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Women in Entertainment 2010 - Power 100 List

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    Melanie Cook
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    Melanie Cook
    Partner, Ziffren Brittenham

    Injuries from triathlons and heli-skiing have forced the self-admitted adrenaline junkie to scale back her aggressive lifestyle. Now, she only rides a bike and river-rafts the Grand Canyon. Cook is still pushing it in the deal room, but instead of sticking by hard salary quotes for such clients as Tim Burton and Scott Rudin, she has been going for pool profit participation on recent deals involving The Social Network and Alice in Wonderland. This past year, Cook put together House executive producer Katie Jacobs’ first-look deal at Fox, Rudin’s deal for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Winnie Holzman’s deal to develop a film adaptation of Wicked. Cook also is involved in building houses for the Hollywood chapter Habitat for Humanity. “There are a lot of people in this town who wouldn’t want to see me with a nail gun in my hand,” she says.

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