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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Suzanne Kolb
    President, E! Entertainment Television

    The savvy marketing vet, 43, who in 2011 segued from an eight-year stint at the entertainment hub (overseeing marketing, news and online at E! and Style) into the top job at the network now owned by Comcast and NBCUniversal, knows how to execute a vision. Case in point: E!’s 2012 rebrand, an overhaul of the network’s aesthetic and architecture, from the feel of its digital properties to the look of its studios, offices and even news vans — all completed within just six months. It’s icing on a cake that already is filled with the ratings dominance of the Kardashians franchise; late-night game-changer Chelsea Lately, which is calling a new stage at Universal Studios home; and the freshman fan favorite Married to Jonas, which pulled in 1.8 million viewers for its premiere episode.

    What I’d tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: “Relax. It’s not a sprint.”  In the first 10 years of my career, it felt like a stopwatch was going, and when it stopped clicking, I had to take a seat — sort of like musical chairs.

    Totally starstruck around: President Obama. I met him and Michelle at a campaign event, and while they’re lovely people, I was more starstruck by the thought of what he must do in a single day — and that in the midst of it all, he can turn it off and be gracious.

    My indulgence: This may sound kind of blue-sky, but I have to be laughing. There needs to be laughter at the office, even if things are difficult. Because we are in entertainment, and if we’re not projecting being entertained ourselves, I’m not sure how we can be an escapist place for our audience.

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