THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100
Sony Pictures Entertainment -- the only Hollywood film and television studio run by a woman, and a risk-taker at that -- is enjoying a record year in terms of worldwide box-office revenue. Pascal's slate of films has raked in more than $4 billion globally to date -- a first -- putting the studio at No. 1 in market share. The boom is led by Skyfall, which has grossed nearly $800 million worldwide (though Sony doesn't own the film and is distributing for MGM and Eon), and The Amazing Spider-Man ($752.2 million). Pascal also can take credit for launching two franchises in 21 Jump Street ($201.6 million)and Hotel Transylvania ($291.4 million to date). That's not to say there haven't been a few challenges: Adam Sandler's That's My Boy ($57.7 million) was a flop, and the studio decided to trim development costs by 10 percent, and make two fewer movies a year, beginning in 2014. The rejiggering saw Sony bring on Fox to co-finance George Clooney's The Monuments Men, while Sandler took his Western comedy Ridiculous 6 from Sony to Paramount. Pascal says she and chairman Michael Lynton are determined to increase profitability and that there's no belt-tightening order from financially troubled parent company Sony Corp. Between the film studio and Pascal's lucrative television arm -- which produces such shows as Breaking Bad and Shark Tank -- Sony Pictures took in $8.3 billion in revenue during the fiscal year ending March 31. Pascal, 54, says she remains drawn to projects highlighting female protagonists, including her biggest Oscar contender this year, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty.
Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: When I saw Harold and Maude.
Who gave me my first big break: Tony Garnett, a producer who was a big deal at the BBC. At one point, he came to Los Angeles and worked for The Ladd Co. He hired me as a secretary.
When I leave work each day, I can't wait to: See my son, who is 12. I still think of him as my little boy, but I guess he's not so little.
Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: Paint by numbers. I like to do landscapes, kittens, beaches and country houses.
My indulgence: I take a lot of baths.
Best advice I've ever gotten: "They won, you lost -- move on."
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