Overall, this year has seen many women earn big promotions within Hollywood's executive suites, something that this year's issue reflects, beginning with the No. 1 slot on the list. Anne Sweeney added co-chairman of media networks, the Walt Disney Company, to her president, Disney-ABC Television Group title earlier this year, consolidating a power base that includes Disney's broadcast network and domestic and international cable holdings.
The top 10 of The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100, the longest-running and most widely-recognized ranking of female executive power in Hollywood, is rounded out by: Amy Pascal, Vice Chairman and Motion Picture Group Chairman for Sony Pictures Entertainment (No. 2); Nancy Tellem, President of CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group (No. 3); Judy McGrath, Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks (No. 4); Stacey Snider, Chairman of Universal Pictures (No. 5); Gail Berman, President of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Co. (No. 6); Sherry Lansing, Chairman of Paramount Motion Picture Group (No. 7); Oprah Winfrey, Chairman of Harpo Inc. and Harpo Productions (No. 8); Nina Jacobson, President of Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group (No. 9); and Dana Walden, President of 20th Century Fox Television (No. 10).
In addition to The Hollywood Reporter's annual ranking of the highest-earning actresses in town (topping the list is Julia Roberts, who brings home a $20 million paycheck), the issue spotlights what the next generation of actresses is earning. Kirsten Dunst tops the breakout performers list at $8 million.
The purpose of the Power 100 list is to highlight the achievements of female executives. A committee of Hollywood Reporter editors determined the names and ranking of the Power 100 after thorough field research and an evaluation of hundreds of submissions. Based upon numerous criteria, the ranking took into consideration their position in the company, how much money they control and how successful their products are in the marketplace.
The committee also considers what each woman has attained during the past year and how close she is to having the power to greenlight projects and how much money she controls. Rankings are based on each woman's executive position at press time. While a proven track record is a consideration, no woman on the Power 100 list is allowed to coast on past accomplishments.
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