Blog May 17, 2018

Charter Teams up with AMC Networks To Highlight the Accomplishments of Women On Both Sides of the Camera

Dedicated to providing superior products and services that are relevant to and reflect the needs and interests of our diverse customers, we were proud to team up with AMC Networks this month to kick off “Talking With…” a new AMCN screening series that highlights the accomplishments of women in front of and behind the camera. The event included opening remarks by Charter’s new Head of Original Content Katherine Pope and by Congresswoman Judy Chu, co-chair of the Creative Rights Caucus.

The inaugural event was held in Los Angeles, and featured a screening of the BBC America series “Killing Eve,” a dramatic thriller featuring a critically-acclaimed cast and creative team primarily made up of women. Following the screening, there was a conversation including star Sandra Oh, and BBC America President and General Manager Sarah Barnett, hosted by Debra Birnbaum, Executive TV Editor for Variety. AMC Networks and Charter, along with other partners, will be hosting additional screening events across the country.

The conversation focused on the role of women in entertainment, with Congresswoman Chu reiterating the importance of representation in media for creating role models among all different audiences. She discussed how women must being able to build a career in the creative arts and entertainment because, “this type of creative work is our greatest export” to audiences across the U.S. and globally.

This sentiment was echoed by Oh who was quick to celebrate some of the progress being made in Hollywood, saying, “I am inside the change. I have boss ladies!”

In January 2018, Charter announced that the newly created Head of Original Content position would be filled by a woman, Katherine Pope. Based in Los Angeles, Pope is overseeing all original programming efforts, including the launch of the partnership with AMC Networks.

“There are so many incredible women both in front and behind the camera and Charter is proud to team up with AMC Networks to highlight them,” said Pope. “We look forward to continuing these important conversations about how to ensure that our industry and the content we help deliver reflects the diversity of the audiences we serve.”