THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100
This summer, rumors swirled that Snider was in talks with Comcast to take over Universal. Although those discussions broke down, Snider shored up the standing of the 80-person DreamWorks by extending financing with backer Reliance, which committed another $200 million-plus, allowing Snider, 51, and partner Steven Spielberg to make 8 to 10 movies over the next several years. It was a disappointing year at the box office for DreamWorks -- People Like Us bombed with $12.4 million. However, Snider and the studio are ending on a high note: Spielberg's awards darling Lincoln has turned into an event movie for adults, earning north of $85 million to date.
Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: I was in law school, and to make money I wrote briefs for a law firm and coverage of scripts for an agency [APA]. I made $50 a script. There was something about those first couple synopses. … I felt thrilled.
Who gave me my first big break: The University of Pennsylvania alumni connection. I reached out to a lot of alums, including producer Bob Cort, who sent me to Tom Pollock, who said I should be an agent. I applied at CAA and Triad, and I got the job in the mailroom at Triad.
Most exciting decision we've made as a company this year: Going into business with Mister Smith, David Garrett's new company, which is allowing DreamWorks to make output deals with European distributors.
When I leave work each day, I can't wait to: See my family and get comfortable. I could set a land-speed record for getting out of my clothes and into sweats, Uggs and a ponytail.
My indulgence: Sugar. Every morning I swear off it, and every night I have Oreos.
Can't get through my work day without: Tea, hot. Working-class PG Tips.
Most surprising songs on my iPod: Blue Valentine soundtrack.
My proudest moment this year: Seeing Lincoln. And I was proud that last year we had two best picture noms.
Totally starstruck around: Steven Spielberg. He's one of the only people in my life where the experience doesn't get old.
Best advice I've ever gotten: From Peter Guber: "The material will determine your fate."
Top three shows on my DVR: The Daily Show, The Rachel Maddow Show and Homeland.
Embarrassed to admit I watch: Any Dateline true-crime specials that start with, "She was a good-time girl …"
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