This story first appeared in the Oct. 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Forget any talk of glass ceilings and token appointments. The executives on The Hollywood Reporter's Women in International TV power list are the deciders shaping an increasingly global industry. The likes of Shine chairman Elisabeth Murdoch, FremantleMedia boss Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Endemol COO Martha Brass straddle worldwide production and distribution empires.
Greenlights from RTL Group's Anke Shaeferkordt, TF1's Elisabeth Durand or BSkyB's Sophie Turner Laing determine what Europe watches, while Nigerian entrepreneur Mo Abudu is revolutionizing pay TV in Africa. A group as diverse as the U.N., the women on THR's inaugural list are united in their ambition, their savvy and their determination to make a mark on worldwide TV – and to do so on their own terms.