It’s been a big year for Apostolou, and not just because of her July wedding in Greece. As the chief spokesperson for Starz, Apostolou navigated the transition associated with Lionsgate’s acquisition of the premium channel late last year. And she continued to influence the C-suite in important decisions regarding personnel, programming, marketing and PR. Apostolou also is an advocate for women in the cable industry, emphasizing the importance of uniting for equal pay and treatment. “Gender discrimination, harassment and abuse will continue if women are not in positions of power,” she says. “We are still functioning in systems and organizational constructs that were determined solely by men without female input.”
Who is your favorite current female TV character and why?
Offred in “The Handmaid’s Tale” is my new hero. Aside from the awe-inspiring performance by Elisabeth Moss, Offred symbolizes free-will and the importance of resistance. She is both a cautionary tale and symbol.
What is one way the industry can continue to evolve in ridding itself of gender discrimination?
Gender discrimination, harassment and abuse will continue if women are not in positions of power. We are still functioning in systems and organizational constructs that were determined solely by men without female input. Unless women can have a hand in changing an organization’s structure and corporate belief system, this discrimination will keep us back as an industry and a country. It’s the same issue we see with the rampant racial and sexual discrimination our loved ones, friends and colleagues face.
What famous woman, living or deceased, would you like to have dinner with?
I want to be at a table with Elizabeth Taylor, Melina Mercouri and Maria Callas. Now that’s a party!