Sarah Aubrey

What a year it has been for comedy series at HBO, all thanks to Aubrey’s ability to know a hit when she sees one. Two of the biggest hits of the season—“The Flight Attendant” from Kaley Cuoco and “Hacks” starring Jean Smart—together received 24 Emmy nominations. Aubrey shepherded new “Sex and the City” chapter “And Just Like That…,” the new Julia Child comedy series and Mindy Kaling’s “The Sex Lives of College Girls.” And she’s also part of the charge to expand the DC universe with several projects centered around a diverse group of superheroes. When it comes to hiring, Aubrey believes it’s “crucial that we broaden the definition of who we think is ‘qualified,’ in every respect.”

What’s one way your company has broadened the recruiting process to ensure greater diversity?
Equity and inclusion are deeply important to our company, across our workforce, the series we make and our pipeline programs. When I think about recruiting the very best executives for the HBO Max’s programming team, it is crucial that we broaden the definition of who we think is “qualified,” in every respect. Expanding the pool lets you see just how much talent is out there, and it allows for so many more perspectives.

What one female empowerment book do you think every woman should read?
“Bossypants” by Tina Fey.

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