The Hollywood Reporter's 2013 Women in Entertainment Power 100

10:29 AM 12/10/2013

by THR Staff

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.

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    Anne Sweeney

    56, Co-chairman, Disney Media Networks; president, Disney/ABC Television Group

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    IS POWER IN HOLLYWOOD DEFINED BY THE size of a portfolio and profit margins? Or is it the contribution to a company's bottom line? Or maybe it's the ability to make deals happen? Sweeney, THR's most powerful woman in entertainment for the fourth straight year, hits all the levers. Her Disney/ABC empire is larger and generates more revenue and profit than that of any other female executive. In 2013, she supervised a partnership between Marvel TV and ABC Studios to make four programs and a miniseries for Netflix; was instrumental in distribution deals with Cablevision, Cox, Charter and AT&T U-verse that will net billions; debuted live broadcast mobile app Watch ABC, which has been downloaded more than 13 million times; launched Disney Junior, a preschool cable channel, in 60 million households; and orchestrated Jimmy Kimmel's move to 11:35 p.m. "Our priority is staying close to the consumer," says Sweeney, a married mother of two grown children. "We are on their phones and their tablets. Being relevant and useful are very important to our company." Sweeney's portfolio includes the ABC network; Disney Channels Worldwide (107 channels in 166 countries reaching 431 million households); Radio Disney; ABC Family (and ABC Spark in Canada); ABC Studios; ABC's owned stations (including No. 1 WABC in New York); and the company's 50 percent equity interest in A+E Networks, 50 percent equity interest in Univision joint venture Fusion and Disney's equity interest in Hulu. With her boss, Disney CEO Robert Iger, extending his deal into 2016, speculation has swirled about Sweeney's next move. Where does she see herself in five years? "Doing what I'm doing now," she insists. "I have the best job in the world. And the good thing is, I know it." -- MARISA GUTHRIE

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    Bonnie Hammer

    63, Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group

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    PICKING NO. 1 VS. NO. 2 HAS NEVER BEEN harder than it was this year, with the white-hot Hammer having doubled her cable portfolio at NBCUniversal in February. With a stellar reputation, and wind at her back, Hammer already was running the conglom's biggest, most profitable portfolio (E!, Syfy and USA, which is marking its eighth year as cable's top-rated entertainment network) when CEO Steve Burke gave her oversight of Bravo, Oxygen, Sprout, TVOne and Style, which she relaunched in September as Esquire Network. Her division will contribute $5.5 billion in revenue and more than half of NBC's total profit in 2013, and Hammer has wasted no time switching up her executive team. She admits Esquire is a tough proposition ("It's a gazillion times harder to launch a new channel in this environment"). But she refuses to be satisfied with the job she's done. She's trying to give each channel a clear identity, such as reinventing E! for more upscale 30-somethings, Oxygen for younger women, and so on. "The truth is, right now everything needs work," says Hammer, who lives in Westport, Conn., with her husband. (She has two kids, a college-age son and grown daughter.) "From Esquire to USA, which makes more profit than most everything, you can never just settle in and say, 'We're good enough.' " -- M.G.

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    Nancy Dubuc

    45, President and CEO, A+E Networks

    ON MAY 31, HUNDREDS OF A+E EMPLOYEES GATHERED AT CIPRIANI in Manhattan to mark the passing of the baton from 30-year vet Abbe Raven to Dubuc, her protege. Onstage, the two women were greeted by a sustained standing ovation. "We were both taken aback," recalls Dubuc. Her massive portfolio includes a suite of domestic networks -- History and A&E, both top-five cable entertainment networks; Lifetime; bio; LMN; H2; Military History -- as well as A&E IndieFilms, consumer products and digital. She also oversees 160 international channels that reach more than 300 million households in 38 languages, bringing the value of her domain to $20 billion, with projected annual revenue of $3.7 billion. The company is on track to have its most watched year thanks to A&E's Duck Dynasty (its fourth-season premiere notched nearly 12 million viewers in August) and miniseries The Bible (which pulled in 11.4 million viewers and propelled History to No. 1 for its Sunday night time period in March). "At our core, we are a content company," says Dubuc. "That content has to be the very best. You can't be a company of this size and be doing what everybody else is doing." -- M.G.

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    Amy Pascal

    55, Co-chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment

    UNDER PRESSURE FROM INVESTORS WHEN SUCH PRICEY MOVIES AS Will Smith's After Earth and the Roland Emmerich-directed White House Down fell well short of expectations, Pascal and Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton were forced to cut $250 million in costs by 2016 and trim the studio's slate. "The crowded box office this summer made it more difficult for new films to connect with audiences and even more difficult for them to hold from week to week," she says. But Pascal is still Hollywood's most influential female film executive. This year she brought in Tom Rothman to reboot the studio's TriStar label and Michael De Luca to a production job; Captain Phillips has collected nearly $189 million worldwide; and David O. Russell's American Hustle, which Sony will distribute, promises to be an awards contender. Next summer could be big with May's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Lately she has taken to reminding the town that she oversees Sony TV, home to Breaking Bad, its nascent spinoff and NBC's The Blacklist, fall's top new drama. "Change is never easy," says Pascal -- married to journalist Bernard Weinraub; they have a teenage son -- of a year that saw the exit of several Sony execs. "But we are focused on building for the future." -- GREGG KILDAY

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    Dana Walden

    49, Chairman and CEO, 20th Century Fox Television

    GROWING HER CATALOG OF SERIES FROM 34 TO 44 IN THE PAST YEAR, WALDEN (with fellow chairman Gary Newman) added syndication and distribution businesses to her portfolio in 2013. Her critically acclaimed slate, which includes Homeland, Modern Family, American Horror Story and the freshman hit Sleepy Hollow, stands to grow even more following an aggressive development season. "This was a company that once produced TV for just four broadcast networks," says Walden, who started at the studio in PR in 1992. "This season, we've had programming on 16 different platforms." Walden and 20th also brokered the biggest off-net deal in TV history, with The Simpsons potentially generating $1 billion in its sale to FXX. She has a pilot in the works at HBO from 20th TV golden child Ryan Murphy, summer saw the return of the cult comedy Arrested Development on platform du jour Netflix, and Fox will relaunch 24 as an event series in summer 2014. Walden says that despite being a studio and not a network, 20th TV shows have a consistent stamp of quality: "We consider ourselves a company that has a relationship with our consumers. We're not middlemen." -- MICHAEL O'CONNELL

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    Donna Langley

    45, Chairman, Universal Pictures

    IT WAS A YEAR OF HIGHS AND LOWS FOR THE NEWLY promoted Universal chairman. She amassed more power in September upon the departure of chairman Adam Fogelson, then engineered the overhaul of Focus Features that included the exit of CEO James Schamus and arrival of new CEO Peter Schlessel. Universal is enjoying its biggest year ever at the global box office -- revenue is running north of $3.7 billion (though the flop R.I.P.D. was a blot on summer and December's pricey 47 Ronin has bad buzz). Still, Langley is shepherding the hot project Fifty Shades of Grey. "It's the kind of challenge we live for," says Langley, who hopes for a franchise based on EL James' book series. Married with two young sons, Langley attributes the studio's record year to a well-rounded slate that included tentpoles such as Illumination's Despicable Me 2 ($918.3 million) and Fast & Furious 6 ($788.7 million) and midlevel hits like the Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief ($229.7 million) and the horror pic Mama ($146.4 million). But the tragic death Nov. 30 of Paul Walker, star of the Fast & Furious franchise, leaves the series' seventh installment in limbo. And now it's up to Langley to figure out how or if the film can be salvaged. -- PAMELA McCLINTOCK

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    Nina Tassler

    56, President, CBS Entertainment

    TV'S MOST WATCHED NETWORK, CBS SCORED A WIN AMONG the 18-to-49 demographic for the 2012-13 season, its first in 20 years. "I don't feel we've ever not been cool," says Tassler, TV's longest-serving broadcast entertainment president after eight years on the job. "We are most definitely relevant." Tassler also saw CBS secure the most ad commitments for the 2013-14 season of any network, totaling $2.6 billion. And, despite the network's lack of a new fall hit, The Big Bang Theory and NCIS still are TV's most watched shows, while the success of Under the Dome, from Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, is helping boost the trend toward summer programming and event series. Dome lured about 15 million viewers (and a 3.9 rating in 18-to-49) on CBS, plus more via an innovative and lucrative streaming deal with Amazon Prime (the show returns in 2014). "It's about great auspices," says Tassler of Dome's talent roster. "Like partnering with Vince Gilligan and David Shore on Battle Creek as well." Tassler, who is married with two children, is writing What I Told My Daughter: Raising Feminist Daughters in a Post-Modern Feminist World, with a portion of proceeds to go to the nonprofit Girls Inc. "It gives me great, as we say in Yiddish, nachas [joy and pride]." -- M.O.

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    Oprah Winfrey

    59, Chairman, CEO and chief creative officer, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

    IT'S AN UNSEASONABLY WARM NOVEMBER DAY AS I WIND MY WAY through the roads of Montecito, Calif., to an estate tucked behind an imposing gate. A security guard checks my credentials as I arrive. I'm a bit tense, but who wouldn't be? In a matter of minutes, I'll be interviewing the most famous woman in the world.

    The iron rails open to reveal grounds so exquisite, they could be confused for a five-star resort. The guard has hopped on a golf cart and now is leading me through manicured greens that stretch 42 acres. For a second, I catch a glimpse of the property's main house, a neoclassical edifice in the distance. Scurrying about is a sea of workers, who are a year or so into a remodeling project still months from completion. We take a sharp left, meandering down a long cobblestone road toward another property, this one shielded by a wall of bricks. I park my car and am ushered through a door that leads to a modest, multibedroom cottage -- and suddenly I see her, Oprah Winfrey.

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    Sue Kroll

    President of worldwide marketing and international distribution, Warner Bros.

    WARNER BROS.' TOP FEMALE EXEC HAS EMERGED WITH MORE INFLUENCE after the executive power struggle that led to film chief Jeff Robinov's exit. Kroll's campaigns have helped put the studio ahead of its rivals, with revenue hovering around $4.2 billion. On top of that, Ben Affleck thanked her from the Oscar stage for shepherding Argo to a best picture win. Considering her clout, it was no surprise when she was named one of three execs to run the studio for newly promoted Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara. Her duties have expanded to include distribution as well as marketing, while Greg Silverman runs worldwide production and Toby Emmerich heads New Line. (Kroll's new title covers international distribution only until domestic president Dan Fellman retires.) Her biggest coup of 2013 was Gravity, a global hit that has earned more than $600 million and has emerged an awards contender. Kroll's campaign for Gravity, including black billboards showing the hint of a free-floating astronaut, tapped into Sandra Bullock's character's pain. "You experienced the fear with her," says the married exec, whose raunchy red-band campaign for We're the Millers also paid off, helping the film gross nearly $270 million globally. The horror pic The Conjuring earned $316.7 million, nearly 16 times its $20 million budget. Warner Bros.' outreach to the faith-based community included materials that helped religious leaders incorporate Superman into sermons. "The most interesting thing is to figure out how to tap into people who may not think a movie is for them." -- P.M.

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    Kathleen Kennedy

    60, President, Lucasfilm

    WHEN SHE AGREED IN 2012 TO TAKE OVER THE EMPIRE THAT GEORGE LUCAS built, Kennedy became perhaps the most powerful -- and scrutinized -- film producer in Hollywood. Her every move on Disney's Star Wars: Episode VII, the first new installment of the $4.5 billion-grossing franchise in nearly a decade, has been debated endlessly. Persuading J.J. Abrams to direct? Huge coup! Pushing its summer 2015 release to December 2015 after Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over writing duties? Troublesome! As if that weren't pressure enough, Kennedy -- whose Steven Spielberg-directed Lincoln grossed $275 million worldwide this year and won Daniel Day-Lewis an Oscar -- also wears an executive hat, managing a 1,500-employee company that includes VFX house Industrial Light & Magic (which worked on this year's Pacific Rim and Star Trek Into Darkness); Skywalker Sound; a gaming division as it shifts into licensing titles; and Lucasfilm Animation, which is behind a new Star Wars animated series. Lucasfilm already generates about $215 million a year for Disney, but with a new Star Wars on the horizon, its revenue soon will shoot into hyperdrive. -- G.K.

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    The Box Office Queens

    Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy

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    Sandra Bullock, 49
    Melissa McCarthy, 43
    Only three actresses starred in two home runs in 2013: Bullock pulled off a top-grossing comedy in The Heat ($230 million worldwide) and has steered Gravity to $616 million (and counting) and likely Oscar noms. Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire took in more than $580 million in its first 12 days, and she's emerging as a frontrunner to win another Oscar for American Hustle. And McCarthy's comic appeal drove Identity Thief to $174 million worldwide and she played perfectly off Bullock in The Heat.
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    Megan Colligan

    40, President of domestic marketing and distribution, Paramount Pictures

    The studio earned $828 million-plus in domestic revenue, running 9 percent above 2012. She also sold Brad Pitt as a zombie hunter in World War Z and is breaking into awards season with The Wolf of Wall Street on Dec. 25.

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    Jennifer Salke

    49, President, NBC Entertainment

    Topping the Big Four again this fall, NBC counts its top bragging point of 2013 as The Blacklist, fall's biggest hit, which scored an early renewal thanks to an average 5.2 rating in the key demo.

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    Abbe Raven

    60, Chairman, A+E Networks

    In June, Raven passed the CEO baton to Nancy Dubuc after 30 years at the company she helped build from a nascent arts channel to a global player with 10 domestic channels, digital, a film shingle and a worldwide business that reaches more than 350 million households in 160 countries. In her new advisory role, Raven identifies business opportunities and oversees Washington-based initiatives.

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    Eileen O'Neill

    47, Group president, TLC and Discovery

    This year, Discovery U.S. will generate $1.07 billion in revenue, while TLC will generate $593 million. O'Neill also owned the event space this year with Nik Wallenda's traverse of the Grand Canyon, Skywire Live, which lured 13 million viewers.

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    Veronika Kwan Vandenberg

    50, President of distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures Int'l

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    Vandenberg's unit could crack $3 billion in international box-office revenue for the first time in studio history, including Gravity's foreign haul of $365 million-plus. Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara announced she'll take over domestic distribution upon Dan Fellman's retirement.

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    Nikki Rocco

    64, President of domestic distribution, Universal Pictures

    Universal is enjoying a record year at the domestic box office, fueled by Despicable Me 2 and Fast & Furious 6, with its total box office hitting north of $1.4 billion. Rocco opened The Purge in midsummer to $64.5 million, 21 times its $3 million budget (and she can't be blamed for flop R.I.P.D.).

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    Stacey Snider

    52, Co-chairman and CEO, DreamWorks Studios

    Snider's year had a stellar start with Lincoln, which grossed $275.3 million worldwide. The disappointing returns of The Fifth Estate and soft start of Delivery Man were at least offset by the studio's mandate to streamline: Estate cost just $26 million, Delivery $22 million.

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    Patricia Fili-Krushel

    60, Chairman, NBCUniversal News Group

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    With assets that reach more than 120 million consumers monthly, Fili-Krushel presides over a highly profitable news division thanks to MSNBC and CNBC; the latter has among the highest ad rates on TV and is expected to generate ad revenue of $213 million this year.

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    Elizabeth Gabler

    57, President, Fox 2000

    Released Nov. 21, 2012, Life of Pi earned $40 million of its $125 million domestic haul and nearly all of its $484 million global take in 2013 and nabbed Ang Lee a best director Oscar.

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    Ann Daly

    57, COO, DreamWorks Animation

    While DWA was forced to take an $87 million write-down for Rise of the Guardians, it rebounded as it moved its distribution deal from Paramount to Fox. A June deal has the studio providing Netflix with 300 hours of children's programming, while stock has soared by more than 100 percent.

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    Nancy Utley

    58, President, Fox Searchlight

    She can lay claim to the year's specialty breakout, 12 Years a Slave, which has earned $33.9 million in North America, eclipsing Blue Jasmine ($32.8 million). Utley also orchestrated the successful release of Enough Said, a delicate proposition after the death of star James Gandolfini.

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    Cyma Zarghami

    51, President, Nickelodeon Group

    Zarghami's portfolio, the most profitable among Viacom's cable channels, will generate more than $2.1 billion in revenue this year thanks to Nick's robust consumer products division; the reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles drove more than $450 million in global retail sales.

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    Debra Lee

    58, CEO, BET Networks

    Lee can boast the Nos. 1 and 2 sitcoms on all of cable among adults 18-to-49: The March finale of Kevin Hart's The Real Husbands of Hollywood had 6 million viewers; The Game maintains 3.5 million-plus viewers. The BET Awards hit 7.8 million viewers -- a four-year high -- while Lee saw the net's original movie (turned upcoming series) Being Mary Jane premiere to 5 million viewers.

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    Cecile Frot-Coutaz

    47, CEO, FremantleMedia

    A move to London in 2012 added global oversight to this Fremantle lifer's résumé. Going on her 19th year with the company, Frot-Coutaz launched American Idol and The X Factor, and as both creator and distributor of programming (which includes The Price Is Right), she harnesses a great deal of influence over what hundreds of millions watch on TV.

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    Frances Berwick

    President, Bravo and Oxygen Media

    Fueled by the Real Housewives franchise and Top Chef, 2013 will be Bravo's best year in ratings and profit. Its 2013 revenue was more than $650 million; revenue for Oxygen, which Berwick added to her purview this fall, was around $251 million.

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    Michele Ganeless

    48, President, Comedy Central

    A summer break for Jon Stewart couldn't derail The Daily Show's dominance, as it and The Colbert Report remain late night's top performers. South Park is hitting four-year highs in its 17th season, and Key & Peele continues to gain, helping solidify the net's dominance among young males.

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    Emma Watts

    43, President of production, 20th Century Fox

    Under Watts, the studio had big winners with The Heat and The Wolverine ($415 million worldwide), the highest-grossing X-Men movie internationally.

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    Vanessa Morrison

    44, President, Fox Animation Studios

    Morrison and Fox's animation division didn't scale the heights of an Ice Age movie this year, but its Epic made a not-bad $264 million worldwide. Next: Rio 2, due out in 2014, and Peanuts, due in 2015.

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    Bela Bajaria

    42, Executive vp, Universal TV

    The newly elected Hollywood Radio & Television Society president holds a portfolio that includes sophomore hit Chicago Fire and critical darlings in Fox's Brooklyn Nine-NineThe Mindy Project and A&E's Bates Motel. Forty-two Emmy nominations are more feathers in her cap.

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    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

    Their Globes hosting gig lured giant ratings of nearly 20 million viewers (the highest in six years), securing the BFFs the job through 2015. Eight-time Emmy winner Fey ended her 30 Rock run with a statuette for comedy writing, a deal at Universal and a big role in the next Muppets, while nine-time Emmy nominee Poehler has taken a non-Parks & Recreation gig as director-producer of Comedy Central's Broad City.

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    Shari Redstone

    59, Vice chair, Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp.; president, National Amusements

    (also: co-founder, Advancit Capital; co-chair,

    She plays only a small role in Viacom and CBS' operations, but she is chairman Sumner Redstone's primary heir (though it's not clear she will control the empire). Under Shari, National Amusements has voting control of Viacom and CBS.


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    Hannah Minghella

    34, President of production, Sony Pictures

    Minghella shares her title with Michael De Luca, who joined as a second production president Dec. 6. She oversaw awards contenders Captain Phillips (nearing $200 million worldwide) and American Hustle and is developing Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's animated Sausage Party and Goosebumps.

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    Marion Edwards

    President of international television, 20th Century Fox

    With the studio's bustling slate, including American Horror Story, Edwards led 20th to a record financial year with inroads in international markets. China will see its own take on Glee, with a Russian version of Bones on deck.

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    Janice Marinelli

    President, Disney Studio global in-home and digital distribution

    This year, her role expanded from domestic to worldwide oversight of distribution of all content (outside of theatrical movies). In this capacity, she handled the Netflix deal making it the exclusive pay TV service for first-run and animated movies (beginning in 2016) and oversaw the selection of Michael Strahan to join Kelly Ripa on Live, boosting the daily talk show's ratings.

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    Megan Ellison

    27, Producer, 'Her,' 'American Hustle'

    Ellison's role as principal/founder of Annapurna Pictures proved key to financing and developing last year's Zero Dark Thirty and The Master. She helped make David O. Russell's American Hustle and Spike Jonze's Her hot awards contenders and is producing the next Terminator.

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    Nina Jacobson

    48, Producer, 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

    Jacobson can boast only one film in 2013, Catching Fire, but it's a monster that earned $573 million in its first 11 days and is on its way to eclipsing the first film's $691 million haul.

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    Belinda Menendez

    President, NBCUniversal International Television Distribution and Universal Networks International

    Since Comcast reorganized international TV two years ago, Menendez has maximized program distribution and newly packaged and expanded cable channels in Asia and Africa, among others. She also began experiments with second pay TV windows worldwide.

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    Diane Nelson

    46, President, DC Entertainment; president and chief content officer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

    Newly appointed Warners CEO Kevin Tsujihara expanded Nelson's responsibilities to include oversight of Warners' video game division, the fifth-largest game studio in the world. Arrow is a bona fide TV success, DC is developing The Flash, Gotham and Hourman, and the relaunch of Superman with Man of Steel has spawned a sequel that will include Batman and Wonder Woman.

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    Cindy Holland

    44, vp original content, Netflix

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    As Ted Sarandos' right hand, Holland is a go-to exec at one of the sexiest buyers in town. And with Netflix's annual content budget of $2 billion -- and as much as 10 percent earmarked for originals -- she and her boss have the type of leverage to lead TV's transformation. Holland was a champion of Orange Is the New Black and is intimately involved in the multiseries deal with Marvel.

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    Shonda Rhimes

    43, Creator, 'Grey’s Anatomy,' 'Scandal' (ABC)

    After Private Practice ended its run in January, Rhimes' Scandal earned an Emmy nom for star Kerry Washington, helping to fuel record ratings for the show's third season. In season three, Scandal is up 57 percent among adults 18-to-49. The series is closing the gap with its lead-in, 10-year-old Grey's, still ABC's top drama in 18-to-49. There's a book deal and a film coming too.

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    Paula Kerger

    55, President and CEO, PBS

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    The public broadcaster now ranks as the No. 7 network in primetime thanks to viewers' allegiance to Downton Abbey. Season three was the highest-rated drama in PBS history, reaching more than 24 million viewers. Kerger also is a strong supporter of PBS' web-original content, with more than two dozen series on YouTube.

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    Gale Anne Hurd

    58, Producer, 'The Walking Dead'

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    The AMC zombie drama returned for its fourth season to more record ratings, topping Sunday Night Football on multiple airings and up more than 600,000 total viewers compared with the second half of season three. Hurd also has sold projects via her Universal Cable Productions-based Valhalla Entertainment, including USA pilot Horizon, Syfy's Hunters and FX's Crash and Burn.

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    Nancy Kirkpatrick

    58, President, worldwide marketing, Summit Entertainment

    The mastermind behind the multibillion Twilight film franchise performed more magic this year with Now You See Me, a $75 million magician heist summer pic that grossed a stunning $351.7 million globally.

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    Ellen DeGeneres

    55, Host, 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

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    Oscar's next (and returning) host has the best ratings for her talk show in its 11 years, up 13 percent in females 25-to-54. Her producing slate has CW projects and a comedy with Murphy Brown's Diane English.

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    Amy Miles

    47, CEO, Regal Entertainment

    Miles reported more record earnings for Regal, with revenue reaching $813 million in the third quarter, ahead of analysts' expectations and the $693 million posted for the same quarter a year ago. The theater chain now operates 7,334 locations, 50 more than last year.

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    Suzanne Kolb

    44, President, E! Entertainment

    Although a new series starring Ryan Lochte sank, Kolb still has a collection of Kardashian shows propping up her portfolio. She's made key hires in programming and news and is pushing the reality brand into scripted fare.

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    Susanne Daniels

    48, Programming president, MTV

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    In her first year, MTV had five of the top 20 cable series among 12- to 34-year-olds. She doubled its scripted slate with two new comedies that will join hits Awkward and Teen Wolf.

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    Terry Press

    53, Co-president, CBS Films


    She scored with Last Vegas, the sexagenarian riff on The Hangover franchise that has earned nearly $60 million domestically -- the top-grossing title in her division's history. Press now is orchestrating an awards campaign for the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis.

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    Holly Bario

    46, President of production, DreamWorks

    The year started strong with Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, which was nominated for 12 Oscars and won two. But her 2013 releases hit a bumpy road, with The Fifth Estate and Delivery Man fizzling. Bario hopes to bounce back in 2014 with the racing film Need for Speed, out March 14.

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    Sandra Stern

    COO, Lionsgate TV

    As Lionsgate's portfolio grows, Stern can tout its innovative digital deals for Deadbeat (Hulu) and Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) as well as 10/90 series pacts for comedies from George Lopez and the pairing of Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence.

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    Sheila Nevins

    President, HBO Documentary Films

    Nevins' films have received 54 Emmys (26 Primetime, 28 News & Documentary) and 21 Oscars. She has a knack for luring reticent icons to submit to the documentary treatment; in 2013, she landed composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. And she continues to provide a home for unlikely filmmakers including Whoopi Goldberg, who produced a doc about pioneering black comedian Moms Mabley.

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    Dawn Taubin

    54, Chief marketing officer, DreamWorks Animation

    A 2008 fallout with then-president of production Jeff Robinov led to her exiting Warner Bros. In 2013, Taubin returned to the studio world, heading marketing operations at Jeffrey Katzenberg's animation studio and coordinating President Obama's November visit to DWA's campus.

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    Deborah Barak

    56, Executive vp business operations, CBS Network TV Entertainment Group

    Her network's model for the summer event series Under the Dome could repeat success in 2014 with the Halle Berry starrer Extant, and license renewals for How I Met Your MotherTwo and a Half Men and Late Show With David Letterman continue to be lucrative for the 2012-13 season's top-rated net.

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    Tonia O’Connor

    44, President of content distribution and corporate business development, Univision Communications

    The company's highest-ranking woman led negotiations for a deal with Time Warner Cable that includes carriage of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's El Rey network and crafted a partnership with digital programmer Bedrocket to create Univision's first video destination aimed at young consumers.

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    Beth Swofford

    Motion picture literary agent, CAA

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    Swofford was key in landing J.J. Abrams the next Star Wars film, along with Sam Mendes' return to direct the 24th James Bond movie. She also reps hitmaker Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Oscar contenders Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) and Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave).

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    Tracey Jacobs

    55, Board member, partner, UTA

    Known for an A-list roster that includes Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow, Jacobs was key to Kristen Wiig landing The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and putting into motion Brad Bird's Tomorrowland. She also spearheaded client Elton John's biopic Rocketman, set to star Tom Hardy.

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    Michelle Bohan

    Partner, talent agent, WME

    Bohan brokered client Tina Fey's overall deal at NBC and Steve Carell's dramatic turn in Foxcatcher. Her drama heavyweights include Amy Adams, a double contender for Her and American Hustle, and Emma Thompson, whose Saving Mr. Banks is garnering buzz.

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    Hylda Queally

    52, Motion picture talent agent, CAA

    Queally's buzzy clients include Cate Blanchett (whose turn in Blue Jasmine is likely Oscar bait), Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and newcomer Adele Exarchopoulos of the Cannes hit Blue Is the Warmest Color.

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    Jacqueline Hernandez

    47, COO, Telemundo Media

    Hernandez oversees domestic revenue and marketing, digital media and emerging platforms, youth-targeted cable network mun2 and consumer insights, and she is focused on the metrics driving advertisers to spend more on the Hispanic market. She also brokered blue-chip ad deals with Target and L'Oreal Paris.

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    Claudia Lewis

    57, President of production, Fox Searchlight

    Fox's indie label churned out six movies in 2013, ranging from Danny Boyle's Trance to James Gandolfini's final film, Enough Said, though its acquisition title 12 Years a Slave is the breakout hit. The pace continues with Jean-Marc Vallee's Reese Witherspoon drama Wild, his follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club.

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    The General Counsels

    Leah Weil, Gwen Marcus, Maren Christensen, Rebecca Prentice and Rita Tuzon

    Leah Weil, 53, Sony Pictures (top left)
    Gwen Marcus, 57, Showtime (top right)
    Maren Christensen, Universal Studios (center)
    Rebecca Prentice, 59, Paramount (bottom left)
    Rita Tuzon, 54, Fox Networks Group (bottom right)

    Christensen manages operations and is one of the industry's premier anti-piracy experts. Marcus is a key dealmaker and a leader in the company's diversity efforts. Prentice is working to reduce expenses amid a shift to fewer movie releases. Tuzon -- one of the top lawyers in Rupert Murdoch's TV empire -- has been aggressive in fighting the legal war against Dish's ad-skipping Hopper device, while Weil oversees Sony's vast legal department and protects Spider-Man from intellectual property theft.

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    The Film Academy Chiefs

    Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Dawn Hudson

    Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President
    Dawn Hudson, CEO
    In July, Isaacs was elected the Academy's first African-American president and quickly signed off on Ellen DeGeneres as host of the upcoming Oscars. Hudson has solicited donations for the $300 million campaign behind the Academy Museum set to open in 2017.
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    Melanie Cook

    Partner, Ziffren Brittenham

    Hollywood's most powerful female talent lawyer was at the center of the lengthy negotiation that will return Sam Mendes to direct the next James Bond movie. She helped client James Spader land NBC's The Blacklist, negotiated Breaking Bad producer Mark Johnson's Sony deal and set up films for Tim Burton and Nancy Meyers. Her work for producer Scott Rudin led to an extensive partnership with mogul Barry Diller.

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    The Presidents of Network Ad Sales

    Jo Ann Ross, Geri Wang and Linda Yaccarino

    Jo Ann Ross, 60, CBS
    Geri Wang, 53, ABC
    Linda Yaccarino, 50, NBCUniversal

    Yaccarino has the biggest portfolio, courtesy of NBC's 17 cable networks, more than 50 digital properties, flagship NBC and growing Spanish-language net Telemundo. Ross has the No. 1 network to sell among total viewers, viewers 25-to-54 and the 18-to-49 demographic. Wang was key to innovative sales efforts for new media and digital properties. Together they moved close to $14 billion at this year's upfronts.


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    The Power Managers

    Cynthia Pett and Suzan Bymel

    Cynthia Pett, 51, Co-owner, Brillstein Entertainment
    Suzan Bymel, Founding partner, Management 360
    Pett reps 24-year client Brad Pitt as well as up-and-comers like Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Bymel manages 2013 Oscar winner Anne Hathaway and Michelle Pfeiffer.
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    Jeanne Newman

    Partner, Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Warren Richman Rush & Kaller

    A reality TV deal pioneer, Newman this year repped producer All 3 Media in the agreement that led to NBC's live Million Second Quiz experiment.

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    The Pop Stars

    Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry

    Beyonce, 32
    Miley Cyrus, 21
    Taylor Swift, 23
    Rihanna, 25
    Lady Gaga, 27
    Katy Perry, 29

    Beyonce's Mrs. Carter Show tour has grossed more than $100 million since April. Cyrus' MTV Video Awards hoopla led to stellar first week sales of Bangerz (to the tune of 270,000 units) and a hotly anticipated 2014 world tour. Swift sold 1 million copies of her 2012 release Red in a single week, and then 3 million more. Rihanna saw six singles from her latest album, 2012's Unapologetic, reach No. 1. Gaga is promoting pop as art in the campaign for her latest album, Artpop, boosted by a hot Saturday Night Live host gig. And Perry's first single from her 2013 album, Prism, sold 3.9 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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    Gail Berman

    57, Co-owner, BermanBraun

    NBC canceled her primetime soap Deception after one season, but Berman and partner Lloyd Braun, who still have a bustling digital business, minted a new deal with MGM for scripted and unscripted programming and features, starting with an animated version of The Addams Family.

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    Lisa Gregorian

    50, Chief marketing officer, Warner Bros. Television Group

    Gregorian leads the studio's take-over of comic-book geekdom; in 2013, WBTV staged nearly 20 panels and teamed with DC to celebrate 75 years of Superman.

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    Marla Provencio

    47, Executive vp marketing and chief marketing officer, ABC Entertainment Group


    Provencio has a staff of over 150 under her purview, with a hot entertainment partnership with Facebook, aggressive online tie-ins and successful launches for Agents of SHIELD and Scandal.

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    Katherine Pope

    41, President of television, Chernin Entertainment

    After a busy development season, she still has one of TV's best-reviewed comedies in New Girl and has exec produced the straight-to-series Hieroglyph, another project with 20th Century Fox Television.

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    Toni Howard

    69, Partner, ICM Partners

    Stephen Sugerman/Getty Images

    Howard reps Samuel L. Jackson, Edie Falco and Christopher Walken. She landed 30-year client James Spader the lead in NBC's The Blacklist, fall's biggest new hit.

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    Nina Shaw

    59, Partner, Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano

    Honored as the entertainment lawyer of the year by the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Shaw reps the town's top African-American talent like Jamie Foxx, Nick Cannon and director Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man Holiday).

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    Rebecca Eaton

    66, Executive producer, 'Masterpiece'

    Masterpiece is the (now) hip U.S. home of Downton Abbey (which grossed 24 million global viewers in 2013) and Sherlock, starring "It" actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

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    Risa Gertner

    50, Co-head, film literary department, CAA

    Courtesy of CAA

    Gertner helped client Simon Kinberg land the competitive gigs of penning the Star Wars and Fantastic Four reboots. She also reps prolific writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Sleepy Hollow).

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    Sonya Rosenfeld

    Co-head, TV department, CAA

    The agency's most senior female TV agent got Showtime's critical hit Masters of Sex, CBS' Hostages and NBC's Dracula on the air. Her clients include writer-actor Melissa McCarthy and busy executive producer Graham Yost (The Americans, Justified).

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    Sharon Jackson

    Partner, WME

    Client Jonah Hill has Oscar buzz (again) and Amy Poehler hit it out of the park as Globes co-host. Other in-demand clients include Jason Segel and Elisabeth Moss.

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    Blair Kohan

    45, Partner, motion picture agent, UTA

    Kohan has elevated the careers of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg with their feature directorial debut, Sony's This Is the End, which grossed north of $124 million worldwide. She also reps Paul Rudd and writer John Francis Daley (Horrible Bosses 2).

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    Carole Cooper

    Agent and vp, N.S. Bienstock

    Cooper's roster includes Fox News superstar Bill O'Reilly and Anderson Cooper, for whom she finalized a new contract keeping him at CNN through 2016. She also landed Megyn Kelly a new $6 million deal with Fox News.

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    Robbie Brenner

    42, Producer, president of production, Relativity Media

    Brenner's awards-bait drama Dallas Buyers Club has earned more than $10 million; another, the gritty Christian Bale drama Out of the Furnace, opened Dec. 4. She also produced the Stallone-Schwarzenegger pic Escape Plan, which has earned $117 million worldwide.


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    Dede Gardner

    45, Producer, '12 Years a Slave,' 'World War Z'

    Kevin Winter/Getty Images

    With Plan B partner Brad Pitt, she saw the beleaguered World War Z earn $540 million worldwide and 12 Years a Slave take in $33 million in six weeks on its way to awards.

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    Debbee Klein

    51, Co-head, literary department, Paradigm

    Klein packaged CBS' summer hit Under the Dome with showrunner client Neal Baer and Stephen King. She also reps writer-producer Shane Brennan, who executive produces ratings giant NCIS and showruns its spinoff NCIS: LA.

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    Nancy Tellem

    60, President, entertainment and digital media, Microsoft

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    Tellem will launch an L.A.-based studio to develop original TV programming for 40 million Xbox Live subscribers. Microsoft also announced a partnership with Steven Spielberg to produce a live-action Halo TV series based on the multibillion-dollar game.

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    Michelle Raimo Kouyate

    46, President of production, Sony Pictures Animation

    The Smurfs 2 was the highest-grossing film worldwide for Sony's film unit this year with $347 million, and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 became the company's second-biggest release domestically, bringing in $115 million ($213 million worldwide).

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    Sheri Salata

    54, President, OWN and Harpo Studios

    The Harpo vet has broadened the cable network's reach with its hit Tyler Perry series. OWN is now up 20 percent among its core female demo and 24 percent overall.

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    Nancy Josephson

    Partner, WME

    She helped her novelist client Elwood Reid land his first cable show, FX's The Bridge, while also repping Emmy-nominated Episodes creators Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane.

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    Maha Dakhil

    38, Motion picture agent, CAA

    From director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) to Lee Daniels (The Butler), Dakhil's clients are the talk of awards season. She also is on the teams for A-listers Tom Cruise, Reese Witherspoon and Oscar winner Anne Hathaway.

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    Linda Lichter

    62, Partner, Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler & Feldman

    Lichter has one of Hollywood's most diverse legal practices: She reps producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa (Nebraska) and Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), directors like Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man), actors (Quvenzhane Wallace), writers like Linda Woolverton (Maleficent) and TV showrunners like Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory).

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    Jennifer Rudolph Walsh

    46, Board member, WME

    Walsh recently signed best-selling authors Brene Brown and W.E.B. Griffin, while longtime client Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize in literature. Walsh also booked the Duck Dynasty stars in 200 live lecture events.

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    Theresa Peters

    43, Partner/head of talent department, UTA

    Peters landed newly signed client Jamie Dornan the buzzy lead in Fifty Shades of Grey and Lily James the title role in Disney's live-action Cinderella reboot.

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    Leslie Siebert

    51, Senior managing partner, Gersh

    The first nonfamily partner in Gersh's 63-year history heads its talent division of 40-plus actors, including Allison Janney, who nabbed parts on CBS' Mom and Showtime's Masters of Sex, and Angela Bassett, who stars on FX's American Horror Story: Coven.

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    Lorrie Bartlett

    50, Partner and co-head of talent, ICM Partners

    The first black woman to lead an agency talent department, she reps Zoe Saldana and Mad Men's Emmy-nominated Linda Cardellini.

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    Bonnie Bernstein

    43, Partner, ICM Partners

    She reps Modern Family stars Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet and Blue Jasmine's Bobby Cannavale, who won a 2013 Emmy for HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

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    The Power Authors

    EL James, Suzanne Collins, J.K. Rowling

    EL James, 50
    Suzanne Collins, 51
    J.K. Rowling, 48

    These writers provide the intellectual property for the most anticipated and currently popular franchises. James is moving her hit series Fifty Shades of Grey (70 million-plus copies sold) to the big screen via Universal. Rowling signed a mega-deal for a new Potterverse film franchise based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Collins' The Hunger Games: Catching Fire scored November's biggest opening weekend ever with $110.2 million.

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    Melinda Witmer

    52, Executive vp, chief video and content officer, Time Warner Cable

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    She manages $5 billion and 34 channels. After TWC paid $3 billion for rights to the L.A. Lakers, she drove the launch of TWC Deportes, the first Spanish-language sports net in the U.S.

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    Cable's Rising Stars

    Sarah Barnett and Jen Caserta

    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.
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    Stephanie Gibbons

    53, Head of marketing, FX

    Gibbons scored 43 honors at PromaxBDA (the marketing Emmys), including wins for her American Horror Story campaigns.

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    The Music Execs

    Jody Gerson, Michelle Jubelirer, Ethiopia Habtemariam and Julie Greenwald

    (Clockwise from top left)

    Jody Gerson, 51, Sony
    Michelle Jubelirer, 39, Capitol
    Ethiopia Habtemariam, Universal/Motown
    Julie Greenwald, 44, Atlantic Records

    Greenwald is music's highest-ranking female exec, with artists like Bruno Mars under her purview. Attorney Jubelirer is Capitol's chief dealmaker, while Gerson presides over the Lennon-McCartney song catalog. Habtemariam pushes the urban envelope with signings like the Cash Money crew.

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    Jill Leiderman

    41, Executive producer, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

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    The seven-year JKL! vet was crucial to the ABC series' move to 11:30 p.m. Now the show is up 40 percent in the 18-to-49 demo, its strongest start in a decade.