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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Michelle Raimo Kouyate
    President of production, Sony Pictures Animation

    Overseeing development and production of SPA’s entire slate, Kouyate saw Hotel Transylvania become the top-grossing movie in the unit’s 10-year history, collecting more than $291 million worldwide. Kouyate, 44, has The Smurfs 2 and the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs sequel (due in 2014) in production. Before Sony, Kouyate was senior vp development and production at Miramax, where she helped develop Silver Linings Playbook.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: After I graduated [St. John’s University in New York] and was working for a satellite communications company. They had a small TV studio, and I fell in love with the idea of TV. Later, when I met someone who was a second A.D. on a movie, they asked me, “Do you think you’d want to work on a movie set?” When I got there, it was just an instinct thing.

    Who gave me my first big break: Paul Webster at Miramax Films. After I graduated USC film school, he gave me my first assistant job.

    Proudest moment this year: Opening weekend of Hotel Transylvania.

    Totally starstruck around: Sir Paul McCartney.

    My indulgence: Reading for pleasure.

    Top three shows on my DVR: Breaking Bad, Modern Family and The Voice.

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