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THR's Women in Entertainment 2011: Power 100

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    58. Maren Christensen
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    Maren Christensen
    Executive vp and General Counsel, Universal Studios*

    Christensen's April visit to Rio de Janeiro wasn't just to celebrate the world premiere of her studio's mega-blockbuster Fast Five. Universal's top lawyer used the trip, one of several she made this year, to meet with officials in the increasingly potent Brazilian market and state Hollywood's case for tougher antipiracy measures. "I've been trying to open up a debate to encourage them to strengthen their copyright laws," says Christensen.

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    General counsel since 2005, she also is working to expand Universal's already wide reach into the international market, including China, and firmly took the lead this year on such deals as the studio's purchase of French animation house Mac Guff Ligne, maker of the hit Despicable Me, and the buyback of the 50 percent of its Orlando theme parks owned by private equity firm Blackstone Group.

    She also helped put the final touches on Comcast's purchase of studio parent NBC-Universal. "We're liking our new owners," she says. "They get our industry, they're a family-run company and they are very decent people."

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