Throughout the month of March in honor of Women's History month, we will be highlighting trailblazers within the media landscape as well as uncovering how access to technology has allowed the industry to become more equitable for women.
Angela Russo-Otstot leads the creative team at AGBO, an innovative independent studio focused on developing and producing intellectual property universes spanning film, TV, audio, publishing, and gaming.
Q: How has the advancement of technology created more opportunities for women?
A: We live in an age where technology gives us instant access. This is so very important for women’s ability to connect with and help each other – and not just from opposite ends of our industry, but from opposite ends of the world, too. We can mentor, collaborate, create content, and, ultimately, bolster our representation.
Q: What advice do you have for other aspiring female executives?
A: Bet on yourself. Take big swings. Set the example for others through your collaboration, positivity, and thoughtful discernment. Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know something – instead, embrace it as a learning opportunity. When you reach success, turn around and help the next woman reach it, too.
Q: It’s been a little over five years since the reckoning in Hollywood and the global film industry began. What differences have you noticed since the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements launched?
A: People are really listening to women right now. This inspires me to continue speaking up, and not just in my creative work but in my workplace, too. It also inspires me to stop and really listen to others.
Russo-Otstot and the AGBO team recently produced the Academy Award-Winning Best Picture film Everything Everywhere All At Once and are gearing up for the release of the highly anticipated drama series Citadel due April 28.