Winter joined Lifetime shortly before the first lockdown of 2020, but dove right into creating a COVID-proof programming strategy. She achieved that with the unscripted spinoff “Married at First Sight: Couples Cam” and by executive-producing “Women Making History,” ordering biopics on Salt-N-Pepa and Wendy Williams, and the documentary “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia.” Winter also upped Lifetime’s holiday slate to 35 titles, including one with a disabled lead actress, another with an LGBTQ-centric story, and an Asian-American centered movie that was written, directed, and cast by Asian women. “I am excited to see and be a part of many projects that bring many more layers to female characters and more complexity to storytelling around women,” she says.
What’s one way your company has broadened the recruiting process to ensure greater diversity?
We have overhauled our recruiting and interview processes to ensure we are seeing a broad, diverse group of strong candidates for each hire. And as the pool narrows, candidates with high potential meet several executives across our groups and networks which highlight them for additional opportunities if the current positions aren’t the right fit.
How would you rate the industry regarding gender bias in shows/characters?
I am excited to see and be a part of many projects that bring many more layers to female characters and more complexity to storytelling around women.
What one female empowerment book do you think every woman should read?
“Untamed” by Glennon Doyle.