Women in Entertainment Power 100: The Industry Stewards

8:00 AM 12/9/2015

by THR staff

An Academy, a Guild and an Institute: four female leaders are the decision-makers over large staffs (300-person teams), big budgets ($40 million) and tough issues facing the industry ("safety in the workplace" and "anti-piracy").

The Academy Chiefs - H 2015
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  • Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Dawn Hudson

    Boone Isaacs hailed the 322 members invited to join the Academy in June as the widest-ranging group yet in terms of age, gender, race and nationality and in November unveiled A2020, a five-year effort to open the Academy's governing ranks to new voices. Hudson, who oversees a staff of 300, saw plans move forward for the Academy's Renzo Piano-designed museum. With the City Council on board and a new capital campaign goal of $388 million, a target opening date of spring 2018 was set.

    Boone Isaacs: "Publicist at Columbia Pictures on Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
    Hudson: Freelance writer. "One of my first interviews was Michael J. Fox. He was really nice."

    WHAT PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME Hudson: "I can't get you NFL tickets (that's the other Dawn Hudson)."

    Boone Isaacs: "Seeing the Hollywood sign from my neighborhood."
    Hudson: "Dying lawn."

    HOW I SAVE TIME Hudson: "I eat breakfast, put on makeup, check Waze and return calls in the car on my way to work. Don't worry, I've already dropped off my son at school."

    MY QUIRKIEST HABIT Hudson: "My purse filled with kukicha teabags (don’t judge)."

    AS A WOMAN IN THIS BUSINESS, I'M STILL SURPRISED WHEN … Boone Isaacs: "Men use the word 'girl'!"

  • Lori McCreary

    Along with leading Revelations' successful foray into TV with Madam Secretary, McCreary has been working with fellow PGA president Gary Lucchesi on some tough issues facing the industry. "We've really been concentrating on safety in the workplace for producers, and also anti-piracy," says McCreary, who has a background in computer science. "We're trying to bridge the gap between the entertainment industry and the technology industry," she adds. "I think we're going to take a big swipe at [piracy] in the next few years."

    MY FIRST JOB IN HOLLYWOOD "Computer consultant. In the early '90s, I was teaching studio execs: ‘This is the Internet, and this is what it can do for you.'"

    WHAT PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME "I have two motorcycles, a Harley and a Triumph Speed Triple."

    HOW I SAVE TIME "I read on the treadmill."


    MY QUIRKIEST HABIT "I hum, and I don't know I hum. I'm in the elevators, and people comment to me that I must be so happy."

  • Keri Putnam

    The former Miramax exec, who oversees an annual budget of $40 million, has solidified the institute's signature festival as a top destination for premiering new independent films, including Oscar nominees Boyhood and Whiplash. She's also increased Sundance's international footprint, adding film festivals in London and Hong Kong, as well as filmmaker labs in the Middle East, Turkey, India, China and Japan. Together with Women in Film, the Institute on Dec. 1 announced the Systemic Change Project, a gender parity initiative developed by 44 industry stakeholders.

    WHAT I WISH I KNEW WHEN I FIRST STARTED IN HOLLYWOOD "Sometimes the detours make the journey."

    WHAT PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME "My favorite beach is the Jersey Shore, where I grew up."

    MY FIRST JOB IN HOLLYWOOD "I had a summer job at a talent agency in New York representing Broadway actors. My first post-college job was an assistant in original programming at HBO in New York."

    SUPERPOWER I WISH I HAD "Wonder Woman's invisible jet to get places quickly and avoid airports."

    HOW I SAVE TIME "Lists keep me focused."