EVP, Global Communications, Discovery Communications
Russo oversees global communications spanning the company’s international operations across Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. By promoting Discovery Networks International’s organic growth and cultivating a strong international communications team, she has led Discovery Networks International to unprecedented growth while elevating the profiles of the company’s senior executives, including J.B. Perrette, president and CEO of Discovery Networks International. In terms of women’s roles she likes to see on TV, Russo praises SundanceTV’s “The Honorable Woman” for its “powerful female lead with a strong moral compass and less focus on her romantic life.”
Which sector of the cable industry best demonstrates gender equality? Which could use some enlightenment?
Programming seems to be the most diverse, which makes sense if you are trying to reach a diverse audience. Otherwise, there is still more work to do elsewhere in leadership roles that are not traditionally female-led.
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Ask for more help. Don’t feel like you have to figure out everything on your own. Helping others is a gift… to both you and them.
Which current programming best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
It’s a bit old, but one of my favorite series from last year was “The Honorable Woman.” Powerful female lead with a strong moral compass and less focus on her romantic life.