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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    40. Holly Bario
    Holly Bario
    President of production, DreamWorks Studios

    The Help -- a project that Bario, 45, championed and nurtured -- earned four Oscar nominations and a win for Octavia Spencer as supporting actress. After former DreamWorks co-president of production Mark Sourian segued into producing in May, Bario’s stock rose, with the onetime Universal Pictures assistant taking the reins of the company’s slate. After shepherding Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, she’s overseeing the Vince Vaughn comedy Delivery Man and the adaptation of the video-game franchise Need for Speed, starring Aaron Paul.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: When I saw Jaws in 1977. I was 10. It was shot on Martha’s Vineyard, where I grew up. I thought, “I could do that.”

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: Pinterest, the newest time-suck of the century. If you thought Facebook was a rabbit hole ...

    My indulgence: I get my hair blown out a lot.

    Most surprising song on my iPod: Michael Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet.” I play it on a loop.

    Totally starstruck around: Everyone. I have no problem telling people I work with that are famous, “I’m going to stalk you and ask for your autograph, so let’s just get that out of the way.”

    What I’d tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: “Have more fun with it.”

    Embarrassed to admit I watch: One Life to Live, but sadly, it was canceled.

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