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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Orly Adelson
    President, Dick Clark Productions

    In a milestone year for Dick Clark Productions, Adelson was a constant, producing the company's many TV shows -- from the American Music Awards to New Year's Rockin' Eve -- while also developed new programs for new platforms. It was also a year in which founder Dick Clark died (and she arranged to pay tribute to him on several of the company's shows) and DCP won a key victory in round one of its lawsuit against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association over control of broadcast rights to the Golden Globes and was sold to a group led by Guggenheim Partners (part-owners of The Hollywood Reporter's parent company). Adelson, 56, also expanded the digital programming around such staples as the AMAs and helped reinvent the online Streamy Awards.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: When I saw that you could combine creative and business. This is when I was about 28. I was working in advertising.

    Toughest decision I had to make this year: To choose the last two acts in every one of our shows. The last two are the toughest.

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: Exercise, watch movies and do yoga. Most weekends I see two movies, different genres.

    One indulgence: There's lots of chocolate in my office.

    Most surprising song on my iPod: "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull.

    Totally starstruck around: Helen Mirren.

    Top three shows on my DVR: Saturday Night Live, Homeland and So You Think You Can Dance.

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