Always looking for innovative ways to grow the Turner brands’ footprint, Mirgorod this year added new distribution partners to her oversight, including YouTube TV and AT&T Watch. As the mother of two young daughters, she says she’s gratified to see the response to Me Too, noting, “The attention it has brought to a problem long ignored should have a lasting impact on media and business, in general.” Looking at the change in the industry, she notes, “Mergers and acquisitions in media are stealing the headlines.”
What are your thoughts on the industry’s current response to the #MeToo movement, and its treatment of men who have been accused of sexual harassing and/or assaulting women and men? Are there other steps you feel should be taken?
As the mother of two daughters aged 10 and 12, it’s been gratifying to see the response to the #MeToo movement. The attention it has brought to a problem long ignored should have a lasting impact on media and business, in general. I’m hopeful that my girls will enter the workforce in 10 years with Time’s Up, a long forgotten, no longer needed organization.
Who is an inspirational woman you admire, and why?
My powerful female colleagues and friends inspire me on a daily basis. These include the fantastic women featured on the cover of this magazine: Sandra Dewey, Sarah Aubrey, Molly Battin, Jill King, Christina Miller, Donna Northington, Louise Sams, Angela Santone, Jennifer Dorian, Donna Speciale and Hania Poole. Each plays an important role at Turner, in her community and in her family. I sit in meetings and am constantly inspired by their power, poise and commitment to our organization and all of the places interact.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
Mergers and acquisitions in media are stealing the headlines. With Discovery/Scripps, AT&T/Time Warner, Disney/Fox, and Comcast/Sky, platform and content owners are reallocating resources to more effectively compete with FANG.