, I ground myself by remembering it’s not brain surgery.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Mutual respect and collaboration.  What is your greatest joy? The infinite love I have for my children.  What is your guilty pleasure? Any Darren Star series.  What natural talent have you neglected? I used to dance.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Scientists and comedians.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Key West.  

What was your first paying job? Restaurant hostess.  What was your favorite college course? Interpersonal Communication.  We had to perform an original stand-up comedy set.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? A stuffed Ernie (from Sesame Street) doll.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Back to the Future.   What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Artwork by my favorite Web 3 artist and a photo of my children.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? AI.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? I read as many newsletters from companies and organizations I admire as possible to understand what’s being talked about and to spark ideas.  I also listen to what my co-workers and friends are talking about, what they are into.  

What message do you want to send out into the world? 

Focus on living your best life and not how others are living theirs. 

What widely held belief do you reject? The Earth is round (just kidding).  That nice people finish last. What mega-trend most excites you? Web3, the metaverse, artificial intelligence.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Social media. 

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My Bubbie (grandmother).  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A Disney movie animator.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? My seasonal Shutterfly family photo albums, which I spend way too much time perfecting.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my family, playing board games and having a movie night.

Personal mission: Trying to avoid hedonic adaptation at all costs.  Staying motivated and grateful to accept the life and career that I’ve worked so hard for.  Personal motto: Fight for your passions.

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