THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100
McLoughlin, 50, oversees a portfolio that includes TMZ, Extra and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the latter of which is posting the highest ratings in the series' history. After a successful run this summer, Bethenny Frankel's self-titled talk show will join McLoughlin's crop next year.
Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: When I literally ran home every day at lunchtime in elementary school to watch game shows.
Who gave me my first big break: The late, great [TMZ co-creator] Jim Paratore, who would say that he "saved me" from research.
Toughest decision I had to make this year: Not bringing back Anderson Cooper's talk show for a third season, even though the stations wanted to renew it.
Proudest moment this year: Getting very high grades on our employee survey, which is a testament to our amazing Telepictures team, and having our best season ever on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in our 10th season.
When I leave work each day, I can't wait to: See my [17-year-old] daughter, husband and two dachshunds, Ollie and Henry.
Favorite way to unwind: Playing tennis and walking on the beach in Malibu.
My indulgence: Buying a few pairs of really expensive shoes.
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