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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Sonya Rosenfeld
    Co-head TV department, CAA

    CAA's most senior female television agent's client list reads like a who's who of TV's most influential talents: Melissa McCarthy, Patricia Heaton and Revenge creator Mike Kelley, among others. A mother of two teen sons, she also has been instrumental in putting such shows on the air as CBS' Elementary, FX's upcoming The Americans and Matthew Perry's NBC sitcom Go On.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in this business: When I had an internship with producer Doug Wick my senior year at UCLA.

    Who gave me my big break: Doug Wick. When I was an intern, he suggested I go work at a talent agency to figure out where my place in the business might be. I came to interview at CAA and have been here ever since. I started two days after I graduated, so he gets a lot of credit in my history.

    Toughest decision I had to make this year: Letting my 15-year-old son play football. Our older son, who is a senior in high school, is a baseball player. But our younger son, who started his freshman year in high school this year, has been begging us to let him play football since seventh grade. We finally let him, and he absolutely loves it. So it has turned out to be a good decision -- I'm knocking on wood.

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: I spend a lot of time at the sports fields, as you could imagine, but I also love to unwind at the beach. I read and relax.

    Can't get through my workday without: Taking a spin around the office and seeing friends.

    What I would tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: "Find something you love and put your all into it, and that will lead to success."

    Proudest accomplishment this year: The success of our television department. We have a great group of people, and we're the most successful television department in the business.

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