Women in Entertainment 2010 - Power 100 List
Today, comfortably ensconced in boss Peter Chernin’s new Santa Monica offices, Pope says the company’s growing pains have been worth it. “We don’t say, ‘Here’s what works for us,’ which frees you up to be more open and take more risks,” she says. Pope took her share of risks at her gig as president of Universal Media Studios, including the series House, Heroes, The Office, 30 Rock and Friday Night Lights. None of Chernin’s series — which include the anticipated Terra Nova (Fox), Breakout Kings (A&E) and Seek and Destroy (Showtime) — has hit the air yet, “so we have a perfect track record,” she says with a laugh. Although her work might be all about high drama and big laughs, she insists her private life is anything but. “I’m the most boring person in the world,” admits Pope, a chronic bookworm who is expecting her second child in the spring with her husband, documentary filmmaker and writer Richard E. Robbins. “You could have surveillance on me 24/7; it would be fine.”
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