Russo is overseeing all facets of communications for Discovery’s first Olympic Games, with sports brand Eurosport being the Home of the Olympics in Europe for 2018 through the 2024. Additionally, she was appointed to the IOC Communications Commission, tasked with advising the IOC Session, the IOC Executive Board and the IOC president on making sure the Olympics are promoted globally. Russo recommends Bikram Yoga, “or anything that challenges your body to make you realize how strong you are,” as a way to reduce stress.
Who is your favorite current female TV character and why?
Queen Elizabeth II from “The Crown.” Fascinating to watch her struggle balancing duty to family and duty to nation.
What is one way the industry can continue to evolve in ridding itself of gender discrimination?
It’s not an industry problem, it’s a societal problem. But the industry can continue to influence social norms by depicting strong female characters and role models.
What famous woman, living or deceased, would you like to have dinner with?
Margaret Atwood. Although, I haven’t watched “Handmaid’s Tale” TV series yet because the book made such a strong impact on my world view and the liberties I take for granted.
Best advice for relieving stress?
Bikram Yoga, or anything that challenges your body to make you realize how strong you are.