Winfrey powers her way to No. 1 on THR list

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Oprah Winfrey, chairman of Harpo, has been named the most powerful woman in entertainment on The Hollywood Reporter's 17th annual Women in Entertainment: Power 100 special issue.

Published under separate cover today, the Power 100 List honors the top 100 women in the motion picture and television industries. The unveiling of the ranked list will be this morning at The Reporter's annual breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

"The decision to place Oprah at the top of the list was based on her dizzying array of Oprah-branded media and her immense cultural influence," THR editor Elizabeth Guider said. "Today's most powerful woman in entertainment might just be the most influential woman in America."

Winfrey's is the most notable shift on the list, moving up from 2007's No. 6 spot. Of last year's top 10, nine are making at least their third consecutive appearance; only Mary Parent is new to the top 10.

The top tier is rounded out by Anne Sweeney, Disney Media Networks co-chairman (No. 2); Amy Pascal, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group and co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment (No. 3); Nancy Tellem, president of CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group (No. 4); Stacey Snider, co-chairman and CEO of DreamWorks (No. 5); Bonnie Hammer, president of USA Network and Sci Fi Channel (No. 6); Judy McGrath, chairman and CEO of MTV Networks (No. 7); Parent, chairwoman of the Worldwide Motion Picture Group at MGM (No. 8); Dana Walden, chairman of 20th Century Fox Television (No. 9); and Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment (No. 10). The complete list can be found at THR.com.

For the 17th year, the annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast is presented and sponsored by Lifetime Networks, which includes Lifetime Television and Lifetime Movie Network. In addition to Lifetime, the breakfast was held in association with Mikimoto, which commissioned this year's design of the Leadership Award. Teleflora also is a participating sponsor. Spanx is the gifting-room sponsor.

This year's program includes a Q&A with Winfrey, Pascal and Sweeney, moderated by Guider, and Oscar-nominated actress Sigourney Weaver is a featured speaker. The event begins with a champagne reception sponsored by American Women in Radio & Television, a welcome from Lifetime Networks president and CEO Andrea Wong, followed by Lansing's presentation of the Leadership Award to Glenn Close as well as remarks by Weaver followed by the Q&A panel.
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