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THR's Women in Entertainment 2011: Power 100

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    50. Leah Weil
    Leah Weil
    Senior Executive vp/General Counsel, Sony Pictures Entertainment

    When sony decided to distribute the upcoming Osama Bin Laden drama from Hurt Locker duo Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, Weil jumped into action to make sure the studio wasn't assuming any hidden liabilities -- a job that became national news when politicians began questioning whether Obama officials had granted the filmmakers improper access to confidential information.

    "When everyone was going on TV complaining about the movie, there was no script!" says Weil, 51.

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    Clearing complicated fact-based dramas has become routine for Sony's top lawyer, who has worked on The Social Network and Moneyball and may next vet a movie on Steve Jobs' life.

    The Broadway-loving mother of two, whose youngest is graduating from high school in June, oversees a legal staff of 250 while taking the lead on the studio's antipiracy efforts, major litigation and its biggest deals, such as the recent $278 million sale of The Amazing Spider-Man merchandising rights to Disney.

    Her office suite on the Culver City lot features an impressive collection of Sony movie-themed snow globes, all gifts from studio co-chairman Amy Pascal. "I proudly display them all, but I broke Zathura," she confesses of the trinket from Sony's 2005 space fantasy. "I expected something magical to happen, but it didn't."

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