THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100
Bernstein, 42, had an eventful year, handling one of the highest-profile television contract renegotiations in years -- the July sparring over the Modern Family actors' deals. The New York-based Bernstein negotiated new deals for her clients Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. One lawsuit later, Bernstein's clients had new deals with Modern Family producer 20th Century Fox Television, with the actors receiving a reported salary bump from $65,000 an episode to between $100,000 and $175,000. Bernstein's other clients include Boardwalk Empire's Bobby Cannavale and Argo Oscar contender Alan Arkin.
Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: When I got promoted from being an assistant to a manager in 1995. There is not a worse job in Hollywood than being an assistant.
Who gave me my first big break: Brian Swardstrom -- he gave me a break not only by promoting me at Banner Entertainment but letting me open his New York Office in 1997.
When I leave work each day, I can't wait to: Kiss my daughter [with tech exec husband Brian Jones], Morgan. She's 9. I literally run home to her.
Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: In the summer, everybody in the New York community knows that I race to my Fire Island house on the weekends.
Proudest moment this year: I kayaked down part of the Salmon River in Idaho this summer. I was scared to death. If you flip, you flip, and I didn't flip.
What I'd tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: "It gets better." I hated it when I was that age. I really only stuck it out because I had no choice. I couldn't pay bills.
Embarrassed to admit I watch: Dr. Phil, because it makes me feel like I am an excellent mother.
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