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Girls showrunners Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are opening up about building a business, salary negotiations and activism in Hollywood as LinkedIn kicks off a new year of Influencer Interviews.
During the 15-minute video, Dunham and Konner open up about the creation of Lenny Letter, the email newsletter and website that they launched last summer. “They’re really mission driven,” says LinkedIn executive editor Dan Roth, who conducted the interview. He calls them “power women changing the entertainment world.”
Fourteen-year-old LinkedIn was founded to connect business professionals and has grown into a public company with a $25 billion market cap. Under Roth’s editorial direction, the business-focused social network has become a media company in its own right and its annual interviews with influencers are a hallmark of that strategy. LinkedIn frequently posts new installments of its Influencer Interview feature and has featured everyone from Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo to General Motors CEO Mary Barra. Roth says some videos can reach up to 500,000 views.
“What’s interesting is the kinds of conversations that they start,” he says, explaining that many people leave comments on the videos and, because there are no fake identities among LinkedIn’s 400 million members, those comments generally add positively to the conversation.
Roth says the focus is on “people who are at the very top of the business world, people who are driving conversation, having a big impact on a large number of people or can see trends in the making” and that includes Hollywood players including Dunham and Konner. He says they present a unique perspective about transitioning from running a popular television series — Girls, which is set to end after its sixth season — to overseeing a media business.
LinkedIn has given The Hollywood Reporter an exclusive clip from Roth’s sit down with Dunham and Konner. Watch them talk about how they view salary negotiations and why they’ve never regretted giving someone more money above.
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