Telemundo’s Production and Development EVP’s Advice for Tense Work Situations: ‘Don’t React in the Moment’

Office With a View: Karen Barroeta says taking your time and using emotional intelligence can pay off


When faced with tense work situations, Karen Barroeta recommends that industry newcomers hone their emotional intelligence and rein in one’s immediate feelings when confronted with a difficult conversation.

“It’s very important when there are situations, that you learn first to listen to others [and] find feedback [from] people that you trust,” Barroeta, the executive vice president of production and development at Telemundo Global Studios, told TheWrap for this week’s Office With a View. “Don’t react in the moment. Find time to think about the situation and then strategize about it.”

As she leads the network’s development strategy and oversees all long-form scripted productions across mediums, Barroeta scopes out pilots and projects that will appeal to Spanish-speaking audiences across the country for the NBCUniversal-owned property, which currently stands as the largest producer of Spanish-language scripted content in the United States.