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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    36. Belinda Menendez
    Belinda Menendez
    President, NBCUniversal International Television Distribution and Universal Networks International

    As head of international television distribution at NBCUniversal since March 2011, she oversees free, pay TV and new-media licensing of films and TV shows. She manages 15 sales offices and has oversight of branded TV channels (including Universal, Syfy and Style) in 176 territories. She grew the businesses this year (NBCU international TV revenue was an estimated $3.7 billion last year) despite the Euro zone crisis by expanding in Latin America and Asia, especially China, and working with new entrants throughout the world.

    Toughest decision I had to make this year: Making the move from Los Angeles to London. Although I'm a London native, I have very deep roots in L.A. and raised my two kids there. My closest friends are in L.A., and that is where my career really took off. It was difficult leaving the team I worked with so closely over the years.

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: Cooking. I do a lot of roast dishes, like chicken, duck and venison.

    My indulgence: Chocolate.

    What I'd tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: "Enjoy every moment."

    Proudest moment this year: Watching my daughter graduate from Wesleyan.

    Top three shows on my DVR: Homeland, Downton Abbey, Girls.

    Embarrassed to admit I watch: Every one of the Real Housewives shows. I can't commit to just one city.

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