Compassionate, Exhausting and ... Sexy? Hollywood's Most Powerful People Reveal What Their Assistants Think of Them

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From left: Dana Walden, Barry Jenkins, Dwayne Johnson

The Hollywood Reporter asked those who made the cut for its second annual THR 100 ranking how their assistants would describe them in one word.

How would your assistant describe you in one word?

That's one of the questions The Hollywood Reporter asked those who made the cut for its second annual ranking of the most powerful people in entertainment — and the responses were remarkably varied.

While some hoped they would be credited with compassion, kindness and happiness, others figured they could be tagged as crazy, relentless and anal-retentive.

Some on the list decided to eliminate the guesswork and ask the source: their assistant: "She said 'dynamic.' I would have guessed 'pressure,'" said Dana Walden, co-CEO and chairman at Fox TV Group.

Others felt they could not be summed up in just one word. "I have multiple assistants, and I think they would all say anything from ‘driven’ to ‘sexy’ to ‘kind,’" said Dwayne Johnson. "And [prone to] cheesy jokes."

Yet others didn't really want anyone to know what their assistant might say. Quipped UTA managing director David Kramer: "I beg you to not ask my assistant to describe me."

Read on for more of the responses.

Bob Iger, chairman/CEO, Walt Disney Co. (No. 1)
"Tenacious."

Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, Netflix (No. 2)
"Blur."

Steve Burke, CEO of NBC Universal and senior executive vp, Comcast Corp. (No. 3)
"On-time."

Bob Bakish, president and CEO, Viacom (No. 6) 
"Pragmatic."

Peter Rice, chairman and CEO, Fox Networks Group (No. 10)
"'British' in all its aspects."

Jeff Shell, chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment (No. 11)
"Relentless."

Ron Meyer, vice chairman, NBCU (No. 11)
"Anal-retentive."

Emma Watts, vice chairman and president of production, 20th Century Fox Film (No. 12)
"Direct."

Dana Walden, co-CEO and chairman, Fox TV Group (No. 16)
"I decided to ask my assistant and she said 'dynamic.' I would have guessed 'pressure.'"

Gary Newman, co-CEO and chairman, Fox TV Group (No. 16)
"It would probably be about my corny sense of humor."

John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios (No. 17)
"Passion."

Jon Feltheimer, CEO, Lionsgate Entertainment (No. 20)
"Hardworking."

Bonnie Hammer, chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment (No. 21)
"Two words, actually: control freak."

Richard Plepler, CEO, HBO (No. 23)
"Over-scheduled."

Casey Bloys, president of programming, HBO (No. 23)
"Nerd."

Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment (No. 26)
"Unflappable."

Tom Rothman, chairman, motion picture group, Sony Pictures Entertainment (No. 26)
"Eccentric."

Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC (No. 27)
"Proud (insert peacock reference here)."

Jennifer Salke, president, NBC (No. 27)
"Multitasker extraordinaire (OK, two words)."

Paul Telegdy, president, alternative & reality, NBC Entertainment (No. 27)
"Whirlwind."

Ryan Murphy, writer/executive producer (No. 28)
"Multitasker."

Chris Meledandri, CEO, Illumination Entertainment (No. 29)
"I [asked] and her response was: 'Non-stop, like that Hamilton song.'"

Jeremy Zimmer, CEO, United Talent Agency (No. 33)
"Non-stop."

David Kramer, managing director, United Talent Agency (No 33)
"I beg you to not ask my assistant to describe me."

Jay Sures, managing director, United Talent Agency (No. 33)
"Relentless."

Dwayne Johnson, actor/producer (No. 34)
"I have multiple assistants and I think they would all say anything from ‘driven’ to ‘sexy’ to ‘kind.’ And [prone to] cheesy jokes."

David Nevins, CEO, Showtime Networks (No. 36)
"Inscrutable."

Jason Blum, founder/CEO of Blumhouse Productions (No. 40)
"Exhausting."

Charlie Collier, president/GM, AMC (No. 42)
"Two words: 'Please hold.'”

Nancy Dubuc, president/CEO, A+E Networks (No. 44)
"Misunderstood."

Cindy Holland, vp original content, Netflix (No. 45)
"Compassionate (she really said that)."

Judd Apatow, director/producer (No. 51)
"Disenchanted."

Greg Berlanti, writer/producer (No. 52)
"Hypochondriac."

Jack Gao, interim CEO, Legendary and group vp/CEO, Wanda (No. 53)
"Crazy to perform."

Mary Parent, vice chair, worldwide productions, Legendary (No. 53)
"Intense."

Gary Barber, chairman and CEO, MGM (No. 54)
"Loyal."

Mark Burnett, president, MGM TV and Digital Group (No. 54)
"Provided by MB’s exec assistant … sagacious (look it up)."

Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment (No. 55)
"Animated. I’m a pretty high-energy person, I talk fast, I’m always running from one thing to another, and I tend to gesture a lot with my hands when I talk."

Mike Hopkins, CEO, Hulu (No. 57)
"Overly caffeinated."

Kevin Reilly, president, TNT/TBS, and chief creative officer, Turner (No. 58) 
"Genius … but call me on my private line."

Simon Kinberg, writer/producer (No. 59)
"Sleepless."

Chris Albrecht, CEO, Starz (No. 61)
"Oy!!!"

Diane Nelson, president, DC Entertainment (No. 64)
"Kind."

Jon Berg, co-president, production & development, Warner Bros. Pictures (No. 64)
"Hungry. I'm always eating."

Geoff Johns, president/chief creative officer, DC Entertainment (No. 64)
"Busy."

Adam Fogelson, chairman, STX Motion Picture Group (No. 66)
"Hillary (my wife)."

Tyler Perry, actor/producer and CEO, Tyler Perry Studios (No. 67)
"Savant."

Zack Van Amburg, president, U.S. programming and production, Sony Pictures TV (No. 69)
"Busy."

Kelly Kahl, president, CBS Entertainment (No. 71)
"Disorganized."

Noah Hawley, writer/producer (No. 76)
"Busy. Absent. I talk to him on the phone more than anything. I live in Austin, so I'm not actually in the office that much."

Chris Silbermann, managing partner, ICM Partners (No. 77)
"Coach."

Kevin Hart, actor/comedian (No. 80)
"Determined."

Shawn Levy, producer (No. 81)
"Specific."

Brett Ratner, CEO, RatPac Entertainment (No. 82)
"Exhausting."

David Linde, CEO, Participant Media (No. 83)
"Magnanimous … to a point."

Steve Harvey, talk show host/producer (No. 84)
"Unstoppable."

Damien Chazelle, director (No. 85)
"Forgetful."

Skip Brittenham, attorney (No. 86) 
"Happy."

Kevin Beggs, chairman, Lionsgate TV Group (No. 91)
"He would say 'task-oriented,' or maybe just 'task master!'"

Patty Jenkins, director (No. 94)
"Caffeinated."

Brian Grazer, partner, Imagine Entertainment (No. 95)
"Curious."

Neal Moritz, producer (No. 96)
"Fast & Furious."

Barry Jenkins, writer/director (No. 97)
"I asked. She says 'tenacious.' I'm not so sure about that!"

David Ellison, founder/CEO, Skydance (No. 99)
"Competitive."

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