Fuentes ascended to Showtime’s top PR post in May, a recognition of both her communications business acumen and hard work. She has a deep understanding not only of Showtime but of the broader industry, making her an ideal choice to lead the company’s messaging. “As more women gain a seat at the table, the conversations and issues of discrimination have more powerful and empathetic voices in a position of leadership at companies and in production spaces to actually affect change,” she says.
Who is your favorite current female TV character and why?
I’d say the characters I most relate to are Leslie Knope, Liz Lemon and Olivia Pope (minus all the murder and sleeping with the President). Bad-ass women who are complicated and get stuff done, while not losing themselves personally and professionally are my favorites.
What industry topic do you think will dominate industry headlines in 2018 and why?
The continued lack of diversity for people of color both behind and in front of the camera, as well the need for more women, and LGBTQ voices across our industry.
What is one way the industry can continue to evolve in ridding itself of gender discrimination?
As more women gain a seat at the table, the conversations and issues of discrimination have more powerful and empathetic voices in a position of leadership at companies and in production spaces to actually affect change.
What famous woman, living or deceased, would you like to have dinner with?
Oprah. Always Oprah.
Best advice for relieving stress?
Depends on the day—but spending time on a beach with a good book, or seeing a great live concert always helps.