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Who Is Gary

Who Is Gary Lico?

Gary with the Microphone Gary’s a 45+ year veteran of TV program sales, development, production, research, scheduling and even hosted a TV talk-show!  For more than 20 years, Gary Lico ran the company he founded, CABLEready, the first programming company dedicated exclusively to US cable networks.

Original programs developed by Gary over the years include FORENSIC FILES®, INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO, MONSTER QUEST, DEALS FROM THE DARKSIDE, INTERSECTIONS, SAW DOGS, WOMEN BEHIND BARS, SECRET LIVES OF WOMEN and scores of others. CABLEready’s third party, global representation business partnered with rights holders like Discovery, National Geographic, Reelz, TruTV, TV Guide and top independent producers such as Medstar Television, LMNO, Hoff Productions, Burrud Films and many more.

In 2010, as the company’s revenue was topping $15M, a storm of cancellations of its three top revenue-producers sent CABLEready on a downhill spiral ending with the closing of the company in 2013. Gary co-administrated the estate, but not before generating another $1M to creditors’ settlement. His transparency through CABLEready’s success and to it's liquidation, along with his relationships, reputation and experience, made it a softer landing for his clients.

In 2013, Gary was granted the exclusive global distribution rights to FORENSIC FILES, which he co-developed with Medstar Television in 1995.

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Gary's Background

SFM Entertainment - Syndication Sales
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee - Talk Show Host & Producer
Katz Communications - Television Programmer
Columbia Pictures (Sony) - Syndication and Cable Sales
CABLEready - Founder and CEO

Gary's Education

B.A.A. Central Michigan University
M.S. The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

Giving Back

Since Gary began his career in 1976, he’s been actively involved with virtually every industry organization, particularly working with students and educators, to provide a deeper understanding of television programming. 

Among his accomplishments:

NATPE Board Member | NATPE Educational Foundation Board Member | Initiated and managed the NATPE Food Drive | National President of AERho /The National Broadcasting Society | RealScreen Summit Advisory Board | Vice President of CINE, the indie filmmaker's society | Co-chair IRTS Faculty/Industry Seminar and Intern Program | Adjunct professor and Advisory Board Vice-Chair at The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University | Frequent speaker, panelist, moderator, trade magazine contributor, lecturer and mentor.

Benefactor - Tom and Audrey Lico Scholarship
                                Central Michigan University
Benefactor - Dean's Fund at The Newhouse School
                                                Syracuse University

Awards & Recognitions

Awarded the Pioneer Award for Continuing Professionalism & Service to the Industry & Students By the Central Michigan University Broad Casting & Cinematic Arts School

Awarded the Richard M. Uray Award for Excellence By the National Broadcasting Society (AERho)

Central Michigan University Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Pioneer Award

Named to INC. Magazine Top 5000 Small Businesses Four Times

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Gary At Industry Events Over The Years


"Your insight into the television industry and practical advice are things I will take with me"

"I was incredibly inspired by your candid stories of what you've faced and the ways in which you dealt with them"

"Your kind words made a world of difference"

"Your happiness and resiliency are an inspiration"

"Your energy and life tips were a great source of motivation"

"I feel I came away with a better grasp of the tricks of the trade"---