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Women in Entertainment 2010 - Power 100 List

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    Vanessa Murchison
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    Vanessa Murchison
    President, Fox Animation

    Murchison was one of those “kids with a Super 8 camera” growing up, and her passion for storytelling hasn’t waned. After attending UC Berkeley and graduating from UCLA’s producing program, she landed an internship at Fox, where she has gone on to oversee such hits as Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and the franchise’s upcoming next installment, Ice Age: Continental Drift; Carlos Saldanha’s Brazil-set 3D feature Rio; and the supersecret Leaf Men, from director Chris Wedge. The exec, who once played in a steel-drum band, says having a physicist father put in her DNA the vast computerized world that’s now crucial to animation. “I’m in awe of people who are steeped in technology,” she says.

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