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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Gail Berman
    Co-founder, BermanBraun

    Berman continues to expand her 21st century media company (with co-founder Lloyd Braun) as its celebrity news site, Wonderwall, reached its latest milestone when it garnered 1 billion monthly views. Berman, 56, and Braun this past spring also added the motherhood site Mom.me, the male-focused Mandatory and the pet-centric PawNation to a lucrative portfolio. The former network chiefs also will roll out soapy thriller Deception on NBC in 2013.

    When I leave work each day, I can’t wait to: It was so much easier to answer this question last year because I would have said, “Be with my kids.” But I’m an empty-nester now, so now I can’t wait to have a glass of wine!

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: My husband, Will, and I have an early dinner and go to the movies, or drive up to Santa Barbara.

    My indulgence: I always have a good handbag.

    Can’t get through my day without: My assistant, Rob.

    What I’d tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: “It’s all going to be OK.”

    Best advice I’ve ever gotten: From my mentor Peter Chernin, when I went to Fox Broadcasting as president: “You have a bigger problem than poor ratings; you’ve got poor morale. Staff morale is the first thing you need to work on. That will affect everything else.” And it was true.

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