Alan Horn, Jeff Robinov highest-ranking execs

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LONDON -- Warner Bros president and COO Alan F. Horn and Warner Bros. Pictures president Jeff Robinov will be pleased to note they are the highest placed studio executives on a list of the top 100 most powerful people working in movies.

But Horn and Robinov will note, on closer inspection, that at No.14 in the "Film Power 100" list published Friday by The Guardian newspaper here, they rank behind producer Scott Rudin at No. 7 and Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner at No. 12.

The top spot went to James Cameron, not just because "Titanic" and "Avatar" garnered more than $4.5 billion globally at the box office, but for his evangelical mission to get everyone watching 3D.

Cameron pushed Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio into second and third spot respectively. Tom Cruise didn't make the cut. Neither did Michael Bay or George Lucas.

And someone possibly neither of them have heard of, British government minister Ed Vaizey, whose inclusion at No. 10 in the list of power players is down to the fact he is deciding who or what should be tasked with dishing out £30 million ($47 million) in lottery funding after the decision to shut down the U.K. Film Council was taken.

The Warner duo will also note, with some satisfaction, that the next best placed studio chiefs making the list are Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulous at No. 16, separated only by director Ridley Scott at No.15.

Paramount Pictures chief Brad Gray at No. 19 and Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal and SPE vice-chair Jeff Blake at No. 22 also rank with Dreamworks Animation chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg at No. 23 and Walt Disney Co. chief executive Bob Iger and Walt Disney Studios chairman Richard Ross making it to 25th on the list.

Readers will have to go to No. 28 on the list before coming across Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson.

The list was compiled and ranked by an advisory panel which included independent producer Colin Vaines, U.K. Film Council distribution and exhibition chief Peter Buckingham and former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival Hannah McGill.
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