It came down to Disney's Anne Sweeney vs. NBCUniversal's Bonnie Hammer as The Hollywood Reporter's 22nd annual rankings reveal a TV industry in flux, ongoing volatility at the film studios and the females behind (and in front of) every last big deal in town.
Sarah Barnett, 48, president, Sundance Channel
Jen Caserta, 42, president, IFC
The indie channels owned by AMC have attracted acclaim well beyond their boutique reach. Sundance earned nine Emmy noms for Top of the Lake. IFC's Portlandia beat out Jimmy Fallon for an Emmy variety-writing nom, and the net's viewership is up nearly 20 percent over last year.