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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Nina Jacobson Office Portrait - P 2012
    Christopher Patey
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    Nina Jacobson
    CEO, Color Force

    The producer is responsible for one of Hollywood's hottest new franchises, The Hunger Games. The Lionsgate film, released in the spring, was a global goliath, taking in nearly $690 million (No. 7 for the year). After being unceremoniously fired as president of Disney's film division -- her partner had just delivered their third child when she got the call -- Jacobson, 47, formed her production company and began scouting for projects. She set up the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series at 20th Century Fox before nabbing the rights to Suzanne Collins' young-adult novel The Hunger Games. There are three more movies to go (the third book is being split into two films). The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in theaters Nov. 22, 2013.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: When I started film theory at Brown, and all I wanted to do was watch movies. I felt as excited as I ever did when I sat down in a movie theater.

    Who gave me my first big break: Producer Lauren Shuler Donner. She agreed to meet me when I graduated from Brown and hired me to do free-lance research. Her office also let me know what jobs were becoming available at other companies, and I got a job with Joel Silver in 1987.

    Toughest decision I had to make this year: Figuring out how to reload Hunger Games when Gary Ross left as director and make sure we chose the right person. It has turned out to be the right call to bring on Francis Lawrence.

    When I leave work each day, I can't wait to: Go home and see my kids, who are 14, 12 and 6.

    My indulgence: I'm a binge television-watcher. I'll watch an entire series on my iPad.

    Can't get through my workday without: Playing word games.

    Most surprising song on my iPod: The soundtrack to Pitch Perfect.

    Proudest moment this year The release of The Hunger Games.

    Totally starstruck around Julie Andrews.

    What I'd tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: "Don't lose your confidence when things don't go your way."

    Worst advice I've ever gotten: Someone told me once, "You can't be a great mom and a kick-ass studio executive at the same time." Not true.

    Top three shows on my DVR: Game of Thrones, Homeland and Sons of Anarchy. I'm also into Nashville.

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