Jeffrey Hirsch, Starz

Leading a network that boasts 75% of its executive team as women and 50% people of color, Jeffrey Hirsh says, “We’ve been relentless about protecting that mandate about putting stories and narratives on the air for women, by women and other underrepresented voices.” Sixty three percent of Starz series leads are people of color and nearly 55% of Starz showrunners are female. But that’s not enough. In February, Hirsch announced the launch of the “Starz Take the Lead” initiative, deepening the company’s commitment to narrative by, about, and for women and underrepresented audiences. Starz is also inspiring others in the industry to do the same through a series of monthly transparency talks.


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