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What's news: Ellen Pompeo reveals all about her journey to become TV's highest paid actress on a primetime drama. Plus: Facebook and YouTube update their content strategies, Ann Curry opens up about Matt Lauer and a complete preview of the post-Weinstein Sundance Festival. — Ray Rahman
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On the cover: Ellen Pompeo, TV's $20 million woman. The Grey's Anatomy star recalls the personal struggles and advice from Shonda Rhimes that led to a milestone, Lacey Rose writes:
In late 2017, Pompeo signed a new deal that will make her dramatic television's highest-earning actress. The expansive pact covers the current Grey's season and a 15th and 16th after that. Pompeo credits her boss and mentor — who recently signed a nine-figure deal of her own at Netflix — with empowering her to overcome any doubts she may have about her own worth and to demand the best possible deal.
Actors typically hate discussing their paychecks in the press, but Pompeo, a married mother of three, has chosen to do so with THR now in the hope of setting an example for others as women in Hollywood seize a new moment of empowerment and opportunity. Full cover story.
+ New: "I'm a Paul Haggis sex assault accuser, and I'm anonymous. Here's why." One of three women detailing sexual misconduct claims against the Crash screenwriter explains the timing of speaking out, why Leah Remini is "shameful" and what it means that she isn't using her name. Full guest column.
Hollywood's pay gap…
+ Why the pay gap for women of color is wider: Persistent perceptions that there's less of an audience for stories featuring people of color — that "black projects" don't play overseas, and Asian- and other minority-led projects don't perform domestically — contribute to sustained lowballing. Read more.
+ The hard truth about Hollywood's pay gap: optics vs. reality. Rallying cries aside, it's not only misogyny that is responsible for Hollywood's salary disparity — it's greed. But talent reps are "abso-f—ing-lutely" using the new optics to female clients' advantage. Report.
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