Gwen Marcus

Marcus keeps busy overseeing all of Showtime’s legal affairs, including its programming and distribution transactions, IP, compliance, litigation and regulatory issues. She’s certainly familiar with the company, having first joined Showtime in 1984 as assistant counsel and rising through the ranks. Outside of work, she’s a frequent speaker on diversity and management issues and has been published in the book “Out and About: The LGBT Experience in the Legal Profession.” To keep informed, she watches MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace every day. “She puts country before party and demonstrates her deep concern for our republic and its people,” says Marcus.

What is one of your proudest moments during the pandemic? One proud moment—which is ongoing—concerns the other pandemic of our time: how we’re reacting in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. This has led to some of the most candid, difficult and productive conversations I’ve ever had in the workplace, focusing on how we can implement the change that we wish to see in the world here at Showtime.

How has your leadership style changed during the pandemic? I have a relatively small group, and pre-pandemic, our catch-up sessions were frequent and usually informal. I am far more deliberate and focused now on having weekly staff meetings – not to the exclusion of other impromptu check-ins, but more to ensure that everyone on the team remains connected and engaged while “wfh”.

Who is a female celebrity you admire and why? I admire Nicolle Wallace, whose MSNBC show I DVR every day. She is a veteran of the Bush2 and McCain presidential campaigns, but she puts country before party and demonstrates her deep concern for our republic and its people.

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