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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Debbee Klein
    Co-head, literary department, Paradigm

    Having risen through the ranks -- from Norman Lear's receptionist to Irv Schechter agent to department head and, for the past 15 years, literary co-head and management committee member at Paradigm -- Klein, 50, has achieved stature through old-school sweat equity, growing her roster along with the company's 122-agent workforce. In 2012, Klein's division sold more pilots than ever before, among them brand extensions for Stephen King into TV and further expansion of the decade-old CBS series NCIS with a new spinoff. Paradigm client Shane Brennan is showrunner on NCIS: Los Angeles and writer/executive producer on the yet-untitled program. Klein considers herself a multitasking multi-specialist, qualities that are a must in the age of fast and furious dealmaking and that the married L.A. native can apply to her other full-time job: mom of two. On Nov. 29, Klein saw the announcement of CBS' 13-episode order of an adaption to King's novel Under the Dome, which she packaged to include her client Neil Baer as showrunner, for summer 2013.

    My indulgence: Not reading for work but reading for pleasure. For me, that's not just a few books here and there, but also all my favorite magazines, from Vanity Fair to People. It's an indulgence I rarely get to have and usually saved for Saturday or Sunday.

    Toughest decision I had to make this year: Having to let go of certain agents who didn't necessarily fit the vision for this company. I'm terrible at parting ways with anybody, always -- thank God I have partners that are better at it -- but we had to. We're going to be growing this year. Things are changing here at Paradigm.

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