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Women in Entertainment 2010 - Power 100 List

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    Debbee Klein
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    Debbee Klein
    Co-head literary department, Paradigm

    While giving birth to her second son, Klein “had my assistant there. I did the C-section, and then when I came out of the anesthesia, we finished up what I had to do.” It’s that fierce focus that helped Klein make the leap from being a 19-year-old receptionist at Norman Lear’s company to a 21-year-old literary agent at the Irv Schecter Co., where she went on to run the TV department for nearly two decades before joining Paradigm in 1997. Today, she’s on Paradigm’s three-person management committee and packages high-profile series like this season’s The Event for NBC. She also reps a who’s who of showrunners including The Good Wife co-creators Robert and Michelle King and Shane Brennan of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles — the shows that make up CBS’ entire top-rated Tuesday lineup. Not surprisingly, free time is a foreign concept for the Los Angeles native. “I’m not really good at it,” she says.

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