• The Hollywood Reporter on LinkedIn
  • Follow THR on Pinterest

THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

Continue reading the list
    39. Sheila Nevins
    Sheila Nevins
    President of documentary films, HBO

    With hundreds of documentary films under her belt at HBO, Nevins, 73, is considered one of the most influential people in documentary film -- ever. Her productions have been recognized with 47 Emmy Awards and 21 Academy Awards. Some of the films gaining attention this year include Matthew Akers’ Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, Liz Garbus’ Love Marilyn, Alex Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God and Rory Kennedy’s Ethel.

    Who gave me my first big break: Myself. I didn’t get breaks. I just plowed through.

    When I leave work each day, I can’t wait to: Come back the next day.

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: Screen other people’s documentaries. I don’t garden. I just want to make that clear.

    My indulgence: Getting my hair blown dry more often than I should.

    Can’t get through my workday without: Feeling grateful. I’m happy to be in a place I want to be and doing what I want to do.

    What I’d tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: “Don’t take crap.”

    Top three shows on my DVR: Homeland, Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey.

    Worst advice I’ve ever gotten: “Dress like a man at work so they’ll accept you.”

    Click here to read THR's complete Women in Entertainment list.

    Continue reading the list