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Women in Entertainment 2010 - Power 100 List

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    Elisabeth Murdoch
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    Elisabeth Murdoch
    Chair/CEO, Shine Ltd.

    The hard-nosed tactics Elisabeth Murdoch gleaned from her father Rupert were on display during a January NATPE keynote speech, when she slapped budget-strapped executives for acting “more like a victim support group than … dynamic industry leaders.” No one has been more dynamic than Murdoch: In five years, Shine has grown from a small outfit to a 25-company portfolio — including newly launched Shine Australia and Shine France — with projected 2010 revenue of nearly $646 million. Such success comes from shows like Master Chef (with local versions available in 20 countries) and One Born Every Minute, picked up by Lifetime after a rousing U.K. success. Next year she’ll be behind Paula Abdul’s comeback with Live to Dance. Clearly, Murdoch knows how to get what she wants, whether it’s the purchase of American Idol (she’s the one who recommended it to Rupert), the importation of the Law & Order franchise to the U.K. or a former priory, now her country home in England’s Oxfordshire.

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