With her keen under- standing of the value of storytelling, Fernandez focuses on growing Starz’s original programming while overseeing several series currently in development. The network has significantly ratcheted up its originals during the past few years, and Fernandez has been a steadfast and tireless champion for series including Emmy-nominated “Black Sails,” “Ash vs. Evil Dead” and “Flesh and Bone.” She’s also developing a number of Latino series including “Havana Quartet” starring Antonio Banderas, “Maleficio,” “Santeria” and “Pour Vida.” Noting all sectors of cable could do more for gender equality, she notes, “I’d like to see more women, especially women of color, in writer’s rooms, executive suites and agencies.”

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