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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    27. Vanessa Morrison
    Vanessa Morrison
    President, Fox Animation Studios

    Morrison's division had another stellar year with the blockbuster success of 3D toon Ice Age: Continental Drift. The fourth installment grossed an astounding $874.9 million worldwide, including a record-breaking international total of $714 million, the best foreign showing on record for an animated film. Upcoming Fox Animation and Blue Sky releases include Epic (May 24) and Rio 2 (2014). One looming question remains in how Morrison, 43, will deal with Fox's new five-year distribution pact with Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: When my parents took me to a children's film festival in the Bay Area, and I saw The Red Balloon. It made me want to make movies.

    Who gave me my first big break: Professor Howard Suber and the good people at UCLA's Film School who admitted me into their producer's program. I came to Los Angeles with great passion and little experience in filmmaking.

    Toughest decision I had to make this year: Where to send my son for kindergarten.

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: Go to the playground with my son and husband.

    My indulgence: Pilates.

    Most surprising song on my iPhone: Burl Ives singing "Froggy Went a Courtin'."

    Proudest moment this year: Seeing my child sing "I'm Glad I'm Not a Turkey" at a school Thanksgiving show.

    Totally starstruck around: Sergio Mendes, who is returning to work on the music for Rio 2. He is a legend and a gentleman.

    What I'd tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: "Let your curiosity pave your way."

    Top three shows on my DVR: House Hunters, The X Factor and The View.

    Embarrassed to admit I watch: Yo Gabba Gabba! I watch it with or without my kid.

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