Women ruled at this year's Emmy Awards as the female-focused storylines of The Handmaid's Tale, Veep and Big Little Lies dominated TV's biggest night. And even in the real world, outside the Television Academy and outside the U.S., opportunities for women in television have never looked better.
"It's a great time for women to be entering the business, whether onscreen or off of it," says Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of London-based production giant FremantleMedia Group. But in many parts of the world, says African television pioneer Mosunmola "Mo" Abudu, the power of the patriarchy is still very much in force. "Bottom line, women have to work twice as hard for the same recognition as their male counterparts," she says.
The women on THR's annual list of the world's most power female television execs share their insights on the global landscape — "There are increasingly varied and interesting representations of women on TV who reflect and create new realities," says BBC America's Sarah Barnett — and their advice for future generations of women who want to make their mark on it.
This story first appeared in the Oct. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Georg Szalai and Alex Ritman in London contributed to this report.