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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Katherine Pope
    President of television, Chernin Entertainment

    Pope is the highest-ranking woman at Chernin, which has emerged as the go-to supplier to behemoth 20th Century TV. This year, Pope and Chernin earned renewals for New Girl and Kiefer Suthlerland’s Touch. The married mom, 40, continues to champion hip comedic voices with the Fox comedy Ben and Kate and to develop projects with the likes of Zooey Deschanel, John Legend, Kay Cannon and Russell Brand.

    Who gave me my big break: I applied to the NBC Associates program and didn’t really know anyone or how to get into the business at all. Had NBC not just revived that program, I’m not sure what I would have done. The person who ultimately said yes was Ted Harbert.

    When I leave work each day, I can’t wait to: Go to sleep and wake up the following morning and see my son (21 months) and daughter (8). A lot of times they’re not awake when I get home.

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: Keep it really unscheduled, though I do like to hit the farmers’ market. My indulgence: White wine aside, which I don’t even see as an indulgence — it’s a part of life — what I like on weekends is to read a novel that has nothing to do with work.

    Can’t get through my workday without: Coffee, “Greens 1” from Pressed Juicery, and my BlackBerry and iPhone.

    Most surprising music on my iPod: I have a secret love for Christmas carols. People are surprised about this because I’m a cynical person.

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