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MIPCOM: The 25 Most Powerful Women in Global TV

Meet the female innovators who oversee empires, greenlight the shows that captivate millions and adapt in a rapidly changing media environment.

Tim Whitby/Getty Images; Courtesy of Media and Entertainment City Africa; Courtesy of HD TV

This story first appeared in the Oct. 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. 

Forget any talk of glass ceilings and token appointments. The executives on The Hollywood Reporter's Women in International TV power list are the deciders shaping an increasingly global industry. The likes of Shine chairman Elisabeth Murdoch, FremantleMedia boss Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Endemol COO Martha Brass straddle worldwide production and distribution empires.

Greenlights from RTL Group's Anke Shaeferkordt, TF1's Elisabeth Durand or BSkyB's Sophie Turner Laing determine what Europe watches, while Nigerian entrepreneur Mo Abudu is revolutionizing pay TV in Africa. A group as diverse as the U.N., the women on THR's inaugural list are united in their ambition, their savvy and their determination to make a mark on worldwide TV - and to do so on their own terms. 

Reported by Gavin J. Blair, Clifford Coonan, Nick Holdsworth, Eric J. Lyman, Agustin Mango, John Hecht, Nyay Bhushan, Scott Roxborough and Georg Szalai.

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  1. Mosunmola Abudu

    Chairwoman and Chief Executive, EbonyLife TV, Nigeriaread more

  2. Rola Bauer

    Founder and Co-Head, Tandem Communications, Germanyread more

  3. Marina Berlusconi

    Chairwoman, Fininvest, Italyread more

  4. Piv Bernth

    Head of Drama at Danish Public Broadcaster DR, Denmarkread more

  5. Martha Brass

    COO, Endemol, The Netherlandsread more

  6. Nomin Chinbat

    CEO, HD TV Network, Mongoliaread more

  7. Adriana Cisneros

    CEO and Vice Chairman, The Cisneros Group, Venezuelaread more

  8. Begumhan Dogan Faralyali

    Chairwoman, Dogan Holding, Turkeyread more

  9. Elisabeth Durand

    Managing Director, TF1, Franceread more

  10. Natalia Egorova

    Head of Acquisitions, Channel One, Russiaread more

  11. Cecile Frot-Coutaz

    CEO, FremantleMedia, U.K.read more

  12. Bibiane Godfroid

    Director of Programming, M6, Franceread more

  13. Angelica Guerra

    Television Senior VP and Managing Director, Production, Sony Pictures...read more