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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Janice Marinelli WIE 34 - P 2012
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    Janice Marinelli
    President, Disney-ABC Domestic TV

    She oversees North American television distribution of movies and TV shows across broadcast syndication, electronic home video, VOD, pay TV, basic cable, online and other digital platforms. Marinelli also played a key role this year in the choice of Michael Strahan to replace Regis Philbin in the chair next to Kelly Ripa and oversaw the launch of Katie Couric's syndicated talk show. She broke ground with a Netflix deal for exclusive streaming rights to ABC series, including Once Upon a Time and Scandal. She also helped add to the megasuccess of The Avengers, making it the top electronic video release in Disney history.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: I was in college st St. John's and being taught by an adjunct professor, Marty Mills. He was working at Lorimar at the time, and he had the ratings of the TV shows, and it was like, "Oh, my God." He gave us real-time information. It wasn't from a textbook.

    When I leave work each day, I can't wait to: Put 100 percent of my focus on my family. My kids are now 20, 18 and 15.

    Favorite way to unwind: Go to a sporting event. I'm a huge New York Giants and Yankees fan; locally, USC.

    My indulgence: Cooking. I've been known to get up and make sauce at 4 a.m.

    Totally starstruck around: Professional athletes. I was starstruck when I met Michael Strahan. He is this big teddy bear; so gentle, kind and charismatic.

    What I'd tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: "Never compromise your values."

    When my relatives are confused about what I do, I tell them: Anywhere they see a Disney movie other than in a theater or on Blu-ray/DVD, we've sold it.

    Proudest accomplishment this year: How this team pulled out all the stops and launched Katie Couric's talk show.

    Embarrassed to admit I watch: My 15-year-old son has me glued to Deadliest Catch.

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