THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100
Press was one of the most sought-after marketing consultants in the film business before Leslie Moonves named her co-president of CBS Films in April. The 52-year-old worked on the campaign for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games, which grossed $687 million worldwide, and is consulting on Lincoln, a gig that reteams her with Steven Spielberg (Press once ran marketing at DreamWorks). She also consulted for CBS Films before getting the gig and was instrumental in the acquisition of The Woman in Black, which became a modest hit with $54 million in domestic ticket sales.
Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: I never wanted to work in the business. I wanted to be a film critic. But since I could actually write, I got hired at Disney as a staff writer. When you can put together a coherent sentence, you can be employed!
When I leave work each day, I can’t wait to: See my husband and my 13-year-old twins.
My indulgence: Going to Target.
Proudest moment this year: When my children brought their grades up. A distant second was the opening of The Woman in Black.
Totally starstruck around: Sidney Poitier.
Best advice I’ve gotten: “Stay on David Geffen’s good side.”
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