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from hollywoodreporter.com

The Hollywood Reporter has come out with its annual Women In Hollywood Power 100, and this year it's topped by Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal, who THR anoints based on a big turnaround from a floppy 2005 to a blockbuster 2006, with 12 number-one movies and reaching the $1 billion-domestic box office mark faster than any other studio (though it's sort of funny that the movies first mentioned in the Pascal profile are "The Pink Panther" "R.V." and "The Da Vinci Code," which THR calls a "juggernaut" as opposed to "that movie that critics laughed openly at in Cannes." Of course, all is forgiven thanks to "Casino Royale"). The top five are as follows: Pascal, Disney's media networks co-chair and Disney-ABC television group president Anne Sweeney, MTV Networks Chair and CEO Judy McGrath, Paramount Pictures prez Gail Berman, and CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group president Nancy Tellem (merger fever is responsible for some ridiculously long titles). THR only profiles the top five so sadly you won't be able to learn anything about #7-spot Oprah Winfrey, alas. (There's so little information avaialable about her.) Other women dotting the list include DreamWorks SKG co-chair and CEO Stacey Snider (#6), — most are not household names — former UPN president and current CW network president Dawn Ostroff (who came out on top post-merger)(#11); United Artists CEO and Tom Cruise producing partner Paula Wagner (# 26); and from New York, Tribeca Film Fest founder/producer Jane Rosenthal (#50), MTV president Christina Norman (#43), and ICM's literary power duo Esther Newberg and Amanda "Binky" Urban (#76).

Power players were ranked on 2006 accomplishments, position up the chain of command, the power to greenlight (Sherry Lansing, o pioneer), how much cash she controls, and general influence. THR emphasizes particularly that this is a 2006-based ranking; coasting on prior accomplishments doesn't count. Which is why former Disney-ite (and, we think, recent Nora Ephron blind item) Nina Jacobson wasn't on the list, but Nikki Finke brings news of her three-year first-look gig at DreamWorks, as well as reminding us that 2006 actually wasn't such a great year for women execs.

The issue doesn't just rank 'em, it covers the women-in-power issue with a number of articles on the ascension of women in Hollywood (including the void in the director's chair); it doesn't cover the ascension of women of color (from this list I can only identify MTV's Norman).

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