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Women in Entertainment 2010 - Power 100 List

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    Eileen O'Neill
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    Eileen O'Neill
    President and GM, TLC

    Her Sarah Palin’s Alaska debuted in November to the network’s highest ratings ever. “Palin is top of mind for a lot of Americans,” says the 20-year cable veteran, who started as an unpaid intern at Discovery shortly after graduating from Bowling Green State University and who’s had stints working at Planet Green and Discovery Health Channel. This year alone, along with the controversy-stirring Sister Wives, her network has had 21 new and returning series that have averaged more than 1 million viewers, including American Chopper, Hoarding: Buried Alive, Cake Boss and Say Yes to the Dress. “Some of our biggest successes have come from families with multiple births,” O’Neill says. How do you explain that? “I’m a twin. A shrink would have a field day.”

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