If someone had told me Lauren Faust was the executive producer of Friendship is Magic and one of the main producers of those shows, I would have been less likely to try watching ponies.
“Lauren Faust” wasn’t a factor to make me watch it
I really hated Foster’s (I’ve already had people go “OMG HOW COULD YOU >:(“, don’t bother) and I liked PPG way back but I’ve never been obsessed with it at all.
I WAS coincidentally rewatching it last year before I found FiM, but that was only a coincidence (I was watching PPG because of Panty & Stocking).
Faust wasn’t a factor for me either
I didn’t dislike Fosters but I was never interested in it, after the turn of the millennium I stopped watching most TV
I liked PPG, though
But I’m indifferent towards the people behind things, it usually doesn’t sway me towards liking anything in one way or another