Renowned for spotting and nurturing comedic talent, Babineau could bask in the success of hits like “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and “Broad City,” but she’s too busy developing additional linear and digital programs, including Awkwafina’s upcoming scripted series and the digital sketch show “Alternatino,” which premiered in June. Next up: the 2020 election with “The Daily Show.” She clearly follows the advice she would give her younger self, “Be yourself, and the rest will fall into place.”
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Very cliché, but true. Be yourself, and the rest will fall into place.
What changes, if any, has your company enacted since the dawning of the #MeToo movement, and what results have ensued?
We introduced sexual harassment training for our staff that is specific and customized for our particular industry. These seminars delve into the complexities of a creative workplace environment that isn’t limited to the 9-5 office, but rather spills over into social events, shows, talent relations, etc. It has helped us make sure all employees feel safe while doing anything related to their jobs whenever, and wherever they may be.
Which current shows best reflect the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
“Fleabag,” “Killing Eve,” “Broad City,” “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens” (coming soon!), “Succession” (Team Shiv). These shows all have women in roles that are complex, nuanced and layered. And particularly in the case of “Broad City” and “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens,” women who are funny, brave and prioritizing their own personal growth.