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This is the second year in a row that Sweeney has held the top spot — she shared the 2009 honor with Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal.
The top place was determined, among other criteria, by three financial measures: 1. Revenue generated for companies; 2. valuation of assets; 3. number of employees overseen.
And this is what put Sweeney solidly in first place:
— Revenue at Disney Media Networks last year was more than $17 billion, up 6 percent.
— Those same properties are valued at a staggering $61 billion.
— She oversees 10,000 employees, far more than any other woman in the entertainment industry.
It also didn’t hurt that when asked, “Who is the most powerful woman in Hollywood?” almost everyone THR contacted — from high-level agents to producers and even rival executives — named Sweeney.
Rounding out the top 10:
2. Amy Pascal, co-chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment
3. Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment
4. Oprah Winfrey, chairman of Harpo Studios
5. Abbe Raven, president and CEO of A&E Television Networks
6. Stacey Snider, co-chairman and CEO at Dreamworks
7. Donna Langley, co-chairman of Universal Pictures
8. Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment
9. Dana Walden, chairman of 20th Century Fox Television
10. Judy McGrath, chairman of MTV networks
Actress Angelina Jolie returned to the list at No. 26, while other personalities were honored for the first time — television’s Judge Judy took 48th place, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer moved into No. 76. And the emerging Kardashian sisters rounded out the list in the 100th spot.
In conjunction with the release of the list, The Hollywood Reporter is holding its annual Women In Entertainment breakfast for 600 showbiz leaders at the Beverly Hills Hotel (doors open at 8 a.m., event begins at 9 a.m.)
Dame Helen Mirren will receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award (presented by last year’s recipient Halle Berry). CBS newsanchor Katie Couric will deliver the keynote address.
To see the rest of the Women In Entertainment Power 100 list, click here.
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