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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Jeanne Newman
    Partner, Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kaller

    Once known most prominently for her cutting-edge work on behalf of reality television producers including Endemol, Shine and Talpa, Newman also has become a formidable player representing talent in scripted programming thanks to her handling of Matthew Weiner’s $30 million Mad Men renegotiation. Newman also owns the Jorian Hill Vineyards winery in the Santa Ynez Valley with her husband, Gary, who is chairman at 20th Century Fox Television.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: I got to [USC] law school and realized that entertainment was the only practice area that didn’t bore me to tears.

    Who gave me my first big break: [Director] David Lynch — he was a client of the firm, and I was a young lawyer assigned to do his low-level work. He decided to produce Twin Peaks as an independent TV series for ABC. Somehow he trusted me to be the day-to-day lawyer on the show.

    Can’t get through my workday without: The brilliant and beautiful women who work with me. Somehow I am lucky to work with three other female lawyers and two female paralegals!

    Most curious advice I’ve ever gotten: “Be an agent.” You can figure out if that was the best or the worst.

    Embarrassed to admit I watch: CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello at 5:30 a.m.

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