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Women in Entertainment 2010 - Power 100 List

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    Jennifer Rudolph Walsh
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    Jennifer Rudolph Walsh
    Executive VP/Co-head of the global literary department, WME

    Needing only four hours of sleep a night gives Walsh plenty of time for reading, which explains why she is something of a publishing phenomenon. The agency has published 203 books in 2010, of which 130 have been New York Times best-sellers, including new fiction by Seth Grahame-Smith and books from chefs Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri as well as actress Portia de Rossi, whose memoir, Unbearable Lightness, recently debuted at No. 3. And that doesn’t include selling the proposal for I Am Number Four at the same time it was set up on the feature side, with Michael Bay producing the 2011 release. A member of the WME board, she has worked at the agency since she sold her own company, the Writers Shop, to William Morris in 2000. But rubbing elbows with some of the agency’s stars isn’t her thing. “I garden. I play very bad tennis. I try to cook, and my family humors me,” she says. “It’s the opposite of glamorous.”

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