The Hollywood Reporter's 2017 Women in Entertainment Power 100

6:30 AM 12/6/2017

by THR Staff

Meet the dynamos who rocked Hollywood by creating groundbreaking TV and 'Wonder'-ful films, scoring piles of awards and historic paydays and making room for more women to rise as the industry's dark side was brought to light (thanks in part to three pioneers on this list) in a watershed that has already changed entertainment — and the world. Take that, Harvey!

Ava DuVernay, Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes and Cindy Holland
Ava DuVernay, Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes and Cindy Holland
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HOW THR PICKS THE POWER 100 This year's list spotlights 16 standout industry leaders who dominated the 2017 entertainment and media landscape and groups the rest by their role in the Hollywood ecosystem — from the film forces (working mostly on the big screen) to the reps (agents, et al). Honorees are listed alphabetically within each category. 

This story first appeared in the 2017 Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

  • Meredith Ahr

    President, Universal TV Alternative Studio

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    Ahr's first full year leading Universal TV's nascent alternative studio saw her launch the genre's biggest new show since The Voice. World of Dance, a collaboration with Jennifer Lopez, averaged 10.3 million viewers this summer. Ahr's next projects come from pacts with Amy Poehler and Chris Hardwick.

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "I challenge all of the women I know to operate at their highest level. Whenever the question arises about who is going to change the game, I ask, 'Why not you?'"

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day Beyonce

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Barack Obama, Kate McKinnon and Howard Stern."

    Last show I binged The Defiant Ones

    TV or film character I most identify with "A healthy combination of all of the Golden Girls."

  • Victoria Alonso

    Executive vp physical production, Marvel Studios

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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    Alonso is, along with Kevin Feige and Louis D'Esposito, one of the engines that keep Marvel producing No. 1 hits. This year was a zenith as, for the first time, Marvel put out three blockbusters — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok.

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "The three journalists that broke the Harvey Weinstein story: Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, and Ronan Farrow."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "They are leaving money on the table by not having gender parity and inclusion and diversity."

    Last show I binged "A tie between The Americans and The Handmaid's Tale."

    TV or film character I most identify with Peggy from Mad Men

  • Rowena Arguelles, Maha Dakhil, Hylda Queally, Sonya Rosenfeld and Beth Swofford

    Motion picture agent; Motion picture agent; Motion picture talent agent; Co-head of TV; Motion picture agent, CAA

    From left: Rowena Arguelles, Maha Dakhil, Hylda Queally, Sonya Rosenfeld and Beth Swofford
    From left: Rowena Arguelles, Maha Dakhil, Hylda Queally, Sonya Rosenfeld and Beth Swofford
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    CATEGORY The Reps

    Rosenfeld packaged HBO's Big Little Lies, which swept the Emmys, including a limited series honor for executive producer Reese Witherspoon, a Dakhil client. Dakhil also wooed Aaron Sorkin from WME, his longtime agency. Sorkin's directorial debut, Molly's Game, stars Queally's client Jessica Chastain from the rep's roster of high-wattage actresses, which since March has included Sarah Paulson, next up in Steven Spielberg's The Post. Meanwhile, two of Swofford's clients, producer Steve Kloves and director David Yates, are reteaming for the Fantastic Beasts sequel. And Arguelles is the only agent in Hollywood — man or woman — to represent not one but two directors (Patty Jenkins and Taika Waititi) of 2017's 10 highest-grossing films; she also negotiated Jenkins' historic Wonder Woman 2 deal.

    News escape

    Arguelles: "Listening to the podcasts of The Moth Radio Hour and Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History."

    Dakhil: "Kitchen dance parties with my 2-year-old. I found a talent in the kitchen, finally."

    Rosenfeld: "Running at the beach."

    Swofford: "Reading history books. It's reassuring to see humanity and the planet surviving other dramatic and difficult times."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal

    Dakhil: "The radical and immediate ending of an era of bullying and harassment, and women and men coming together to make sure of it."

    Queally: "A community working together to create safe and supportive work environments that allow both women and men to be the best versions of themselves."

    Swofford: "People are no longer afraid to tell their stories."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood

    Dakhil: "I encourage young women to convene, be there for one another, and to ignore the mailroom book."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day

    Swofford: National Geographic photographer

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be

    Dakhil: "If they have turned you into a Barbie [the line's Sheroes collection includes Ava DuVernay, Misty Copeland and Kristin Chenoweth], you are invited for dinner."

    Queally: "Margaret Atwood, Adele and Pedro Almodovar."

    Rosenfeld: "Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and Michelle Obama."

    Swofford: "It'd be more fun to invite fictional characters and people who are no longer alive, so I am choosing the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey, Elizabeth I and Jane Austen. Imagine the conversation!"

    I wish men in Hollywood knew

    Dakhil: "That gender parity and female leadership is in their best interest, too."

    Swofford: "How time-consuming and uncomfortable it is to dress up during awards season."

    Last show I binged

    Dakhil: Big Little Lies

    Queally: Alias Grace

    Swofford: "Godless … and Game of Thrones for yet another time."

    TV or film character I most identify with

    Arguelles: "Wonder Woman or Thor, depending on the day."

    Dakhil: "Amelie meets The Bride meets Cookie."

    Queally: Sybil

    Rosenfeld: Mary Richards

    Swofford: "Daenerys Targaryen. We don't really have much in common, but I'd really like to ride a dragon."

    How I'd spend an extra day

    Arguelles: "I'm not sure what I would do exactly, but it would involve my girlfriend, our daughter, food from Joan's on Third… and there wouldn't be a cellphone or laptop in sight."

    Dakhil: "Take that French class."

    Queally: "Likely complete all I didn't get to do."

    Swofford: "Take a trip to a place I've never been. And not check my email all day."

  • Bela Bajaria

    VP content, Netflix

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    Since joining the streaming giant in fall 2016, Bajaria's built out Netflix's unscripted division with several dozen forthcoming reality series while also managing major studio co-productions and co-licensing and striking international distribution deals for series including The CW's Riverdale. Her new corporate home may be TV's most prolific buyer, but the woman who spent five years atop Universal TV says, "I always consider myself a seller."

    News escape "Watching Barcelona and U.S. Women's National Team soccer."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "The truth."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Gal Gadot. Who doesn't want to be Wonder Woman!"

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Malala Yousafzai, Warren Buffett and Tina Fey."

  • Gina Balian and Stephanie Gibbons

    Executive vp series development; President, multiplatform marketing, FX Networks

    From left: Gina Balian and Stephanie Gibbons
    From left: Gina Balian and Stephanie Gibbons
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    After years running the flagship network's Emmy-winning limited series (Fargo, American Crime Story), Balian has added drama and comedy development to her purview. In her expanded role, she oversaw the launch of Legion and Feud, both critical and commercial successes. Meanwhile, Gibbons led the ad campaign for American Horror Story's current season, Cult, and won the PromaxBDA Marketing team of the year award for a seventh straight year.

    News escape

    Gibbons: "I don't want to escape a thing — every day I'm watching journalists lift that log and I want to know every single thing that lies beneath. I have a TV over my tub so Judy Woodruff, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell are my nightly bath mates. Donald is the rubber duck."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal

    Balian: "People having to take a hard look at their own culpability in a system that has enabled terrible behavior for far too long."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day

    Gibbons: Helen Mirren

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be

    Gibbons: "Jane Goodall. Jane Goodall. Jane Goodall."

    Last show I binged

    Gibbons: Wolf Hall

    Balian: Master of None

    How I'd spend an extra day

    Balian: "Hop on a plane to anywhere."

  • Sarah Barnett

    President and GM, BBC America

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    Britain-born Barnett has successfully fine-tuned her channel's brand — a destination for genre enthusiasts (Doctor Who), documentary nerds (Planet Earth II) and Anglophiles (Top Gear) — since assuming leadership in 2014. In 2018, she'll look to fill a void left by former flagship Orphan Black with a buzzy one from Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

    TV or film character I most identify with "Liz Lemon, always."

  • Lorrie Bartlett and Toni Howard

    Partner, co-head of talent; Partner, ICM Partners

    From left: Lorrie Bartlett and Toni Howard
    From left: Lorrie Bartlett and Toni Howard
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    CATEGORY The Reps

    Bartlett and Howard's shared client Michael Keaton was one of the year's best-received villains (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and is reuniting with Tim Burton for Disney's live-action Dumbo. After Laverne Cox signed with them in 2016, the Orange Is the New Black groundbreaker now has an overall deal at Warner Bros. TV and product deals. Ruth Negga took a short break after her Loving-fueled awards season, and when she was ready to return, Bartlett found the perfect follow-up: Brad Pitt's leading lady in sci-fi epic Ad Astra. Meanwhile, Howard is keeping Samuel L. Jackson in theaters through May 2019 with such highly anticipated projects as Incredibles 2, M. Night Shyamalan's Glass and Captain Marvel.

    News escape

    Bartlett: "The dog park with my dog. Her name is Olive the Supermodel because she's a stunning beauty. She's a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and she is the Naomi Campbell of the park."

    Howard: "Poker on my iPhone. Not [with] real money, but I play like I do."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day

    Bartlett: "Obviously Oprah."

    Howard: "Myself. I love my job."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be

    Bartlett: "Angela Davis, Joan Didion and Maxine Waters."

    Howard: "I had a dream dinner party, and it was in London with Michael Caine, Michael Sheen, Michael Keaton, Stephen Fry and Maggie Smith. They all said yes and they Shakespeared it up."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew

    Bartlett: "That listening can get you far."

    Howard: "That no matter how long our stories are, they should let us finish."

    Last show I binged

    Bartlett: "Ozark — everything about that show works for me, top to bottom."

    Howard: "I save up on This Is Us so I can binge on it. I'll binge on Shark Tank."

    TV or film character I most identify with

    Bartlett: "How about any character that Pam Grier played? I love her."

    How I'd spend an extra day

    Bartlett: "Have an extra glass of wine and get a little more sleep."

    Howard: "Enjoy my fabulous husband [producer David Yarnell]."

  • Samantha Bee

    Host, executive producer, TBS' 'Full Frontal With Samantha Bee'

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    CATEGORY The Stars

    After launching into the teeth of the volatile — and misogynist — 2016 presidential race, Bee's Wednesday program, which pulls in more than 4 million viewers an episode, continues to be a weekly therapy session for female comedic rage.

  • Kristine Belson

    President, Sony Pictures Animation

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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    SPA under Belson produced Smurfs: The Lost Village ($197 million worldwide), The Emoji Movie ($217 million) and Christmas tale The Star. But it's 2018 that has her jazzed as SPA will release Hotel Transylvania 3 and an animated Spider-Man featuring black and Latino character Miles Morales.

    News escape "Watching Sex and the City reruns."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "The awful truth."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "My pal Nina Jacobson on the producer side, Elizabeth Gabler on the exec side."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Michelle Obama, Miley Cyrus, and my friend Stephanie. That would be really fun, I'm sure."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "How to let other people finish sentences!"

    Last show I binged "My teenaged son re-binged all of Breaking Bad, and I got in on that action."

    TV or film character I most identify with Liz Lemon

    How I'd spend an extra day "Read a book."

  • Frances Berwick

    President, Lifestyle Networks, NBCU Cable

    Courtesy of NBC

    CATEGORY The Chiefs

    Berwick successfully rebranded two networks this year — Oxygen pivoted to all crime, and the 12-and-under-targeted Sprout became Universal Kids — while flagship Bravo continued to expand scripted inventory, launching its third series, Imposters (now in production on season two), with 15 returning series posting year-over-year growth. All of which helps to keep Bravo firmly in cable's top 10; it's ranked No. 8 among viewers 18-to-49.

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day Judge Judy

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Ricky Gervais, Donald Glover and Jennifer Lawrence."

    Last show I binged Nathan for You

    How I'd spend an extra day "Write a novel, learn the piano and clean out my closet."

  • Michelle Bohan, Sharon Jackson, Elyse Scherz and Meredith Wechter

    Partner, talent agent; Partner, talent agent; Partner, talent agent; Partner, talent agent, WME

    From left: Michelle Bohan, Sharon Jackson, Elyse Scherz and Meredith Wechter
    From left: Michelle Bohan, Sharon Jackson, Elyse Scherz and Meredith Wechter
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    CATEGORY The Reps

    Even a females-only selection of this quartet's clientele fills an impressive list of 2017 highlights. Bohan has the reigning Oscar best actress, La La Land star Emma Stone, who's back in contention with Billie Jean King biopic Battle of the Sexes. Jackson represents Elisabeth Moss, who won two Emmys as star and producer of The Handmaid's Tale. Scherz's client Millie Bobby Brown became a 13-year-old Emmy nominee for Stranger Things, and Power 100 newcomer Wechter — well, she's the agent behind Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot.

    News escape

    Scherz: Granby, Colorado

    Wechter: Food Network

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal

    Bohan: "The solidarity felt between men and women across industries. The opportunity it provided to publicize and legitimize the conversation about power dynamics that so often felt hushed and never addressed."

    Scherz: "Let's not call it that because it gives too much power to him and goes far beyond one person. There are many positive outcomes: 1) Victims have a voice; 2) Predators are being punished; 3) Safer work environments are being created. We have a lot of work to do to get to gender equality, and it is exciting that systemic change is starting to happen across many professions. There is still a disturbing imbalance and we are long overdue for a course correction. I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for the women and men who have bravely come forward and I believe that the goodness of human nature will prevail through this dark time. We must be rigorous about solutions. Kathy Kennedy's commission is necessary and the hotline we are funding is one of many needed solutions to create change."

    Wechter: "Truth."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood

    Scherz: "Mentor women and men, and encourage gender-neutral language (dissuade people from saying, "Hi guys," when half of the room is female)."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day

    Bohan: "To go to the WME mailroom — I never experienced it. I would like to have the opportunity to spend time with assistants, trainees and agents from all departments when delivering scripts and mail."

    Scherz: Barbara Broccoli

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be

    Scherz: "My significant other, Gloria Steinem and Pink."

    Wechter: "Oprah, Laurie Greiner and Michelle Obama."

    Last show I binged

    Bohan: "Shark Tank — a girl has to dream!"

    Scherz: "Mindhunter, Stranger Things and The Deuce."

    Wechter: Chef's Table

    TV or film character I most identify with

    Wechter: Elaine Benes

  • Mara Brock Akil

    Producer, Akil Productions

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    CATEGORY The Makers

    While the fruits of her surprise move from BET to Warner Bros. TV — where she now has a rich overall pact with husband and producing partner Sam Akil — have yet to hit the screen, it isn't for lack of dealmaking. The power couple behind The Game and Being Mary Jane has a midseason black superhero drama on The CW and recently teamed with OWN for a love drama based on their own relationship.

    News escape "Anything Ta-Nehisi Coates writes for The Atlantic. Oh, and On 1 With Angela Rye podcast."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Criminal convictions — oh, that hasn't happened yet? But people do know that sexual harassment is real. It's not a facade, like the fake backlots in Hollywood. Rape and assault are criminal offenses and they should be convicted."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "I hire them!"

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Ava DuVernay. I want to see how she's doing it all on such a dynamic level — and if she sleeps."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Salim Akil, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "They would be more attractive if they were legit feminists."

    Last show I binged Insecure

  • Gabrielle Carteris

    President, SAG-AFTRA


    CATEGORY Industry Stewards

    As head of the industry's top advocacy group for actors, Carteris — who has acted for 30 years (notably as school paper editor Andrea Zuckerman on Beverly Hills, 90210) — is responsible for the well-being of some 160,000 thespians. She says she was "stunned and revolted" by the recent flood of sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood, "though sadly not shocked." Thanks in part to her, SAG-AFTRA is one of the only guilds to have set up a 24/7 harassment hotline for its members.

    News escape "My Apple News app. It's headline-driven yet easy to dig deeper."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day Jenji Kohan

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Ryan Murphy, Margaret Atwood and Pink."

    Last show I binged The Knick

    TV or film character I most identify with Wonder Woman

    How I'd spend an extra day "I am so fine with 365 days in a year. I don't need more."

  • Jennifer Caserta

    President, IFC

    Courtesy of Subject


    IFC standby Portlandia signs off in 2018 after eight seasons, but newcomer Brockmire has given Caserta's niche comedy network critical raves. The New York-based exec, who has successfully recruited passion projects from Seth Meyers and Bill Hader, recently joined the board of Funny of Die.

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Gal Gadot. Smart, strong, talented and gorgeous."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "How it feels when the top of your head hits the glass ceiling." 

    Last show I binged Insecure

    How I'd spend an extra day "Family, sleep, Italian food, red wine. Not necessarily in that order."

  • Melanie Cook, Linda Lichter, Jeanne Newman and Nina Shaw

    Partner, Ziffren Brittenham; Partner, Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler & Feldman; Partner, Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman; Partner, Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano

    From left: Melanie Cook, Linda Lichter, Jeanne Newman and Nina Shaw
    From left: Melanie Cook, Linda Lichter, Jeanne Newman and Nina Shaw
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    CATEGORY The Dealmakers (Talent Attorneys)

    Chadwick Boseman is returning to the big screen as Black Panther this spring thanks, in part, to Cook, who negotiated his deal and also launched director Stephen Daldry into the Star Wars universe, where he'll direct the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi stand-alone. Lichter also closed big deals for director clients working with Disney: Mark Forster is filming Christopher Robin, and Niki Caro is helming the live-action Mulan remake. Newman's clients Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino inked an overall deal with Amazon Studios, including the recently premiered The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Shaw's friend, former Attorney General Eric Holder, is teaming with Jerry Bruckheimer on a CBS series, and client James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Mufasa in the CGI remake of Lion King.

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal

    Cook: "Empowering women to not let these things happen and letting them know they will be supported if they speak. I'm involved in working to establish more organizations and ways to help get that message across."

    Lichter: "Attention is being paid to systemic and personal discrimination via assault and inequality."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood

    Cook: "I speak at various different organizations; I've been a Big Sister mentor; and I probably have a lunch every three weeks with a young woman who's wanting to know how to get going in the industry."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day

    Cook: Sherry Lansing

    Lichter: Cindy Holland

    Shaw: "Oprah — post-switch, I would give thanks for my relatively quiet life and my anonymity."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be

    Litcher: "Bob Dylan, Joan Didion and Elon Musk."

    Last show I binged

    Lichter: "Fauda. It's an Israeli series that is really unbelievable."

  • Susanne Daniels

    Global head of original content, YouTube

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    In the two years since Daniels left MTV to oversee the Google-owned streamer's programming, she has shepherded 50-plus projects and soon will add a sought-after Karate Kid sequel. Her effort to bring originals to ad-supported YouTube already took off with Katy Perry's 96-hour Witness album launch live stream, which drew 49 million views.

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "Hire them, mentor them and promote them — in front of the camera, behind the camera and as executives!"

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day Oprah Winfrey

    Last show I binged "Casual on Hulu and Trollhunters on Netflix."

  • Julie Darmody

    Partner, Rise Management

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    CATEGORY The Reps

    Darmody specializes in taking comedic talent to the next level. She shepherded the deals for Nick Kroll's critically acclaimed animated Netflix show, Big Mouth, and Alison Brie's first lead TV role on the streamer's GLOW. The manager continues to help Chris Pratt's star rise, overseeing his deals for the upcoming Jurassic World sequel, Avengers: Infinity Wars and Universal's adaptation of comic book series Cowboy Ninja Viking.

    News escape "Not sure I should admit it, but when I want to detach from the world altogether, I play Cookie Cats Pop on my phone. I'm on level 441 and have never paid to advance my position."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "The very public forum for the conversation and the acceleration of change that it has and will prompt."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Who has a dinner party with three people? That's a double date! If that's the case, my husband and Michelle and Barack Obama because they seem like a really fun couple."

    Last show I binged "If I have the ever-elusive multiple hours in a row, usually Law & Order or Fixer Upper reruns."

    TV or film character I most identify with "My kids insist that I am Claire Dunphy from Modern Family. I can't deny the similarities."

    How I'd an extra day "Organize my garage. A tiny part of me will continue to be unsettled until it's done."

  • Viola Davis

    Actor, producer

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    CATEGORY The Stars

    With two Tonys, an Emmy (for ABC's How to Get Away With Murder) and an Oscar in February for her turn in Fences, Davis is only a Grammy away from earning an EGOT. The actress has branched into production, too, and already is adapting Terry McMillan's I Almost Forgot About You, in which she'll star, for Universal. For TV, she has teamed with Larry Wilmore to create an ABC sitcom titled Black Don't Crack.

  • Ellen DeGeneres

    TV host, executive producer

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    CATEGORY The Stars

    Trailing only Dr. Phil in daytime's heated ratings race, DeGeneres' 15-year-old talk show pulls 3.5 million viewers each day and arguably boasts the best talent booking on TV. The talker is now just a sliver of the Ellen business, with her shingle A Very Good Production boasting big hits (Little Big Shots) and, come 2018, a new primetime vehicle: She'll host the first episode of Ellen's Game of Games, a show she also created, on Dec. 18 in NBC's coveted post-Voice slot.

    News escape "My show."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day Judge Judy

    Last show I binged Dirty John podcast

    TV or film character I most identify with "Ellen from Ellen, but only after she came out."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Floss. You can never floss too much."

  • Channing Dungey

    President, ABC Entertainment Group

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    Nearly two years into her run as ABC's top boss, Dungey has secured a much-needed hit in The Good Doctor. The Freddie Highmore medical series is now broadcast's most watched drama with 18.1 million viewers and joins other ABC stalwarts Grey's Anatomy and Modern Family in broadcast's top 10 highest-rated series.

    News escape HGTV

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "Mentor through Step Up and Girls Inc."

    Last show I binged Ozark

  • Nancy Dubuc

    President and CEO, A+E Television Networks

    Courtesy of Jeff Katz

    CATEGORY Power Squad

    "A year ago everybody had counted A+E out," admits Dubuc, whose portfolio — which includes cable nets History, A&E and Lifetime — hit a rough patch when viewers abandoned a saturated unscripted landscape. But she and her team realigned the network's assets, focusing on quality scripted programming while turning flagship A&E into a 100 percent nonfiction destination. Today, A&E and History are top 10 primetime cable networks; History's Navy SEAL series Six is the No. 2 new drama in cable while A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath earned an Emmy in September. At Lifetime, the critically hailed remake of Beaches drew 2.2 million viewers, making it cable's No. 1 original movie of 2017.

    Upcoming projects are on the way from Jenji Kohan (American Princess), Greg Berlanti (You) and Robert Zemeckis (Blue Book). Dubuc, who oversees a global brand with a $26 billion valuation, $4 billion in annual revenue and 1,100 employees, has had her share of disappointments. Like the aborted KKK docuseries, which was in production long before recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. She wonders: "What if we had got that story out and it had started the conversation earlier?" And the married mother of two kids, ages 11 and 14, insists that the sexual harassment reckoning needs a full-throated debate. "I feel like every man I know is afraid to talk to me. It will be tragic if this becomes a missed opportunity to have an honest dialogue."

    News escape "I have a new puppy, Wilson. Nothing cures the blues like a puppy, except when they pee in the house."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "For the industry and for all of us to understand that it's not as isolated as we would think."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "My door is always open. And we're committed to making sure that first-time directors, first-time showrunners are given those opportunities."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Patty Jenkins. The holding your breath around failure and taking such public slings is something I relate to and I appreciate."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "What it feels like to be a woman for a day."

    Last show I binged "My daughter is finally old enough to watch Stranger Things and that was a really fun co-viewing mother-daughter experience."

    TV or film character I most identify with "Mandy Moore's [Rebecca Pearson] on This Is Us. She's knows she's so fortunate to have what she has, but she also walks around thinking everything is going to come undone at any moment."

    How I'd spend an extra day "I'd stay on vacation one extra day."

  • Ava DuVernay

    Producer/director, 'Queen Sugar,' 'A Wrinkle in Time'

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    CATEGORY Power Squad

    Even when shooting a $100 million Disney fantasy — the first black female filmmaker ever to helm a film with so big a budget — the Selma director finds a way to make the experience inimitably her own. "It was lovely to be able to delve into a story with some feminine energy, interrogating the interiority of women," she says of A Wrinkle in Time (due in theaters March 9), starring newcomer Storm Reid (along with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine) as a biracial girl traveling through time and space looking for her lost father. "To do that with the life of a girl, a girl who is still finding herself and her power, was something that really spoke to me. I learned a lot about myself through the process."

    Meanwhile, the second season of her TV series Queen Sugar (once again featuring all female directors) wrapped up on OWN in November and has already been renewed for a third season. Plus, film collective Array, which she founded in 2010 with the aim of releasing films by women and people of color, has acquired and distributed more than 17 projects, including recent acquisition Teach Us All, a doc about the integration of Little Rock Central High School.

    Next, the in-demand creator, who continues to be a vocal advocate for inclusion in Hollywood, is adapting the story of the "Central Park Five" — the notorious case of five young black and Latino men wrongly convicted of a brutal rape in New York City in 1989 — into a five-part miniseries, which she is currently penning with a writers room and will direct in 2018 for Netflix (where last year she made civil rights prison doc 13th). But her proudest moment of 2017: buying a house in Long Beach for her mother. "I love my work," she says. "I don't have children — these projects are my children. These are what I leave behind, this is what I dream about, what I love to do, what I always wanted to do, to have that voice. If I'm at the mic, I'm gonna sing, I'm going to do my thing."

    Last show I binged Dear White People

  • Bonnie Hammer

    Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment


    CATEGORY Power Squad

    Hammer is among the longest- tenured female executives in TV, with nearly 30 years at NBC. She's been running the company's cable entertainment division — NBCU's most profitable, with USA, Syfy, Bravo, E!, Oxygen and Universal Kids — for almost five years. She oversees two studios, Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios, and keeps tabs on some 1,500 employees. And yet, for all that power, she still gets nervous giving a speech. Last May, before delivering a commencement address in front of 6,500 graduates at her alma mater, Boston University, she "was scared shitless," as she puts it.

    Still, Hammer has plenty to be proud of: USA is on track to mark its 12th consecutive year as the most watched ad-supported cable channel on the dial, with the No. 1 new cable series (Jessica Biel's The Sinner) — although her most laudable recent achievement may be the resurrection of NBC's Erase the Hate public service campaign, a series of PSAs and online videos (some featuring NBCU stars like those pictured on this page) designed to dial back divisiveness. "I grew up Jewish in New York, never experienced anti-Semitism until I went to Kansas [for a semester at University of Kansas]. Somebody said to me, 'I thought Jews had horns, but you're kind of nice.' And I realized I'd been living in a bubble." With Erase the Hate, she says, "We're hoping to at least make a dent." 

    News escape "Long walks on the beach with Bodhi, our 125-pound Leonberger. We never talk politics."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "It's a real wake-up call and an opportunity for genuine change. Once we get past all the horrific stories of harassment and abuse of power, we'll be able to confront the underlying issue that's at the root of the problem: the lack of true equality in our society."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Helen Mirren, whose amazing career commands as much respect as just about anyone in the industry. After all, if you're gonna dream, dream big!"

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Margaret Atwood, a brilliant storyteller who'd keep the conversation flowing; Tina Fey, to set the tone and keep us laughing; and Annie Leibovitz, to talk photography and document the evening for posterity."

    TV or film character I most identify with "Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones. She's strong and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. And who wouldn't want 'Mother of Dragons' on her résumé?!"

  • Megan Ellison

    Producer, founder/CEO, Annapurna Pictures

    Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

    CATEGORY The Chiefs

    In 2017, Annapurna became a full-fledged studio, releasing its first film with Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit ($17 million worldwide). The company's two follow-up films — Brad's Status and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women — barely made a dent, earning less than $5 million combined. But Ellison appears to have her sights set on higher-profile fare, namely Agent 007: In October, Annapurna inked a joint distribution venture with Bond rights holder MGM. That move has led to speculation that the newbie studio will release the next chapter of the James Bond franchise, at least domestically. Outside of her Annapurna slate, Ellison is a producer on two upcoming awards contenders: Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, marking Daniel Day-Lewis' final performance, and Alexander Payne's Downsizing.

  • Rita Ferro, Jo Ann Ross and Linda Yaccarino

    President, Disney-ABC Sales; Chief advertising revenue officer, CBS Corp.; Chairman, advertising sales, NBCUniversal

    From left: Rita Ferro, Jo Ann Ross and Linda Yaccarino
    From left: Rita Ferro, Jo Ann Ross and Linda Yaccarino
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    CATEGORY TV Set (Ad Sales Stars)

    Ross' indefatigable dealmaking has regularly made CBS a top sales revenue generator with more than $2.5 billion in upfront commitments for the current TV season. Ferro is celebrating a year in the top job leading a newly integrated sales force across ABC's platforms. And Yaccarino's massive NBCU portfolio brought in $6.5 billion during this year's upfront (not including February's Super Bowl), the most ever for the unit.

    News escape

    Ross: "I am a news junkie, so I can't get enough! CBS This Morning is how I start my day every single weekday and CBSN when I am on the go."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal

    Ferro: "Woman feeling empowered to speak up and defend themselves without fear of retaliation."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day

    Ferro: "Kathleen Kennedy. Just to get the chance to be on the set of one of those Star Wars movies for a day would be a dream come true."

    Yaccarino: Kim Kardashian

    Ross: "Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep or Gal Gadot."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be

    Ferro: "Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and my mom. I love opportunities where I learn things I don't know and I feel inspired, and a great girls dinner is always the best night! I am fascinated by Michelle, her commitment and love of her family and her independence as a woman and mom who raised two great daughters is inspiring. I really admire Oprah Winfrey's passion for her charities and her smarts. And my mom is a smart Latina woman who raised four great kids and is a cancer survivor. I think she would get a kick out of a great girls night out with inspiring conversation."

    Yaccarino: "Pope Francis, Anna Wintour and Ivanka Trump."

    Last show I binged

    Ferro: "Billions. I am totally hooked."

    Ross: Ray Donovan

    Yaccarino: "Downloaded Gomorrah from iTunes"

    TV or film character I most identify with

    Ferro: "Rainbow Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross' character on Black-ish. She is a professional, a mom, and a wife with a crazy work schedule and is just trying to keep it all together. I love that show because it is so reflective of our crazy lives and how as a working mom, the pull between work demands and wanting to be there for your family is real."

    How I'd spend an extra day

    Ferro: "Spend the day with my husband and daughter exploring a city and enjoying a great meal together."

    Ross: "Even more deals!"

  • Tina Fey

    Actor, writer, producer

    John Shearer/WireImage

    CATEGORY The Stars

    The most prominent female voice in comedy, Fey invests as fully in her work behind the camera as she does in her acting. The multihyphenate appears on Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and NBC's Great News — the latter of which saw her pen and star in an uncannily timely episode ("Honeypot" on Oct. 12) about workplace sexual harassment. Her banner Little Stranger Inc. continues to produce TV for NBCUniversal, and her musical adaptation of Mean Girls, a collaboration with husband Jeff Richmond, earned raves in D.C. ahead of its Broadway bow in March.

  • Lesley Freeman, Kimberley Harris, Gwen Marcus, Rebecca Prentice, Rita Tuzon and Leah Weil

    MGM chief legal officer; Executive vp/general counsel, NBCUniversal; Executive vp/general counsel, Showtime; Executive vp/general counsel, Paramount; Executive vp/general counsel, Fox Networks Group; Senior executive vp/general counsel, Sony Pictures

    Top row, from left: Lesley Freeman, Kimberley Harris and Gwen Marcus; bottom row, from left: Rebecca Prentice, Rita Tuzon and Leah Weil
    Top row, from left: Lesley Freeman, Kimberley Harris and Gwen Marcus; bottom row, from left: Rebecca Prentice, Rita Tuzon and Leah Weil
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    CATEGORY The Dealmakers (General Counsels)

    Freeman led MGM (whose television arm spawned Hulu's Emmy-winning drama The Handmaid's Tale) through its acquisition of EPIX, the revival of its theatrical distribution operations through a partnership with Annapurna Pictures and the relaunch of Orion Pictures. Harris helped NBCUniversal launch a digital education program to keep the media giant's lawyers up to date on legal implications of new technologies and worked with the company's labor relations team on the renewal of guild agreements. Like many sports fans, Marcus says her 2017 highlight was Showtime's pay-per-view fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC champ Conor McGregor, which involved not only crafting deals but also fighting piracy and navigating digital distribution issues. Prentice is focusing on Paramount's future, as this year the studio got a new chief in Jim Gianopulos and extra oversight from new Viacom CEO Robert Bakish. Much of Tuzon's time is now dedicated to addressing the implications of sexual harassment and planning for changes in content delivery. In addition to handling Sony's deals, litigation and policy work, Weil oversees the studio's live stage business.

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal

    Freeman: "So far, it's the dialogue — we're finally talking about these significant issues and women are supporting each other in coming forward. Hopefully, that will lead to real behavioral changes, but that remains to be seen."

    Marcus: "In all places of work — not just Hollywood — presumably fewer men will behave badly and more women will be believed and respected." Prentice: "Awareness and accountability."

    Tuzon: "Empowered voices."

    Weil: "That victims no longer feel unable to speak the truth and that companies have publicly reaffirmed their commitment to safe and respectful work environments."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day

    Harris: Pearlena Igbokwe

    Freeman: Tina Fey

    Prentice: "Sherry Lansing in 'retirement.'"

    Weil: Shonda Rhimes

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be

    Harris: "President Obama, Chance the Rapper and Ruth Bader Ginsburg."

    Last show I binged

    Freeman: The Handmaid's Tale

    Harris: USA's The Sinner

    Marcus: The Crown

    Tuzon: Arrested Development

    Weil: Transparent

  • Elizabeth Gabler

    President, Fox 2000

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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    Gabler ended 2016 with the hit Hidden Figures ($235.5 million worldwide and three Oscar nominations). While the studio didn't have a high-profile release in 2017, it's the go-to for book adaptations, beating out other banners for rights to such projects as the YA adaptations it shot this year: Love, Simon (helmed by Greg Berlanti) and The Hate U Give (starring Amandla Stenberg).

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "By having an almost entire staff of women, both as executives and assistants, and working with women writers, directors and producers on female-oriented projects. We also employ college interns at Fox 2000 and I would say that three-quarters of them are young women."

    Last show I binged Big Little Lies

    How I'd spend an extra day "Spend it with my family and all our animals on our farm and never pick up a phone!"

  • Patty Glaser

    Partner, Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro

    Courtesy of Subject

    CATEGORY The Dealmakers

    "Every time I try a case, it's a highlight," says Glaser of her year. "I cannot believe the genuine intellectual challenge that I have almost every day." Her newest challenge is representing embattled producer Harvey Weinstein in his wrongful termination case against The Weinstein Co. — along with handling a number of other cases related to sexual harassment. She is also currently representing Conan O'Brien in a joke-stealing case, recently tried a dispute over who invented The Game of Life and is preparing for back-to-back trials before the close of the year in nonentertainment matters.

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "They actually engage me. I'll get a call from a parent asking, "Can you talk to my daughter about x?" Of course. I don't pretend to have any great insight, but I engage with any woman who wants to talk about her career."

    Last show I binged Fargo

    TV or film character I most identify with "I aspire to be like Atticus Finch."

  • Selena Gomez

    Actor, singer, producer


    CATEGORY The Stars

    Aside from topping Billboard charts with singles "It Ain't Me," "Bad Liar" and "Fetish," the singer, 25, joined the cast of Woody Allen's next movie, A Rainy Day in New York. She also exec produced Netflix's 13 Reasons Why, which raised awareness of teen suicide. Gomez remains the most followed user of Instagram and shared her experience of getting a kidney transplant with her 130 million followers.

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "That it has given women and men the courage to speak out. This isn't just something that happens in Hollywood, so hopefully it gives everyone the strength to come forward regardless of where you live and what you do for a living."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "I'm a spokesperson for how I was raised. I was taught to always treat those around me how I wish the world treated one another. To me every young girl has something to say that matters. If we want to move forward they are our future. I look at my sister and tell her she is capable every moment."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day Kathryn Bigelow

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Oprah, Meryl Streep and Amal Clooney."

    Last show I binged Game of Thrones

    TV or film character I most identify with "Rachel Green [from Friends] and Alice in Wonderland and Winona Ryder in anything."

  • Janet Healy

    Producer, Illumination Entertainment

    Jim Spellman/WireImage

    CATEGORY Film Forces

    As Illumination founder Chris Meledandri's right hand, she oversees Paris facility Illumination MacGuff, which houses 850 animators at once. The studio scored with 2016's pop tune-heavy Sing ($634.1 million worldwide) — and has a 2020 sequel on the drawing boards. And June's Despicable Me 3 amassed $1.03 billion, bringing the haul for films she has produced at Illumination to $5.5 billion. Next up: Dr. Seuss's The Grinch, set for November 2018.

    News escape Brava HD

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Now women are speaking out openly about the abuses we have all experienced, and together we are finding the power for change by virtue of our common grievances."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Donna Langley because it would be absolutely fascinating to see all that she deals with and accomplishes in one single day."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Hala Gorani, Bill Gates and Michelle Obama."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "That women are just as smart and capable as men, and women deserve equal consideration, equal pay and equal opportunities in all areas of our business."

    Last show I binged The Crown

    TV or film character I most identify with Mary Poppins

    How I'd spend an extra day "I would gather my family around me for a day in the summer garden."

  • Cindy Holland

    VP original content, Netflix

    Photographed By Ramona Rosales

    CATEGORY Power Squad

    After a long week, Cindy Holland likes nothing more than to hop on her bike and find a hill that she can climb. "That's my meditation, my stress relief," says Netflix's vp original content. "By the time I get down the hill, I'll have some answers even though I wasn't really thinking about the questions."

    The Nebraska native, 48, must be doing a lot of cycling these days because when it comes to Hollywood, Netflix seems to have a lot of answers. This year under Holland — who oversees a 70-person team across scripted series, documentaries and stand-up specials — the streamer marked its entry into teen fare with breakout 13 Reasons Why, doubled down on comedy with critical favorites GLOW and American Vandal, and made a push for ownership through overall deals with two of TV's most celebrated showrunners, Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan. The more than 100 new series and specials that Netflix bowed in 2017 alone easily give Holland purview of the largest originals slate in television (and one that was second only to HBO in Emmy wins this year). It is in large part because of the 15-year Netflix veteran's ever-expanding portfolio that the Los Gatos, California-based company saw its subscriber base grow by 26 percent to 109 million in the past year.

    With Netflix planning to up its content spend to $8 billion in 2018, Holland's influence in Hollywood will only continue to grow, though some observers question how long the spending can go on as the streamer begins to hand out cancellations (Sense 8, The Get Down). Holland is also preparing to say goodbye to her first big hit, House of Cards, which Netflix announced Dec. 4 will end after season six without star Kevin Spacey, who has left the production following sexual assault allegations. That no one is questioning the streamer's future without House of Cards is a testament to the stable of programming Holland has built — and one of the reasons THR has named her the Women in Entertainment Executive of the Year.

    Read Holland's full profile here.

  • Dawn Hudson

    CEO, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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    CATEGORY Industry Stewards

    On Hudson's watch, the number of women serving on the Academy's 54-member board of governors has increased from six to 21. With a record 774 new members invited this year, women now make up 28 percent of the Academy, and people of color 13 percent. Now, though, she faces an even thornier challenge: Having expelled Harvey Weinstein, the Academy has committed to devising a new code of conduct. Meanwhile, the Academy Museum, which she has long championed, is finally taking shape: With a whopping $50 million donation from Cheryl and Haim Saban, the $388 million goal of its capital campaign is within sight; and NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer has agreed to serve as chairman of the museum's board.

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Lasting changes in how our film community works."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "I'm terrifically proud of our new Academy Gold internship program — and it just so happens that 70 percent of our first class are women."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "I feel like Patty Jenkins is probably having a lot of fun right now."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Kirsten Gillibrand, [Dodgers broadcaster] Alanna Rizzo, and Zadie Smith."

    Last show I binged "Big Mouth. Jessi is my spirit guide."

    TV or film character I most identify with "Barbara Stanwyck in any role, even when she's plotting murder."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Sleep in."

  • Gale Anne Hurd

    Executive producer, 'The Walking Dead'

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    CATEGORY The Makers

    Hurd remains TV's genre queen — most notably with AMC's The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. The flagship celebrated its 100th episode in October and remains TV's No. 1 show among adults 18-to-49 for the sixth straight season. She also added to her horror résumé with Amazon anthology Lore and is generating strong buzz for documentary Mankiller.

    News escape "Wine tasting in the Valle de Guadalupe, Baja, Mexico."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Men and women who have been harassed or assaulted won't stay silent anymore."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Queen Elizabeth, Oprah Winfrey and Nancy Pelosi."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "That they can be change agents to make the world better for everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexual preference. The stories we choose, and those we choose to tell them (in front of and behind the camera), impact every corner of the world."

    Last show I binged Big Little Lies

  • Pearlena Igbokwe

    President, Universal Television

    Courtesy of Chris Haston/NBC


    Igbokwe oversaw record volume in her first full year at the helm of the Universal studio and supplied all seven of NBC's 2017-18 shows. Among them: a Will & Grace revival, which reinvigorated the net's Thursday lineup and scored an early renewal. Among her bigger off-network sales: Steven Spielberg-produced Amazing Stories to Apple and a Dick Wolf FBI drama to CBS.

    News escape "Watching reruns of Shark Tank with my son. It's his new favorite show!"

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Awareness."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "How much harder women have to work to get the same opportunities."

    Last show I binged "TV Land's Younger. People are sleeping on this little gem."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Sleep."

  • Tracey Jacobs, Blair Kohan, Rena Ronson and Shani Rosenzweig

    Partner, board member; Partner, motion picture agent; Partner, head of Independent Film Group; Partner, talent agent, UTA

    From left: Tracey Jacobs, Blair Kohan, Rena Ronson and Shani Rosenzweig
    From left: Tracey Jacobs, Blair Kohan, Rena Ronson and Shani Rosenzweig
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    CATEGORY The Reps

    Ronson kicked off her year with Sundance 2017's biggest sale, The Big Sick to Amazon for $12 million. Other indie darlings this awards season also have her to thank, including Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird and I, Tonya (whose U.S. rights went to Neon and 30West for $5 million in Toronto's biggest sale). Kohan client James Franco is earning accolades for The Disaster Artist. Jacobs has lined up two starring film roles (Best of Enemies and Proud Mary) for Taraji P. Henson in between Empire seasons, while client Jason Mitchell also thrives on screens big and small (Detroit, Mudbound and Showtime's upcoming The Chi). Power 100 newcomer Rosenzweig reps Susan Sarandon, Owen Wilson and Thor: Ragnarok's Hulk, Mark Ruffalo.

    News escape

    Jacobs: "My pit bulls — Lucey, Murphy and Blue."

    Kohan: "I play blackjack and gin with my 8-year-old daughter."

    Ronson: "Reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up."

    Rosenzweig: "Reality television."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal

    Kohan: "It has galvanized the need for the collective resistance against systematic oppression."

    Ronson: "Hope for a future that includes an end to just laughing things off."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood

    Kohan: "I've hired almost exclusively female assistants, many of whom have been promoted within the industry. I have also convened a monthly lunch for a group of women across several departments within the agency to share ideas, concerns, projects and thoughts."

    Ronson: "I'm on the board of Women in Film, I'm an ambassador for ReFrame, and I try to participate on as many panels as I can."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day

    Kohan: "I would love to be Oprah Winfrey for a day."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be

    Kohan: "The Notorious R.B.G. [Ruth Bader Ginsburg], Hillary Clinton and Rachel Maddow."

    Ronson: "Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton."

    Rosenzweig: "Michelle Obama, Stephen Colbert and Rachel Maddow."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew

    Kohan: "How to value women equally."

    Ronson: "That most don't listen as keenly to women as they think they do."

    Last show I binged

    Jacobs: Mindhunter

    Kohan: Future Man, Love, Transparent

    Ronson: The Handmaid's Tale

    Rosenzweig: The Keepers

    TV or film character I most identify with

    Kohan: "Equal parts Tracy Flick from Election and Grace Adler from Will & Grace — shout-out to the hubby [co-creator David Kohan]."

    Rosenzweig: "Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons."

  • Nina Jacobson

    Producer, 'American Crime Story,' 'Crazy Rich Asians'

    Michael Stewart/WireImage

    CATEGORY The Makers

    Though she's still best known for producing the $1.4 billion Hunger Games franchise, Jacobson now moves fluidly between film and TV via her Color Force banner. For the big screen, she's readying Crazy Rich Asians and Where'd You Go, Bernadette? For the small one, she'll soon release the second American Crime Story, about the assassination of Gianni Versace, via her overall deal with FX Productions.

    News escape "I really love this podcast Ear Hustle, which is produced at San Quentin Prison by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods. I am very moved by the humanity of the guys who talk about their lives inside prison. I always have an audiobook to turn to between my favorite podcasts."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "I wouldn't, but I would sure like to figure out how to do what I do without spending so much time away from home."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Beyonce, Rachel Maddow and Janet Mock (plus my daughter, Josie, and my wife, Jen)"

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "That diversity and inclusion is smart business, not just a way to look woke."

    Last show I binged Mindhunter

    How I'd spend an extra day "Half of it with my family and the other half with my horse and my dogs. I'd also try to squeeze in a mani-pedi."

  • Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot

    Director and actor, 'Wonder Woman'

    From left: Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins
    From left: Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins
    Photographed by Miller Mobley

    CATEGORY Power Squad

    In summer 2015, Gadot and Jenkins met for the first time at a sushi restaurant in Atlanta, where the actress was filming Keeping Up With the Joneses. "After two or three hours, I felt like I was sitting with one of my best friends because we have so many things that are similar in our lives with our families, the way we see the world," says Gadot. That dinner marked the birth of a formidable power couple: The eventual Wonder Woman director, who directed Charlize Theron to a best actress Oscar in 2003's Monster, and her star would create a film whose $822 million global box-office haul shattered records (the highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a woman) and exceeded the financial and critical goals of Warner Bros., which has launched an Oscar campaign for it. So what if it was an arranged marriage set up by the studio, with Jenkins having no say in who would headline her most ambitious project to date (Gadot had already appeared in Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman).

    "I am so picky about casting," admits Jenkins. "But this process was a wonderful experience of trusting that it can happen another way than having to rely on just myself and my instinct. I couldn't have gotten luckier than Gal." After drawn-out negotiations, Jenkins has signed on for a 2019 sequel (with a record payday for a female director: in the $7 million to $9 million range with significant backend). And that had Gadot breathing a sigh of relief. "Patty has this amazing ability of being so emotionally connected to the story," she says. "I feel like I am the luckiest actress alive." 

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day

    Gadot: "No one. I love what I do. Sometimes it's pure fun and enjoyable and sometimes challenging and difficult, but I love it because it's my special journey."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be

    Gadot: "Stephen Hawking, Malala Yousafzai and Patty Jenkins."

    Last show I binged

    Gadot: The Handmaid's Tale

    TV or film character I most identify with

    Gadot: "Borat. Ha!"

    How I'd spend an extra day

    Gadot: "Enjoy it with my family amid beautiful scenery — or sleep!"

  • Angelina Jolie

    Actor, director, producer

    Harold Cunningham/Getty Images

    CATEGORY Power Squad

    Just a year ago, things were looking pretty bleak for Jolie. She was breaking free of the second-most-scrutinized marriage in Hollywood history (Liz Taylor and Richard Burton's still ranks first) and recuperating from the critical and box-office disaster of her third directing endeavor, 2015's By the Sea, which made a humble $3.3 million worldwide. The only high-profile project she had in the works was a remake of Bride of Frankenstein, which was fast vanishing into Universal's Monsterverse swamp.

    How quickly things change. With Netflix's First They Killed My Father, the actress turned filmmaker has again proved her directing chops, giving the lie to naysayers who groused that only clever editing by Universal saved her 2014 war drama Unbroken (it earned $163 million worldwide, along with three Oscar nominations). The story of a young girl growing up under the genocidal Khmer Rouge, First was shot for $22 million (a chunk of that from Jolie's pocket) and is Cambodia's entry for the best foreign-language picture Oscar. "Everybody came forward [to rally around] this idea," says Jolie, who also served as executive producer on animated feature contender The Breadwinner. With a sequel to her Disney blockbuster Maleficent in the works, she remains a quadruple threat as writer-director-producer-star while also serving as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, overseeing a staff of dozens in Cambodia to help land mine victims and others, and supporting numerous causes. Says Jolie, "I like the tough days."

  • Ashley Judd, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

    Actor; and reporters, The New York Times

    From left: Megan Twohey, Ashley Judd and Jodi Kantor
    From left: Megan Twohey, Ashley Judd and Jodi Kantor
    Mike Coppola/Getty Images

    CATEGORY Power Squad

    When Ashley Judd was wrestling with whether to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein, it was her mother who pushed her in the right direction. "Go get him," she told Judd. And so she did, becoming a critical on-the-record voice in the New York Times story — written by Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey — that first opened the floodgates of sexual harassment accusations that are currently rolling through Hollywood and beyond.

    Since Kantor and Twohey's article ran on Oct. 5, nearly 100 women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of harassment (or worse) while the #MeToo social media movement their story inspired has helped expose a growing list of powerful men in entertainment (Kevin Spacey), the news media (Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer), theater (Israel Horovitz) and politics (Sen. Al Franken, Congressman John Conyers). Even before the Weinstein scoop, Twohey was reporting on powerful, creepy men abusing women. She was one of the reporters during the 2016 campaign digging into alleged sexual misconduct by Donald Trump, a story that Kantor, for one, thinks may still have legs. Says the journalist, "You never know what will happen when you launch your story into the world."

  • The Kardashians and Jenners

    Reality TV stars, beauty moguls

    From left: Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian
    From left: Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian
    E! Entertainment Television/Photofest

    CATEGORY The Stars

    After toasting the 10th anniversary of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the most followed family on social media — Kim Kardashian alone has 104 million Instagram followers — continues to dominate the airwaves at E! where it remains the highest-rated show. No wonder the network renewed KUWTK in October: Sources tell THR that the pact will keep the clan at E! through 2020 in a deal estimated in the $100 million range (not the $150 million reported by TMZ).

    News escape

    Kris Jenner: "Dinner with my girlfriends. It's one of my favorite things to do to unwind. I have the most incredible group of friends, and we always have so much fun when we're together."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day

    Kris Jenner: "You know, I'd love to sit in one of my kids' shoes for the day and see everything from their eyes. As a mom, I always see everything through a mother's eyes, so it would be interesting to see things through their perspective."

    Last show I binged

    Kris Jenner: "I love Dateline! I also do love my late-night talk shows, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, and of course I love watching Ellen DeGeneres."

    How I'd spend an extra day

    Kris Jenner: "Spend it with my grandkids and go on a long walk."

  • Kathleen Kennedy

    President, Lucasfilm

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    CATEGORY Power Squad

    The galaxy far, far away continues to expand under Kennedy's watch. As The Last Jedi proceeds toward an assured No. 1 box-office opening on Dec. 15, Lucasfilm already has locked in director Rian Johnson for a new Star Wars trilogy and will develop the franchise's first-ever live-action series for Disney's upcoming streaming service.

    Despite the scrutiny that attends even the most minor of moves out of Skywalker Ranch, Kennedy hasn't shirked from making tough calls, pulling directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller off of Solo: A Star Wars Story in June and replacing them with Ron Howard. Such a massive midproduction shift would typically spell doom for a project, but similar concerns surrounded Rogue One's reshoots in 2016, and that movie went on to become the second straight Star Wars movie to finish at the top of the U.S. box office in as many years. Over her four decades in the business, Kennedy often has used her status to elevate women's issues, most recently sexual harassment. She said in a recent speech, "We should have acted long ago."

  • Paula Kerger

    President and CEO, PBS

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    CATEGORY The Chiefs

    Now public broadcasting's first line of defense against a dismissive administration, Kerger is as much an advocate as she is an executive since Donald Trump vowed to eliminate all government funding for her platform during his presidency — even though PBS costs taxpayers only an estimated $1.35 each a year. She has prioritized keeping PBS' affiliate lights on in poor and rural parts of America, all while overseeing some of the most thriving news and children's programming operations in the industry.

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Lisa Henson, the CEO and president of The Jim Henson Company. I admire the innovation she brings to her work in capturing both the hearts and minds of our youngest viewers. I would love an excuse to spend a day with her creative team and watch the magic come to life."

  • Aleen Keshishian

    Founder and CEO, Lighthouse Management & Media

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    CATEGORY The Reps

    Jennifer Aniston is making her return to television thanks to Keshishian, who brokered the deal with Apple TV for two seasons of a morning TV show drama series that also stars Reese Witherspoon. And she helped orchestrate the deal for clients Laura Linney and Jason Bateman for Netflix drama Ozark. The former Brillstein Entertainment partner formed Lighthouse in 2016, bringing with her A-list clientele including Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow and Selena Gomez.

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Michelle Obama, Gloria Allred and Pope Francis."

    Last show I binged Ozark

    TV or film character I most identify with "Monica Geller from Friends."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Extra day? How about an extra month?"

  • Debbee Klein

    Senior agent, Paradigm

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    CATEGORY The Reps

    Klein is a key part of a department that represents some of the biggest producing talent in TV, including the Duffer brothers (Netflix's Stranger Things) and CBS' The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. She personally packaged a hotly anticipated live musical rendition of Rent at Fox and also contributed to packages for Hulu breakout The Handmaid's Tale and Netflix's heavily streamed comedy The Ranch. Top Klein clients include Black-ish's Tracee Ellis Ross, Girls Trip star Jada Pinkett Smith and NCIS: Los Angeles boss Shane Brennan.

    News escape "Reading scripts! Doesn't matter the genre; talented writers can transport you anywhere."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Michelle Obama, Jon Stewart and Joe Biden. Two people who were just in the White house and one who should be!"

    How I'd spend an extra day "I'd stay a day longer at our house in Indian Wells. I love the beauty of the desert, and you can never spend too much time with your family."

  • Jenji Kohan

    Showrunner, 'Orange Is the New Black' and 'GLOW'

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    CATEGORY The Makers

    Kohan's business card should read "Netflix hit-maker." The uber-producer followed her prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black, which will return for a sixth season in 2018, with the critically beloved wrestling comedy GLOW. And the streaming giant recently signed her to a rich, multiyear overall deal.

    News escape "Books on tape."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "Hired them."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Oprah. Who wouldn't want to be Oprah?"

    Last show I binged Call the Midwife

    How I'd spend an extra day "Read."

  • Sue Kroll and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg

    President, worldwide marketing and distribution; President, international distribution/growth initiatives, Warner Bros. Pictures

    From left: Sue Kroll and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg
    From left: Sue Kroll and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg
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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    Kroll, who runs one of Hollywood's busiest marketing and distribution operations, accomplished a key feat in selling Christopher Nolan's World War II epic Dunkirk as a thriller (one of the trailers for the film featured a ticking clock). The movie became one of the most successful war films of all time, earning $525 million at the summer box office — $337 million of that abroad, where Kwan Vandenberg has long been deft at mastering tough sells. Wonder Woman was likewise a huge victory for the duo.

    News escape

    Kroll: "My garden."

    Kwan Vandenberg: "Spending time with my family."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal

    Kroll: "It has started a really important dialogue. There will be substantive change and that is imperative."

    Kwan Vandenberg: "Empowering people to speak up about what's not OK."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day

    Kroll: "Mine! I love my job."

    Kwan Vandenberg: Emma Thomas

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be

    Kroll: "Bruce Springsteen — I grew up in Jersey and just saw his Broadway show; Imagine if he sang "The River" sitting in my dining room — Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele and Margaret Atwood."

    Last show I binged

    Kroll: "Mindhunter! I'm drawn to David Fincher's work. What can't Jonathan Groff do?!"

    Kwan Vandenberg: "I rewatched all Game of Thrones seasons before season eight."

    How I'd spend an extra day

    Kroll: "Spend it at home, since I'm not there nearly enough."

  • Donna Langley

    Chairman, Universal Pictures

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    CATEGORY Power Squad

    Universal bounced back from a 2016 dip with two films topping the $1 billion mark: Despicable Me 3 ($1.03 billion worldwide) and The Fate of the Furious ($1.23 billion). Langley also had a breakout hit with Jordan Peele's Get Out, a socially relevant horror film that cost $4.5 million to make and earned $254 million worldwide. Fifty Shades Darker fell short of the franchise's previous film ($381 million vs. $571 million) but cost just $55 million. Betting on Tom Cruise did the studio no favors, with the actor fronting two misfires in American Made ($133 million) and The Mummy ($409 million). In 2018, though, Universal has likely hits ahead: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22), Dwayne Johnson's Skyscraper (July 13) and July 20's Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

  • Jennifer Lawrence


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    She's been nominated for four Oscars, headlined her own franchise and this year becomes the youngest-ever winner of the 2017 Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. 

    Oprah Winfrey barely knew Lawrence when the actress called and said she'd like to meet and then on Oct. 5 drove to see Winfrey at her Montecito, California, home. "I was excited to have lunch, and we were just like 'girls in the garden,'" says Winfrey. "We probably talked for three and a half hours about life and fame and growing up and money and management and taking care of yourself and spirituality and philosophy. We drank rosé, and we laughed, and we talked about everything."

    Almost everything. One thing they didn't discuss was Harvey Weinstein, whose history of harassment and assault exploded into view that day, when The New York Times first detailed it. But Weinstein became a focal point of the two women's conversation a few weeks later, when THR asked Winfrey, 63, to interview Lawrence for this Women in Entertainment issue. That was shortly before the 27-year-old actress was to receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at THR's annual Power 100 breakfast, an award Winfrey received in 2013.

    Since their first meeting, the new friends have been texting back and forth. "I sent her a copy of Wisdom of Sundays and, before that, Power of Now and A New Earth," notes Winfrey. "What resonates with me is that, when you are talking to her, what you're seeing is the real thing. You're not seeing any pretense. She's asking all the right questions: 'How can I be used? How can I use this moment for something bigger than myself?'"

    Read the full interview from the Women in Entertainment cover story here

  • Debra Lee

    Chairman and CEO, BET Networks

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    CATEGORY The Chiefs

    Despite a challenging year at parent Viacom, Lee's flagship BET maintained its status as the No. 1 cable destination for African-American viewers for 16 consecutive years with buzzy awards shows and scripted projects including this year's New Edition miniseries, which lured an eye-popping 29 million viewers during its premiere week in January. The three-night mini is the most-watched miniseries or movie in network history. "What keeps me up at night is putting on the best programming I can," says Lee, a mom to two grown children, ages 24 and 28, "especially in light of the fact that we have so many new competitors."

    News escape Soulcycle

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Encouraging more women to come forward and not suffer in silence."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Beyonce. If I could dance and sing and perform like Beyonce just one time …"

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "President Obama, Michelle Obama and Beyonce. I think if I could get the three of them together we could come up with so many great ideas to help this world."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "How to listen better. It might solve a lot of these issues."

    Last show I binged The Handmaid's Tale

    TV or film character I most identify with "Mary Jane in Being Mary Jane. That's hard because there aren't a lot of great female African-American characters out there. I thought about saying [Scandal's] Olivia Pope but that's so unrealistic, especially now that she's killing people."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Go to a beach and meditate — and leave my phone behind."

  • Jill Leiderman

    Executive producer, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

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    Late night's highest-ranking woman has overseen Live!'s rise in ratings and relevance as the show and its host have become increasingly political. Kimmel's visit to Brooklyn in October proved to be the show's most watched week in more than a year; several Mondays this fall, Live! beat rivals in the key 18-to-49 demo.

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Michelle Obama, Gustavo Dudamel and Ben Platt."

    TV or film character I most identify with "Mary Richards of The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Volunteer, write thank-you notes, go to the playground with my son, organize my closet, take a cooking class and sleep."

  • Pamela Levine

    President, worldwide theatrical marketing, 20th Century Fox

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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    Key wins for Levine's team included Hidden Figures' $235.5 million worldwide, with $66 million from overseas, and The Boss Baby, which grossed nearly $500 million. Her shop spent nearly a year promoting Murder on the Orient Express to an early global haul of $202.6 million.

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "Whenever it's welcomed, I seek out new moms who are trying to figure out how to add kids on top of careers. Whether assistants or high-level execs, it is a puzzle and you have to be creative to get to the place where you don't feel like your hair is always on fire. I strive for partial sanity in my own balancing act, and love to help other women figure out how to do the same."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "The 20 things they take for granted every day that women cannot."

    Last show I binged "Better Things on FX. It's crazy brilliant. I don't know how she accomplishes the range of emotion, character development and originality in 20 minutes a pop. I am in awe."

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Actor, executive producer

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    CATEGORY The Stars

    The Veep star broke another Emmy record in September when she took home her sixth consecutive win for best actress in a comedy, topping Murphy Brown's Candice Bergen as the performer who has nabbed the most Emmys for a single role. She also made headlines for a less cheerful reason: a breast cancer diagnosis, which she used as a platform to advocate for access to health care and which temporarily halted production on the eighth and final season of her HBO comedy.

  • Kristie Macosko Krieger

    Producer, Amblin Partners

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    CATEGORY The Makers

    A core member of Team Spielberg, Macosko Krieger is a producer on The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, and Warner Bros.' 2018 tentpole Ready Player One. Next, the woman who began her career with USC's Shoah Foundation will partner with Marc Platt on The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

    News escape "Coaching my son's AYSO soccer team."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "The end of silence."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Pope Francis."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "How much women have to juggle to get it all done."

    Last show I binged The Handmaid's Tale

    TV or film character I most identify with "Elaine Benes from Seinfeld."

  • Frances Manfredi, Janice Marinelli and Belinda Menendez

    President, NBCUniversal TV and new media distribution, U.S. and Canada; President, Disney/ABC home entertainment and television distribution; President and chief revenue officer, global distribution, NBCUniversal

    From left: Frances Manfredi, Janice Marinelli and Belinda Menendez
    From left: Frances Manfredi, Janice Marinelli and Belinda Menendez
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    CATEGORY The Dealmakers (Distribution Chiefs)

    Thanks to Manfredi, who is responsible for $1 billion in annual revenue at NBCUniversal, Will & Grace fans were able to watch old episodes on Hulu ahead of the sitcom's triumphant return to NBC. Leading NBCU's global distribution efforts, Menendez struck a long-term carriage deal with Sky in the U.K. and Germany and struck an exclusive distribution agreement with Altice in France for Syfy, E! and 13th Street. At Disney, Marinelli parlayed successful box-office performances for Moana, Rogue One and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 into home entertainment growth and spearheaded efforts to launch digital locker service Movies Anywhere.

    News escape

    Marinelli: "Watching sports."

    Menendez: "I always have a few books on the go. I am reading Four Princes by John Julius Norwich and Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day

    Manfredi: "Definitely Donna Langley. Her oversight of all things creative is fascinating to me."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be

    Marinelli: "Stephen Colbert, Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Springsteen."

    Menendez: "I recall answering this question for another interview about four years ago — for a combination of living and dead guests. At that time, I said I'd be delighted to have the opportunity to host Gandhi, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Empress Dowager Cixi and Jeff Bezos. My list of living guests remains the same, although I'd like to now add in Tim Cook. And, I'd definitely need someone to cater as I wouldn't want to miss a minute of the conversation!"

  • Lori McCreary

    President, Producers Guild of America; CEO, Revelations Entertainment

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    CATEGORY Industry Stewards

    Serving her second term, alongside Gary Lucchesi, as PGA president, she was instrumental in the creation of the guild's new Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force. She saw CBS' Madam Secretary, now in its fourth season, which she exec produces, secure a multiplatform syndication deal worth more than $2 million per episode. And as Revelations hit its 20th anniversary, she and partner Morgan Freeman launched a new series, The Story of Us, on National Geographic.

    News escape "Drinking a glass (bottle?) of Chocolate Block wine from South Africa!"

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "That it shines a light on something almost all women, and some men — in all industries — experience. And we now have a real chance to change the culture in Hollywood and around the world."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Oprah. I would love to program and own my 'own' network."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Kamala Harris, Ava DuVernay and Pope Francis."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "How much harder women have to work to accomplish the same things they do."

    Last show I binged "Genius on NatGeo. Loved it!"

    TV or film character I most identify with "Katniss Everdeen — sometimes getting films made seems a bit like the Hunger Games!"

    How I'd spend an extra day "Read something for pleasure!"

  • Kate McKinnon

    Star, 'Saturday Night Live'

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    CATEGORY The Stars

    McKinnon's not-so-secret-weapon status on SNL was never clearer than in the past year, as the star won hearts and viewers — 11 million last season, the show's most watched in 23 years — first as presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, then as Trump players Jeff Sessions and Kellyanne Conway. Her lauded contributions earned her a second Emmy and helped power the show to its first series win in two decades.

    Last show I binged Planet Earth 2

    How I'd spend an extra day "Try my hand at camping. I have no survival skills, and it has been bugging me."

  • Marsha McManus

    Executive, manager, Principal Entertainment LA

    CATEGORY The Reps

    New to the Power 100, McManus has assisted client Seth Rogen in achieving his multihyphenate status as a go-to producer — most recently for dark horse awards contender A24's The Disaster Artist and his renewed AMC series Preacher. This year, McManus, who also reps Jim Parsons and Sandra Oh, shepherded the deal for Constance Wu's first top-billed role in a studio project with Jon M. Chu's upcoming Crazy Rich Asians.

  • Amy Miles

    CEO, Regal Entertainment

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    CATEGORY The Chiefs

    This year's downturn at the North American box office has been tough on theater chains, which have taken a beating on Wall Street. Regal saw its stock price surge on Nov. 28 when confirming it is in talks to sell to U.K.-based exhibitor Cineworld for $3.6 billion. In another bold move, Miles recently announced that Regal, the country's second-largest circuit with 7,135 screens, will experiment with dynamic ticket pricing in early 2018, meaning consumers will pay less for less popular titles. Regal posted a $10.7 million after-tax gain thanks to the sale of Open Road Films, a joint venture with AMC Entertainment.

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "These brave women have come forward to give a courageous voice to highlight very serious issues."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Oprah Winfrey would be my first invite. Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook would receive an invite. Bono would complete my dream dinner party. What better way to end the party than with a private concert from one of the greats."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "I would love to fill Donna Langley's shoes to experience the distribution side of the business and see the production, marketing and operations from her gifted perspective."

  • Hannah Minghella

    President, TriStar Pictures

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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    Since taking over in 2015, she has rebranded TriStar as a champion of director-driven, modestly budgeted fare. This year, Minghella oversaw the release of Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, which raced to $226.9 million worldwide on a budget of $34 million. The Women in Film board member champions females behind the camera — like Michelle MacLaren, who is set to direct TriStar's adaptation of The Nightingale.

    News escape "Playing with my kids, who are young enough to be blissfully unaware of what's happening in the world."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "The truth. There is a conversation happening now that wasn't happening before. I sit on the board of Women in Film and for the first time there are men reaching out and asking how they can help. This isn't [just] a women's issue, and we're not just talking to each other in an echo chamber anymore."

    Last show I binged Big Little Lies

    How I'd spend an extra day "I'd have a cozy day with my family and friends."

  • Courteney Monroe

    CEO, National Geographic Global Networks

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    CATEGORY The Chiefs

    Monroe's aggressive Nat Geo rebrand paid major dividends in 2017. Anthology Genius, renewed for a second season, earned 10 Emmy nominations — quite the foray into scripted entertainment. The year also brought Jane, a documentary about primatologist Jane Goodall, and an aggressive push into future scripted enter­tainment. Nat Geo is developing a space drama with Leonardo DiCaprio, and Iraq War event series The Long Road Home, based on Martha Raddatz's best-seller, began airing in November. Linear ratings may be down from the prestige push, but Monroe's overall portfolio — which includes spinoff network Wild — remains among the most appealing 21st Century Fox properties that would accompany any potential sale.

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Katie Couric, my longtime girl crush. Everyone wants to be interviewed by her! Her relentless passion for provocative storytelling and covering topics that change the way people view the world is inspiring."

    Last show I binged Episodes

    TV or film character I most identify with "Olivia Pope from Scandal. Oh, the things I'd change in Washington if I were her!"

  • Vanessa Morrison

    President, Fox Family

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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    The longtime head of Fox Animation — its newest film, Ferdinand, about a peace-loving bull, hits theaters Dec. 15 — has been given a fresh assignment: heading up a newly created division charged with developing kid-friendly movies, including feature versions of Fox TV properties like the Bob's Burgers film slated for 2020, while also ramping up the studio's family animated TV business.

    News escape "Watching House Hunters International on HGTV."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "I've always tried to make sure that amazing, talented women were well represented in my work and given exposure and opportunities to grow."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Ta-Nehisi Coates, Toni Morrison and Oprah Winfrey."

    Last show I binged Queen Sugar

    TV or film character I most identify with "Dee from What's Happening!!"

  • Elisabeth Moss

    Actor, producer

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    CATEGORY The Stars

    It would be hard to top Moss' TV track record, which includes back-to-back-to-back hits in Mad Men, Top of the Lake and, now, Hulu breakout The Handmaid's Tale. She serves as a hands-on producer on the latter, which earned eight Emmys, including a best actress statuette for Moss and an all-important best drama win for the streamer. Moss also has emerged as a vocal supporter of women's rights and has lined up passion projects for TV (Typhoid Mary drama Fever) and film (abortion drama Call Jane).

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Oprah. Obviously. My mother. Maggie Smith."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "That projects led by and made by women are extremely financially successful."

    Last show I binged "Black Mirror season 3. My favorite show on TV. I think it's beyond brilliant and groundbreaking."

    TV or film character I most identify with "Jane in Broadcast News."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Sleep."

  • Jennifer Mullin

    CEO, FremantleMedia North America

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    Come March, all eyes will be on Mullin as Fremantle's aggressive play to relaunch American Idol with $25 million judge Katy Perry kicks off on ABC. But Mullin's stateside portfolio is broader than simply Idol. American Gods proved a critical breakout for Starz, and America's Got Talent, heading into its 13th cycle on NBC, is now the highest-rated reality show across all of TV.

    News escape "A good book — I'm currently in a biography phase"

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day Shonda Rhimes

    Last show I binged Ozark

  • Sue Naegle

    President, Annapurna Television

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    Since the former HBO exec was tapped to head Annapurna's burgeoning TV division a year ago, she has helped turn Megan Ellison's prestige mini-studio into a legitimate small-screen player. Among the many projects Naegle has in development: the Coen brothers' first TV project (for Netflix) and a Julia Roberts vehicle for HBO.

    News escape "A constant loop of MSNBC. Really in danger of being trapped in an echo chamber, but I love my Rachel Maddow so much."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Women will stop being afraid to come forward and be believed."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "Mentoring women is the smartest way I know to get to gender equality and representation in Hollywood. Our current department is all female."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Cindy Holland. But I would want to just follow her around for a day."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Jennifer Egan, Carrie Brownstein and Sarah Polley."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "Nobody wants to hear their sex stories."

    Last show I binged "Handmaid's Tale was my favorite thing this year."

    TV or film character I most identify with "Lady Bird [from Lady Bird]."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Make cookies with my daughters and after I put them to bed, read in the softest pajamas."

  • Diane Nelson

    President, DC Entertainment; president, Warner Bros. Worldwide Consumer Products

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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    Nelson's favorite hero, Wonder Woman, became a box-office sensation, lassoing $821.8 million worldwide. As the focal point for all things DC — film, TV, animation, publishing — Nelson is instrumental in the upcoming launch of the DC-branded over-the-top service that will allow fans to super-binge on heroes. With Warner Bros. Television, there are 14 DC TV shows on the air, more than ever.

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Awareness of the pervasiveness of the problem and the hope for consciousness and eradication of this behavior."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Ellen DeGeneres for her ability to inspire, do good and make people laugh."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Barack and Michelle Obama and J.K. Rowling."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "What a 'fear-based culture' really means — from creating fear of reporting harassment to fear of offering feedback or advice because of retribution."

    Last show I binged Mindhunter

    TV or film character I most identify with "Perhaps not identify with but I certainly aspire to the traits we see in Wonder Woman."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Go back to school to learn things I took for granted during my earlier life."

  • Sheila Nevins

    President, HBO Documentary Films

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    Nevins has contributed more than 1,000 films to the doc canon, an extraordinary track record at a time when verite storytelling is a hot commodity (again). This year, she churned out an impressively eclectic menu of projects (Carl Reiner's If Your Not in The Obit, Eat BreakfastBright Lights, about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds) and her first book, You Don't Look Your Age … And Other Fairy Tales. Jokes Nevins: "I found myself part of a clan of aging women who were needy, and I was one of them."

    News escape "I can't escape it. It digs a hole in my gut every day. How can you escape a shooting in a church? Or that mentally ill people can get guns? You can't escape it, unless you get underneath the bed and never come out."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Rules for men to follow. Even though he was an extreme case, it's the better-watch-out time. Women have power and can talk back now."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "Probably not enough. I've never consciously said, 'Here's a woman, I'm going to help her.'"

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "That we don't hate them; we just want them to behave."

    Last show I binged "Handmaid's Tale. I enjoyed the totality of it."

    TV or film character I most identify with "I should say Wonder Woman but I really can't. One, I can't fly. Two, I wouldn't look good in those clothes."

    How I'd spend an extra day "I would write to people I've avoided. I would go through alphabetically and say, 'Hi, we haven't talked in a while and I think you're great.' Like, the editor who made a film really great. I'd take time out to congratulate, not on my deathbed, the way some people do it."

  • Lisa Nishimura

    VP, original documentary and comedy programming, Netflix

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    Nishimura's powerhouse doc division brought the streamer its first Oscar in February for Syria short The White Helmets. She's also delivered true-crime series The Keepers and documentaries Icarus and Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. Next, she's focused on releasing Errol Morris' six-part oeuvre, Wormwood, bringing back Making a Murderer and adding comedy specials from A-listers like Ellen DeGeneres.

    News escape "Yoga and working in my garden at home."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Truth."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "Kept my door open and listened."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Whatever my husband and son want to do. With all my travel, I owe them big time."

  • Mary Parent

    Vice chairman worldwide production, Legendary

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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    The studio owned by China's Dalian Wanda Group has seen a tumultuous 2017 amid new regulations that limit Chinese companies' investments abroad. Nevertheless, Parent's first film at the studio, Kong: Skull Island, scored with $566.7 million worldwide. She also oversaw Pacific Rim Uprising (March) and is in pro­duction on Dwayne Johnson starrer Skyscraper. On TV, she's in production on Love and Lost in Space (both Netflix), The Looming Tower (Hulu) and Colony (USA).

    News escape "Diving into Stranger Things, something that will completely transport and distract me."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "We have a moment the we cannot go back and can only go forward. It has to become the catalyst of how we move forward."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "I've done a fair amount of mentorship, but I also try to do as many general meetings with women as I can. When I was coming up, I always wanted to pick somebody's brain for a few moments, particularly women.

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Location scout Leann Emmert. I love to travel, so exploring new and spectacular places to shoot is exciting, so I'd love to do Leeann's job for a day."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "As part of my job, I'm fortunate to get to have dinner with fascinating people I wouldn't otherwise cross paths with but, while not a clever answer, I would invite my mom, dad and sister, as I don't get to see them often enough."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "That we don't always see ourselves as different than them."

    Last show I binged "Second season of Stranger Things like everyone else."

    TV or film character I most identify with "Lucille Ball because she's the embodiment of always finding the humor in just about any circumstance."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Totally unplugging and just be more present in the moment."

  • Amy Pascal

    Producer, 'Molly's Game,' 'The Post,' 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

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    CATEGORY The Makers

    "I've had years that I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy, and this wasn't one of them," says the studio chief turned producer, who roared back from the slings of the 2014 Sony hack with three films this year: the Spider-Man reboot, Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game and Steven Spielberg's The Post. It will be just as busy in 2018 with Spider-Man spinoff Venom and Claire Foy starrer The Girl in the Spider's Web.

    News escape "Paint by numbers and reading British novels."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "A re-evaluation of working relationships between men and women. I don't think every single male-female relationship has that kind of confusing sexual tension to it. But there are different kinds of sexual tensions. This will make people understand what power dynamics are. I don't know that it is always sexual, but it is always about power."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "I've always been committed to bringing women up in the business. I've also always made movies about women and worked with women directors."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "The late British novelist Barbara Pym, Claire Foy and Emma Thompson."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Costume designer Ann Roth. I love what she does because she studies what people wear from a historical, literary and intellectual perspective, and it's completely thrilling. She might actually be at my dinner party, too."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "To stop talking."

    Last show I binged "An Icelandic crime drama called Trapped."

    TV or film character I most identify with "Gillian Anderson's Stella Gibson in The Fall. She fucks everybody and wears these gorgeous silk shirts and is really tough and smart."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Spend it with my son."

  • Cynthia Pett

    Co-owner, managing partner, Brillstein Entertainment

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    CATEGORY The Reps

    Pett guides her clients expertly through both the indie and the blockbuster space. This year, the manager spearheaded deals for such talent as Elizabeth Olsen on low-budget features (Ingrid Goes West, Wind River) and studio tentpoles (Avengers: Infinity War). Recently, she helped shepherd the deal for a splashy adaptation of James Frey's best-seller A Million Little Pieces for husband-and-wife filmmaking duo Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and shored up Rami Malek's role as Freddie Mercury in Bryan Singer's Bohemian Rhapsody.

    News escape "Being outdoors."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Jane Goodall, Robert Plant and Drake."

    Last show I binged Stranger Things

    TV or film character I most identify with "Selina Meyer in Veep."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Spend the day at my rescue animal farm in Carpinteria with my two sons and without my phone."

  • Amy Powell

    President, Paramount Television and Digital Entertainment

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    In four years, Powell has transformed Paramount TV into a home of bona fide breakouts. Among them: Fox's Grease: Live, which earned five Emmys, and Netflix's 13 Reasons Why. Next up: Netflix's Emma Stone and Jonah Hill comedy Maniac, directed by Cary Fukunaga; Amazon's Jack Ryan reboot; and the limited series Catch-22, starring and directed by George Clooney.

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Beyonce, Elon Musk and Jane Goodall."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "That when we are on 8 a.m. conference calls we're actually on mute because we are also showering, making our kids breakfast, getting them dressed, making lunch and on hold with American Airlines booking holiday travel."

    Last show I binged Master of None

    TV or film character I most identify with "Selina Meyer in Veep."

    How I'd spend an extra day "I'd finally book that trip to India and go in 2018."

  • Terry Press

    President, CBS Films

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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    American Assassin's $63 million global haul was a win for Press, who with her team smartly targeted both older action fans (i.e., males) and younger fans of Maze Runner star Dylan O'Brien. She also helped Hell or High Water get four Oscar noms, including best picture. Up next is supernatural horror entry Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built (Feb. 2).

    News escape "Jigsaw puzzles. But I usually do them watching the news."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "People and institutions have come to recognize that no amount of charitable contributions, awards and media puffery can obscure criminal behavior. Nobody is above the law and everyone should be held accountable for their behavior."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Adele, Joe Scarborough and LeBron James. Hopefully LeBron would bring Charles Barkley and Greg Popovich."

    Last show I binged Mindhunters

    TV or film character I most identify with "Christine in The New Adventures of Old Christine."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Hang out with my husband and children, bake something and go to a movie in a theater — the way [films are] meant to be seen."

  • Keri Putnam

    Executive Director, Sundance Institute

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    CATEGORY Industry Stewards

    In a year of seismic political upheaval, Sundance offered its own steady response to climate change deniers (ahem, Trump) with its first-ever New Climate program, which featured a slate of films tackling environmental issues. Putnam, who oversees a staff of 170, also is known as one of the industry's most proactive champions of female writers and directors, launching the Systemic Change Project in 2015 with Women in Film Los Angeles. Sundance reflected that effort with women making up one-third of the directors at the 2017 festival.

    News escape "Longreads. Maybe not escape, but at least more perspective than the sound bites and tweets."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "That we now see clearly the systemic relationship between power and harassment and are moving toward a culture where victims are believed. I'd like also to think people are drawing the connection between these abuses of power and the lack of diversity among the makers and decision-makers in film and television. I hope awareness of that is also growing."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "At Sundance, I am lucky to work with many young women who are starting out — writers, directors, producers, composers, playwrights — and I love supporting them in setting goals, shaping their projects, finding financing, thinking about how to build their careers. Outside of work, I have stayed connected to many fantastic women I first got to know when they were new to the business and I mentored them. These cross-generational friendships are of huge meaning to me."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Carolyn Strauss. She's been responsible for so many groundbreaking shows (Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, The Wire)."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Oliver and Michelle Obama."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "What it feels like to be the only one of their gender in the room."

    Last show I binged "Stranger Things. Both seasons in one week."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Read a novel."

  • Shari Redstone

    President, National Amusements

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    CATEGORY The Chiefs

    Viacom stock had been cresting in early 2017 based on the prospect of a Redstone-proposed CBS-Viacom merger that never happened. Now the stock has lost about 43 percent of its value from a high of $46.62 per share on March 31. But the daughter of Sumner Redstone has put her own stamp on the family business by tapping Bob Bakish as Viacom CEO — and is looking to Jim Gianopulos to return Paramount Pictures to its former glory. That turnaround likely won't happen in 2018 given that the studio's two most promising films hail from long-worn franchises (Mission: Impossible 6 and Transformers spinoff Bumblebee). Amid the rebuilding, Paramount lost a $1 billion Chinese slate financing deal with Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media. But Viacom's TV network business is moving in the right direction, with total ratings up 3 percent at its cable channels in the most recent quarter and with BET and MTV showing particular gains (27 percent and 11 percent, respectively). Despite the growing pains, no woman remains in charge of more entertainment assets.

  • Shonda Rhimes

    Producer, Shondaland

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    CATEGORY Power Squad

    THR's guest editor made several moves toward world domination with an estimated $100 million Netflix deal, which will see her developing new shows exclusively for the streamer, and the launch of lifestyle site Shondaland. Her stable of long-running dramas, including Grey's Anatomy (still a top 10 show, 300-plus episodes in) and Scandal, has reportedly generated more than $2 billion in revenue at ABC.

    News escape "There is sadly no escape. I just breathe and take a lot of showers."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Not one single man has put his hands anywhere near me in any work-related situation since. Also, when sexual harassment is reported, it's now taken seriously. But there's way more work to be done."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Meryl Streep. She just seems to be someone who is all about the doing. No BS. And she's automatically exempt from having to deal with any mayhem and crazy by virtue of being Meryl. Also, I'd want the talent."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Adele, Michelle Obama and Tiffany Haddish — because that would be the single best dinner party in the entire world. Just think about it."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "How much unconscious bias they actually have and how it affects them and those around them."

    Last show I binged Mindhunter

    TV or film character I most identify with "Olivia Pope. I mean, what did you think I was gonna say?"

    How I'd spend an extra day "Sleep."

  • Blair Rich

    President worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures

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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    It's been a scary good year for Rich, who, in addition to executing marketing campaigns for Warners releases under Kroll, is responsible for New Line titles — like It, which grossed $688 million globally on a $35 million budget to become the top-grossing horror film ever. "We redefined the meaning of the red balloon emoji," she says.

    News escape "My 2-year-old. And Instagram!"

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Justice. And finally people are talking about the issue."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Sherry Lansing. I've always admired her and how she transitioned from formidable Hollywood exec to philanthropic powerhouse."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "President Obama, Fernando Alonso (Formula One driver), David Chang (Chef), Christiane Amanpour."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "How hard it is to be a working mom."

    Last show I binged Mindhunter

  • Susan Rovner and Lisa Gregorian

    Executive vp development, Warner Bros. TV; co-president, Warner Horizon scripted TV; President and chief marketing officer, Warner Bros. TV

    From left: Susan Rovner and Lisa Gregorian
    From left: Susan Rovner and Lisa Gregorian
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    A 19-year Warner Bros. veteran, Rovner heads development for one of TV's top studios and oversees all scripted fare for its cable division. This year, she secured a big order for a Greg Berlanti psychological thriller at Lifetime, Jordan Peele's anthology horror series at HBO and J.J. Abrams' Stephen King mystery series Castle Rock at Hulu. Gregorian runs global marketing for WB's 90-plus shows and was key to the launch campaigns for breakouts Riverdale and Lethal Weapon.

    News escape

    Gregorian: "The Moth podcast and NPR's Planet Money."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be

    Rovner: "Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem and Oprah."

    Gregorian: "Amal Clooney, Barbra Streisand and Jane Goodall. OMG, I have goosebumps just thinking about how amazing that would be."

    Last show I binged

    Rovner: "This amazing new reality show called The Handmaid's Tale."

    Gregorian: "Game of Thrones, starting from season one — for a second time! Total fangirl."

  • Jennifer Salke

    President, NBC Entertainment

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    When Salke joined NBC in 2011, the net was foundering in fourth place. Six years later, NBC is trouncing much of its competition as the No. 1 network in the demo, with a celebrated roster that includes The Good Place, The Voice and a slew of popular Dick Wolf series. But few shows have helped solidify NBC's top status like the commercial (a 5.2 rating in adults 18-to-49, broadcast's No. 1 series) and critical juggernaut This Is Us, for which Salke, in particular, is extremely hands-on.

    News escape "A good laugh with my kids or a long walk with my three dogs."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "That more victims of abuse won't be afraid to speak up."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "Hire them, promote them, and let them lead."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Tina Fey, Amy Poehler or Mindy Kaling."

    Last show I binged Curb Your Enthusiasm

  • Stacey Sher

    Co-president, Activision Blizzard Studios

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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    Since taking on her role in 2016, Sher has focused on bringing blockbuster video game franchise Call of Duty to the big screen. "I always love a challenge," says the Django Unchained producer, who is meeting with directors for the first of several planned films. The studio's Skylanders Academy is heading into its third season on Netflix.

    News escape "Yoga."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "That this is about much more than just Harvey Weinstein."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Melina Matsoukas, because you'd get to direct both Issa Rae and Beyonce."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Brene Brown, Patti Smith and Michelle Obama."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "How tenuous women in Hollywood feel their place is here."

    Last show I binged "Mosaic, the new Steven Soderbergh app [that lets users choose their path through the story]."

  • Allison Shearmur


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    CATEGORY The Makers

    Shearmur has become a trusted partner for Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy. She was a producer on last December's $1 billion-plus Rogue One and navigated the choppy waters of a director switch on the Han Solo stand-alone. Shearmur also was an EP on Power Rangers and currently is casting Disney's The One and Only Ivan, which she's producing with Angelina Jolie.

    News escape "Assuming this counts as an escape from the news, the podcast You Must Remember This by Karina Longworth because I love stories of old Hollywood."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Is the hope that my daughter will navigate a world where success is based solely on the power of one's ideas, character and strength of will rather than acquiesce to an outmoded set of assumptions about gender. It is one world and we all work in it."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Sandy Powell, because we both love character, and she creates it with unparalleled taste and vision."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "John Oliver, Joan Didion and Riz Ahmed."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "What they sound like much of the time. Women too. We all need to listen a little more and talk a whole lot less. The world is changing faster than our chatter."

    Last show I binged "Stranger Things season two with my 15-year-old daughter, Imogen."

    TV or film character I most identify with "Jane Craig, Holly Hunter's character from Broadcast News. I love how she projected an air of complete control, and yet, behind closed doors, had the same doubts and vulnerabilities as everyone else."

    How I'd spend an extra day "I would sit by the ocean in Kauai, with my husband, watching my kids surf and be fearless."

  • Leslie Siebert

    Senior managing partner, Gersh

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    CATEGORY The Reps

    Many of Siebert's clients are having banner years: Debra Messing and Eric McCormack reprised their roles in Will & Grace to ratings and acclaim, while Mom star Allison Janney is garnering serious Oscar buzz for her part as Tonya Harding's mom in I, Tonya, and Mandy Moore is generating record numbers as the Pearson matriarch on NBC's This Is Us. Other top Siebert clients include Kyle Chandler, Catherine Keener, Angela Bassett and Jeffrey Tambor, for whom sexual harassment allegations may have him exit his Emmy-winning role on Transparent.

    Last show I binged "This Is Us. Had to catch up. Cried for hours."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Turn my phone off and sleep."

  • Molly Smith

    Co-founder, Black Label Media

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    CATEGORY The Makers

    Black Label's La La Land didn't take home the best picture Oscar in the most surreal ceremony ending in Academy history, but the film earned raves and $446 million on a $30 million budget. More recently, Smith's 4-year-old company released the Josh Brolin-Miles Teller starrer Only the Brave and Danny Strong's art house directing debut Rebel in the Rye. For 2018, she's readying Taliban thriller 12 Strong (starring Chris Hemsworth), Sicario sequel Soldado and John Hughes-esque teen comedy Sierra Burgess Is a Loser.

    News escape The Real Housewives

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "I do think it's a great movement for both men and women in the industry. The old mentality, that old-school bullying and that style just won't be tolerated anymore. It's not appropriate in any industry, certainly not this business. I think it was tolerated too long, so I think that's a wonderful thing for our industry and a lot of industries for people to be able to speak up against that."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "There's a small project that we just finished, which is very different than anything on our slate. It's a high school movie called Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, and we're really proud about that, especially in terms of what it says about women with the message and takeaway from the film. It's sort of "be confident in who you are and be proud of that and be celebrated. Shannon Purser, who is Barb from Stranger Things, plays the lead, and she's just awesome. She's going to be a really great force in the industry. It's sort of like a John Hughes throwback, and she's like a young Molly Ringwald."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Amy Pascal is a pretty impressive woman. She's had an incredible career, obviously, running a studio and now she's always producing really bold films."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Queen Elizabeth, Sterling Brown (I'm obsessed with This Is Us) and Blake Shelton (just to spice things up, and he seems like he'd be really fun at a dinner party)."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "There's a real movement going on right now for women supporting other women. We want to see women succeed. I think sometimes when I watch some of the men in our industry, it's just a bit more cutthroat and competitive."

    Last show I binged "The Crown. I just finished season one and I'm obsessed. It's so well done. Claire Foy is incredible."

    TV or film character I most identify with "All of Shonda Rhimes' female leads, whether it's Olivia Pope or Meredith Grey. Flawed women, but they're always strong."

    How I'd spend an extra day "With my family in Tennessee."

  • Stacey Snider

    Chairman and CEO, 20th Century Fox Film

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    CATEGORY The Chiefs

    It can't be easy to watch your bosses — 21st Century Fox chiefs James and Lachlan Murdoch — mull selling your studio to Disney or another suitor when you've been in the top job less than two years, but Snider has been through this sort of tumult before. During her tenure as chairman of Universal Pictures (1999 to 2006), the studio was sold to Vivendi and later to General Electric, then parent company of NBC. Highlights of Snider's year include Logan, which earned $616.8 million at the worldwide box office; dating the next four Avatar films; and reuniting with her former DreamWorks partner/boss, Steven Spielberg, for The Post, which opens Dec. 22 and stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Other upcoming big bets include The Greatest Showman (Dec. 20) and Deadpool 2 (June 1).

  • Mireille Soria

    President, Paramount Animation

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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    Named to her role this summer by new studio chief Jim Gianopulos, Soria is readying a slate that includes Sherlock Gnomes (March), with a voice cast led by James McAvoy, Emily Blunt and Johnny Depp and original Elton John music.

    Best thing to come out of the Harvey Weinstein scandal "There finally is consequence for bad behavior, which has emboldened women to speak out."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "My three kids (corny but true)."

    Last show I binged Broad City

    TV or film character I most identify with Mary Richards

  • Beatrice Springborn

    VP content development, Hulu

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    The Handmaid's Tale not only put Hulu on the prestige TV map but also garnered eight Emmy Awards, including a streaming-first best drama win, and, per Springborn, "elevated and increased the talent coming in the door." She plans to build on that momentum with 9/11 limited series The Looming Tower and Stephen King's Castle Rock and has pushed into talk with Sarah Silverman's I Love You, America.

    News escape "Fiction books. I try to read actual printed books that I can dog-ear and hold and carry around and shut down technology to focus on."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Men are saying sorry for good reason instead of women saying sorry for no reason."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "I've encouraged women to manage their own career and not apologize for taking steps to do so."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Margaret Atwood, Beyonce and Amy Sedaris."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "Women want your support. The biggest advocates and mentors in my career have been men."

    Last show I binged "Insecure seasons one and two."

    TV or film character I most identify with "Jane Craig in Broadcast News. I cry almost every day from reading the news or hearing a song. You could say I wear my heart and my tears on my sleeve."

  • Sandra Stern

    President, Lionsgate TV

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    Stern's TV portfolio, which posted its fourth consecutive year of record revenue (approaching $900 million for the fiscal year ending in March), now counts nearly 90 series on more than 40 different networks. Though she hasn't replaced Emmy magnet Mad Men, the Lionsgate roster does include Orange Is the New Black and Dear White People and the Oprah Winfrey starrer Greenleaf.

    News escape Real Time With Bill Maher

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Sherry Lansing. We could all use a day of philanthropy and giving back."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Frank Gehry for the sensuality and perfection of his work. Elon Musk for his visionary genius. And Bob Dylan, because a party isn't a party without music and poetry."

    TV of film character I most identify with "Wonder Woman. Aren't we all trying to do it all?"

  • Emma Stone


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    CATEGORY The Stars

    Playing a famous 1970s tennis star hasn't been all aces (Battle of the Sexes has grossed just $12.6 million), but Stone's turn as Billie Jean King has made the La La Land best actress Oscar winner (and highest-paid actress of 2017, earning a reported $26 million) a contender for another Oscar. She's also signed on for the title role in Disney's Cruella, sure to bring a significant payday and global profile boost.

  • Meryl Streep


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    CATEGORY Power Squad

    In Steven Spielberg's new film, The Post (opening Dec. 22), Streep plays The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, who finds her voice and learns to stand up to men when her newspaper risks court sanctions for publishing the Pentagon Papers in 1971. "The script portrays her as quite uncertain," says Streep. "That was her private self. Her public self was a woman very adept and schooled in the social graces and sort of the self-deprecating manner but crack intelligence."

    Of course, Streep's own public self has no problem standing up to power. Earlier this year, while accepting yet another life achievement trophy — the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award — she used the moment to confront the president himself. Without mentioning Trump by name, she blasted him for imitating a disabled reporter and called for support for the Committee to Protect Journalism. Over the next 24 hours, nearly a quarter of a million dollars in donations poured in. The president responded, as he so often does, with a tweet, calling Streep "one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood." She can console herself with her three Oscars and 20 nominations (a 21st is virtually guaranteed for her turn in The Post). Next, she'll move on to the sequel to 2008's Mamma Mia! (her biggest grosser ever, at $609 million) and, after that, she'll star alongside her Devil Wears Prada assistant Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns.

  • Taylor Swift


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    CATEGORY The Stars

    She scrubbed her social media accounts until August, when her snake-centric posts helped launch edgy hit "Look What You Made Me Do." The single's lyric and music video broke YouTube's records for first-day views (43 million and 19 million, respectively), while the song notched a record-breaking 8 million streams on Spotify — but failed to score a Grammy nomination. Solace for the star: Her corresponding album Reputation (not Grammy eligible) immediately became the top-selling album of 2017, selling 1.05 million copies in its first four days.

  • Sharon Tal Yguado

    Head of scripted series, Amazon Studios

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    Tal Yguado joined Amazon as head of event series in February and has since added drama and comedy to her purview following the scandal-plagued departures of Roy Price and Joe Lewis. With a mandate to find the next Game of Thrones, the former Fox International exec signed Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman to a rich overall deal and secured a Lord of the Rings TV show in a rights deal worth a baffling $250 million.

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Seeing women speak up, take action and connect in a big way. At Amazon, we have a wonderful group called 'Activate' that meets regularly to discuss ways to empower women and avoid gender bias. It's been inspiring."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Gal Gadot (because it's time I met my Israeli superhero), Lin-Manuel Miranda (just because I am obsessed with everything Lin-Manuel Miranda) and Melissa McCarthy (because she cracks me up)!"

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "What it would take for them to get and keep their big jobs if they were a woman and a mother."

    Last show I binged "I'm catching up on Amazon's comedies and dramas at the moment. I just rewatched Catastrophe, which I adore."

    TV or film character I most identify with "Daenerys Targaryen. I really want to fly a dragon."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Read novels for pleasure, not for work."

  • Jenno Topping

    President of film and television, Chernin Entertainment

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    CATEGORY The Makers

    Topping saw Chernin and Fox's $1.7 billion Apes trilogy wrap up this summer with War for the Planet of the Apes, which earned $490.7 million worldwide. Still to come: musical The Greatest Showman, with Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, opening Christmas. In 2018, promising projects include Jennifer Lawrence starrer Red Sparrow (March 2), Kristen Stewart's Underwater and the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins.

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "Hire tons of them."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day Ellen Kuras

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Robert Mueller, Chrissie Hynde and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf."

    Last show I binged Catastrophe

  • Nancy Utley

    President, Fox Searchlight

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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    Utley and fellow Searchlight president Steve Gilula are taking charge of their destiny: Searchlight produced and financed eight of its 11 films in 2017 — including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Shape of Water, both strong Oscar contenders. The pair needs wins after paying $9.5 million for Sundance sensation Patti Cake$, which earned $1.5 million globally.

    News escape "Podcasts (S-Town, Crimetown, NPR's How I Built This) and audio books (M Train by Patti Smith and Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen)."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Increased awareness and conversation about sexual harassment issues in our industry and others."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "Participate as a mentor in programs such as THR Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Academy Gold program, Film Independent's Project Involve, Step Up Women's Network, Northwestern University Mentorship Program and the Fox High-Potential Employee Program."

    Last show I binged "Alias Grace. I'm a big fan of Sarah Gadon."

  • Dana Walden

    Chairman and CEO, Fox TV Group

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    CATEGORY Power Squad

    Walden's TV portfolio remains unparalleled. Across network Fox Broadcasting and studio 20th Century Fox TV, she oversees a whopping 50-plus series. No other exec in the industry, save partner Gary Newman and outlier Netflix's Ted Sarandos/Cindy Holland, can claim anything close to that tally. Over the past year, Walden has made a concerted effort to shore up linear ratings slides with the big swings she's become known for. Genre dramas The Gifted and The Orville both rank in the top five new broadcast series of the 2017-18 season, helping to keep Fox at No. 2 among adults 18-to-49 across all of TV (aided by another stellar World Series). Singing competition The Four, out in 2018, hopes to steal ABC's American Idol thunder. And Walden enlisted pal Ryan Murphy to give Fox something no other network has: a procedural with an all-star cast. Starring Angela Bassett, Connie Britton and Peter Krause, 9-1-1 premieres Jan. 3. Off-network, 20th drama This Is Us continues its ascendancy, now the highest-rated series on the Big Four — one reason her studio would be a plum in any potential sale of 21st Century Fox's production assets. Three decades into her tenure at Fox, Walden, who recently joined the board of Hulu, possesses unique power: She is the creative's executive with greenlight authority. And even as the streamers woo A-list auteurs and actors, her studio's prestige track record and her reputation for collaboration make Walden a most wanted partner.

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day "Sheryl Sandberg. She's Hollywood adjacent. It would be fascinating to see the workings of a company that changed the world."

    Last show I binged "Handmaid's Tale. Spectacular." 

  • Emma Watts

    Vice chairman, 20th Century Fox Film, and president of production, 20th Century Fox

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    Watts secured a key promotion in February when 21st Century Fox chiefs James and Lachlan Murdoch made her vice chairman of the film studio. As production head, she has continued to turn out strong tentpoles, including X-Men installment Logan ($616.8 million globally) and War for the Planet of the Apes ($490.7 million).

    News escape "Candy Crush — though I may be misreading the question."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Sunlight."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "As much as women."

    Last show I binged Fleabag

  • Zhang Wei

    President, Alibaba Pictures Group

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    CATEGORY Film Forces

    With China's crackdown on outward investment, Wei helped Alibaba shift its focus to digital infrastructure. The first fruit of a deal with Amblin Entertainment, A Dog's Purpose, scored $88 million in China after APG tapped the big data resources of its parent. Alibaba also invested heavily in mobile ticketing platform Tao Piao Piao, which sold 40 percent of all tickets to Wolf Warrior 2, China's highest-grossing domestic release.

  • Oprah Winfrey

    CEO, Oprah Winfrey Network

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    Winfrey proves herself a more formidable renaissance woman with each passing year. Her eponymous network continues to thrive on the back of such originals as Ava DuVernay's Queen Sugar and church drama Greenleaf. Both average more than 2 million weekly viewers, and the latter counts Winfrey as a recurring star. And when Tyler Perry announced he would leave for a rich Viacom deal in 2019, OWN wasted no time locking DuVernay and megaproducer Will Packer into first-look deals to ensure the network's status as a destination for female and black viewers. Winfrey, who just signed a contract extension to remain OWN's CEO through 2025, also starred in HBO's Emmy-nominated The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, wrapped production on DuVernay's Disney adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time and provided the voice of a camel named Deborah in Sony's Christmas cartoon The Star ($24 million to date). But her network and performances remain modest pieces of the Winfrey puzzle, one that recently added a line of frozen soups and mashed potatoes (O, That's Good!) and a big expansion of her Super Soul Sunday brand with a podcast and a book (The Wisdom of Sundays), which climbed the nonfiction charts in November. Winfrey even partnered with Amazon on an interactive version of Oprah's Favorite Things. "Alexa, who's the most influential woman in America?"

    News escape "Poetry. I have returned to poetry after experiencing Bruce Springsteen's powerful poetic performance on Broadway."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "People are talking. Women around the world recognize they are not alone and feel more fortified to speak up for themselves. Not only in Hollywood, but in kitchens, in hospitals and factories around the world."

    Last show I binged Big Little Lies

  • Reese Witherspoon

    Actor, producer

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    Witherspoon scored big in 2017 with HBO's acclaimed Big Little Lies (she starred and produced), for which she and fellow producer Nicole Kidman won an Emmy for outstanding limited series. "It showed me that audiences want to see a more accurate depiction of the female experience," says Witherspoon, who launched her women-focused media brand Hello Sunshine in November 2016. She continues to buy book properties (including deals for A White Lie, with Zendaya attached, and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, in which Witherspoon would also star) and will hit the big screen in March in Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time. And in a deal that has Friends fans fawning, she recently sold a new series to Apple in which she'll star opposite Jennifer Aniston.

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Female solidarity."

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "Call them, email them, work with them, and support them on social media."

    Hollywood woman I'd switch jobs with for a day Dana Walden

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "Oprah, Mindy Kaling, Ava DuVernay and my mom."

    I wish men in Hollywood knew "What it feels like to be the only one in the room."

    Last show I binged CatastropheWestworld

    TV or film character I most identify with "The squirrel in Ice Age constantly chasing an acorn."

    How I'd spend an extra day "Sleep!"

  • Susan Wojcicki

    CEO, YouTube

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    YouTube's position as the internet's largest video platform has only gotten stronger under Wojcicki, who this year grew the streamer to 1.5 billion monthly users — even as it has continued to weather an advertiser revolt over less-than-savory content on its platform. In April, she pushed the Google-owned company into a new business with the launch of a $35-per-month skinny bundle, YouTube TV, a complement to the increasingly ambitious originals slate on YouTube Red that head of original content Susanne Daniels oversees. Those efforts have helped YouTube grow viewing to 100 million hours on TV sets each day.

    How I've helped women coming up in Hollywood "I've been actively involved in Made With Code, a Google project that seeks to inspire teen girls to see that code can help them pursue their passions."

  • Cyma Zarghami

    President, Nickelodeon Group

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    Despite losing oversight of niche networks TV Land and CMT in Viacom's restructuring, Zarghami is focused on maintaining the success of two core brands in the ultra-competitive kids space: Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. Nickelodeon remains the No. 1 network among kids and preschoolers, with hits The Thundermans and Henry Danger ranking first and second, respectively, among the 2-to-11 and 6-to-11 demos. At Nick Jr., Paw Patrol ranks first among kids ages 2 to 5.

    News escape "Instagram, so I can follow my kids' lives."

    Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal "Actual awareness."

    The three guests at my dream dinner party would be "My three sons (and if I can invite four, my husband, too)."

    Last show I binged Ray Donovan

    How I'd spend an extra day "[Doing] nothing — all day long."


    Profiles written by Rebecca Ford, Mia Galuppo, Chris Gardner, Carolyn Giardina, Lesley Goldberg, Marisa Guthrie, Natalie Jarvey, Gregg Kilday, Borys Kit, Ashley Lee, Pamela McClintock, Michael O’Connell, Abid Rahman, Lacey Rose, Bryn Elise Sandberg, Tatiana Siegel, Rebecca Sun and Ben Svetkey