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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    14. Nikki Rocco
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    Nikki Rocco
    President of domestic distribution, Universal Pictures

    Rocco and Universal are enjoying a record year at the North American box office, with $1.2 billion in ticket sales. Rocco, 63, has more experience than any female executive in terms of leading a studio distribution operation, a job requiring strong negotiation skills (battling theater owners for screen time isn't for the faint of heart). Ted was a surprise hit, earning $218.7 million in North America. Rocco's slow rollout plan for Pitch Perfect also paid off, with the musical comedy earning north of $65 million to date.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: I was in high school in Flushing, Queens, and was offered an opportunity to work at Universal after school in the distribution and sales department. I fell in love.

    Toughest decision I had to make this year: Rearranging our summer schedule and moving Ted and Savages.

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: Play golf.

    My indulgence: A glass of cabernet.

    Can't get through my workday without: Looking at box-office grosses at 5:40 a.m.

    Most surprising song on my iPod: "Livin' Thing" by ELO.

    When my relatives are confused about what I do, I tell them: We put movies in theaters.

    Top shows on my DVR: Any Yankees game during the season and reruns of Boardwalk Empire.

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