Leslie Furuta

Being up “Schitt’s Creek” doesn’t sound like a good place to be, but as Pop’s top talent relations exec, Furuta is in prime position as she focuses on the net’s hit series as well as other original programming including “Swedish Dicks” and “Hollywood Darlings.” She brings a keen understanding of both business issues and industry trends to her role, making her a trusted adviser to the network’s senior management. “ER” reruns are part of Pop’s lineup, but it’s Dr. Doug Ross’ real-life wife—Amal Clooney—whom Furuta admires “for her accomplishments as an international barrister, humanitarian and mother… she makes it all look effortless.”

What’s a recent example of a step forward for women in the media industry?
The #MeToo movement represents momentum forward by igniting a much-needed conversation in our industry. There’s a lot of work to be done but I think we’re all empowered more than ever before to activate and engage.

Who is an inspirational woman you admire, and why?
Amal Clooney—for her accomplishments as an international barrister, humanitarian and mother while cast in the spotlight alongside her famous husband. She makes it all look effortless.

 If there were a reality show based on your office, what would it be called?
“ #scrappy”

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