Viacom veteran Giles stepped into her role at Comedy Central in February 2017. She oversees brand strategy, marketing, programming and digital strategy, and has made several key decisions during her tenure thus far, including the acquisition last December of all nine seasons of “The Office.” Giles cites series like Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and Comedy Central’s own “Broad City” as examples of “fantastic women-led stories being told, providing more opportunities for women writers and directors… There’s still a long way to go, but the trend is encouraging.”
What’s a recent example of a step forward for women in the media industry?
There are fantastic women-led stories being told, providing more opportunities for women writers and directors. It’s so inspiring to see great stories, like “Mrs. Maisel” or our own “Broad City.” There’s still a long way to go, but the trend is encouraging.
Who is an inspirational woman you admire, and why?
My mother, Donna Miller, is my hero. She raised three daughters on her own as a working mom and they are all successful, kick ass women. Oprah is pretty cool, too.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
Streaming has absolutely changed the game. Consumer access to unlimited content and control of programming choice has forever altered every sector of the entertainment industry. It’s both an exciting and challenging time for content creators and the best time for fans of TV.