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THR's Women in Entertainment 2011: Power 100

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    66. Rita Tuzon
    Rita Tuzon
    Executive vp and General Counsel, Fox Networks Group

    Tuzon's tireless efforts to secure retransmission consent fees for News Corp.'s Fox network isn't the sexiest job in Hollywood, but the increased payments from cable and satellite companies could generate billions of dollars in revenue for broadcast networks in the coming decades. "Fox was on the forefront of changing the business here," she says. "We believed in it. And it's fundamentally altered the value proposition in television."

    Tuzon, 52, heads a 50-person legal team covering such cable networks as FX and Nat Geo, as well as Fox's regional sports networks. This year put the married mother of two in the crosshairs of Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who is suing Fox Sports. "Frank likes to call me directly," she notes.

    Tuzon also leads the network's standards and practices group, meaning she's the ultimate arbiter of what racy content makes it onto Family Guy, American Idol and the network's new broadcasts of Ultimate Fighting Championship. "We had eight people on the button for the recent UFC fight," she says of her team's preparation for fleeting expletives. "Given the fight was 64 seconds long, there was not really a lot for them to do."

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