Pan’s checked some major accomplishments in the streaming arena during the past year. She launched AMC’s thriller-centric streaming service Shudder, brought Sundance to Germany, staged a 24-hour marathon hosted by horror film host Joe Bob Briggs, and launched Sundance Now series “Motherland.” Next up, she’s focusing on expanding the footprints of both Sundance Now and Shudder. Pan is proud to work at the company whose network BBC America launched “Killing Eve,” starring Sandra Oh, the first Asian woman ever to be Emmy-nominated for best actress in a drama series. “As an Asian American woman, that’s great to see,” she says.
What’s a recent example of a step forward for diversity in the industry?
I feel so proud to work at the company that brought the amazing “Killing Eve” (on BBC America) to the U.S. audience. Not only is it the first scripted series in more than a decade to grow its linear audience week over week, it also led Sandra Oh to be the first Asian woman ever to be Emmy-nominated for the Best Actress in a Drama Series. As an Asian American woman, that’s great to see. “Killing Eve” demonstrates that diversity on screen can also mean both critical and commercial success.
What’s your best advice to someone just entering the video content/distribution industry?
Let your passion and curiosity guide you. Anything is possible and the industry is more dynamic than ever. Keep on learning as much as you can. Talk to people and understand what they do in the industry.