Emmy-winning series “Inside the Actors Studio” is back on the air, thanks in large part to Janneman and her team at Ovation. Season 1 of the new incarnation features Al Pacino, Alfree Woodard and Henry Winkler, and interviewers Alec Baldwin, Ellyn Burstyn and Jane Lynch, among others. Janneman also continues to drive Ovation’s Stand For the Arts and Arts Across the Heartland initiatives. “The industry talks about diversity and the importance of diverse voices but the industry lacks the movement toward this direction,” she says.
How can the industry do a better job of recruiting women and ensuring they have a path to senior positions?
The industry talks about diversity and the importance of diverse voices but the industry lacks the movement toward this direction. While there are many females in leadership roles, the highest levels including CEOs and COOs as well as board seats are still dominated by men. The industry needs to make fundamental changes in these areas so that women and minorities see that they too have potential to rise to these positions and then recruitment will be much easier.
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Imagine yourself at 70 years old. What would you want for yourself in this vision- then go for it!
Which current shows best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
“Big Little Lies”—strong female cast with strong story line and the power of female bonds. “Sharp Objects”—strong female leads that show the impact of a dysfunctional mom towards her daughters. The damage done and the strength needed to overcome the pain. “The Handmaid’s Tale”—strong female leads that show the power of women joining together to overcome hardship. One female taking charge and giving other women the belief that they too can make a difference.