IFC veteran Bocco took the reins of the AMC Networks studio last December. Her deep connections within and understanding of the global indie cinema community continues to serve her well as she oversees acquisitions, productions, marketing, publicity and theatrical distribution, plus the IFC Films Unlimited subscription streaming service, which launched in North America in 2019. “We still have a long way to go both in front of the camera and behind the camera” regarding gender bias, says Bocco, who cites her father as a “shining example” of male allyship. “But I am encouraged that there are more women in leadership roles and that the conversation is more out in the open.”
What’s one way your company has broadened the recruiting process to ensure greater diversity?
We have reached out and established relationships with a multitude of schools and organizations in our local area and every time we have an open position including for interns we make sure that we ask for as many candidates as possible. We don’t rely on one source for recruitment so we are ensured to get a more diversified pool of applicants.
How would you rate the industry regarding gender bias in shows/characters?
We still have a long way to go both in front of the camera and behind the camera but I am encouraged that there are more women in leadership roles and that the conversation is more out in the open. Change is hard and can be slow but it is necessary, and I am optimistic.
Do you have an example of male allyship that made a difference to you?
My father will always be the shining example of male allyship. Someone who gives you the tools to succeed and supports you along every step of the way. It is a rare find.
What one female empowerment book do you think every woman should read?
“Lead From the Outside” by Stacey Abrams. Sometimes it is easy to feel overwhelmed on how to channel your strengths and passion to effect change – personal, professional and activist change and her guidance on leadership and making a difference is inspirational.