THR's Women in Entertainment 2011: Power 100
"I've been through an earthquake, a hurricane and a terror alert -- it was sort of biblical," McLoughlin jokes of the time she spent in New York this year to launch Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show. But the Queens native, who has resided in Los Angeles for nearly three decades, loved being able to put her producer's hat on again.
These days, the bulk of McLoughlin's time as president of Warner Bros.' Telepictures Productions is spent playing a bigger-picture role atop a diverse slate of programming, from The Ellen DeGeneres Show to Dr. Drew's Lifechangers to celebrity newsmagazine Extra.
McLoughlin, 49, also oversees TMZ.com and its accompanying TV show, which not only break news stories (including Kim Kardashian's divorce) but also serve as models for cross-platform fare.
The Boston University graduate and longtime TV nut got her start in a research role at Seltel, a TV consulting firm, before accepting a temp gig at what is now Warner Bros. in 1986. While it earned her very little money -- "I remember I bought a TV on a layaway plan," McLoughlin says -- it provided her with a good sense for why and how viewers consume in a medium in which she'd build her career.
On the increasingly rare occasion when the 25-year Warner Bros. vet isn't working, she can be found with her husband, whom she met in high school, and their 16-year-old daughter. "My husband and I are very close to her; we're sort of like a triumvirate," McLoughlin says, adding that she's working on developing a hobby so that she can better cope with her daughter's looming departure for college. "I think tennis will be my expansion plan," she says of a sport she and her daughter play weekly.
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