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THR's Women in Entertainment 2011: Power 100

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    88. Ellen Goldsmith
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    Ellen Goldsmith-Vein
    Founder and CEO, the Gotham Group

    "We have been pretty agile as a management company," says Goldsmith-Vein of the company she founded in 1993. "When there was contraction in the television animation space, we made a move into representing content, and we've really been able to build substantially on the libraries that we represent, the publishing houses that we represent and the individual authors that we represent."

    Highlights from the past year include client Angus Wall winning an Oscar (with Kirk Baxter) for editing the David Fincher-directed best picture nominee The Social Network. Actor Steve Buscemi has found the role of a lifetime in Nucky Thompson on HBO's Boardwalk Empire; he won the Golden Globe for best actor and received an Emmy nomination this year. And Robert Goolrick (A Reliable Wife), Mo Willems (Happy Pig Day!) and Rick Riordan (The Throne of Fire) are among the author clients who landed books on the New York Times bestseller list.

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    The Gotham Group also has continued to expand into feature production. Despite the tepid returns for the Taylor Lautner action vehicle Abduction this fall, the company has dozens of projects in development.

    Goldsmith-Vein, 48, who grew up in La Jolla, Calif., spent her college years at Hollins University in Virginia and UCLA. She now lives in Hancock Park with her husband and two kids, son Jack, 8, and daughter Caroline, 11, who accompanied her on a recent family trip to southern Ireland to "get in touch with the Irish roots, have a pint" and hang out with 80-year-old author and beer heir Desmond Guinness.

    But what Goldsmith-Vein is most proud of passing on is her rare status as a woman who owns her own business. "It's important to set an example for young girls and young women," she says. "It's a unique position to be in. The people it is most valuable to are my daughter and my daughter's friends. I think my daughter's really proud of having a mom who's running a company."

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