GROWING HER CATALOG OF SERIES FROM 34 TO 44 IN THE PAST YEAR, WALDEN (with fellow chairman Gary Newman) added syndication and distribution businesses to her portfolio in 2013. Her critically acclaimed slate, which includes Homeland, Modern Family, American Horror Story and the freshman hit Sleepy Hollow, stands to grow even more following an aggressive development season. "This was a company that once produced TV for just four broadcast networks," says Walden, who started at the studio in PR in 1992. "This season, we've had programming on 16 different platforms." Walden and 20th also brokered the biggest off-net deal in TV history, with The Simpsons potentially generating $1 billion in its sale to FXX. She has a pilot in the works at HBO from 20th TV golden child Ryan Murphy, summer saw the return of the cult comedy Arrested Development on platform du jour Netflix, and Fox will relaunch 24 as an event series in summer 2014. Walden says that despite being a studio and not a network, 20th TV shows have a consistent stamp of quality: "We consider ourselves a company that has a relationship with our consumers. We're not middlemen." -- MICHAEL O'CONNELL