Courtney Menzel Edgerton

EPIX had a growth spurt this year, due in large part to the efforts of Menzel. She led the way for deals with traditional and emerging players, including a partnership with A&T/DirecTV that brought EPIX to near full distribution, plus oversaw launches on YouTube TV, Roku Channels and Amazon Prime Video Channels and Apple’s new TV app. She also had a large hand in the launch of the net’s new streaming service EPIX Now. “Incentives and perks are great but being treated on par with men when it comes to compensation and advancement is most critical,” she says.

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
I don’t know who said it but I love this quote: “If you don’t ask the answer will always be no.”

Which current shows best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
I’m not sure what it says about me but I seem to be drawn to “anti-heroines” who make me laugh. I absolutely loved “Fleabag.” It was great to see a female character navigate her struggling career, a “complicated” love life, the death of her best friend, strained relationships with her family… all without ever losing her sense of humor. “Killing Eve’s” Villanelle may be a psychopathic assassin but I oddly ended up rooting for her… murder after gruesome murder. She’s not traditionally likable but she still projects intelligence, confidence and depth. Plus I think she’s hilarious.

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