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MIPCOM: The 25 Most Powerful Women in Global TV

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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. Noura Al Kaabi

    CEO, twofour54, Abu Dhabiread more

  2. Yang Lan

    Co-owner, Sun Television Cybernetworks, Chinaread more

  3. Beverley McGarvey

    Chief Programming Officer, Network Ten, Australiaread more

  4. Charlotte Moore

    Controller, BBC One, U.K.read more

  5. Elisabeth Murdoch

    Chairman, Shine Group, Australiaread more

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