The Hollywood Reporter honors dynamic women in the entertainment industry on their yearly Women in Entertainment Power 100 list. In an industry where women are making notable strides against the ever-present glass ceiling, commemorating the power of women as successful members of the entertainment industry is essential. This year’s list includes four COM alumnae; Bonnie Arnold (COM ‘78), Nancy Dubuc (COM ’91), Bonnie Hammer (CGS ’69, COM ’71, SED ’75) and Shari Redstone (LAW ’78, LAW ’81), each taking on the entertainment industry with their own power.
Bonnie Arnold was recently elected co-president of feature animation for DreamWorks Animation, and now serves as president. In this year alone she helped lead DreamWorks Animation to two big successful films: Kung Fu Panda 3 and Trolls. When asked how she makes her voice heard in a meeting she says “I raise my hand and clear my throat; it does work.”
Nancy Dubuc, President and Chief Executive Officer of A&E Networks has had many successes that has garnered her position on the Power 100 list. From leading the revival of Roots to broadcasting Leah Remini’s Scientology docuseries, which debuted with 2.1 million viewers, Dubuc is pushing cable television in a new direction. When asked about the best thing about working in Hollywood she talks about how “we’re fortunate to be allowed into people’s homes every night. It’s a privilege and we’d be wise to remember that.”
Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, is at the helm of all of the changes in television. She oversees 10 networks and two studios. She takes on such a large job with what seems like ease as she leads NBC Universal into a 13th year of financial growth. In 2015, profit for NBC universal was $2.8 billion on revenue of $5.7 billion. With such an important role it’s necessary for her voice to be heard. When asked how she does this, she states “having the loudest voice in the room doesn’t always work. In fact, it usually grates to the point that you when you really need to be loud, nobody listens. I think reading a room, reading the personalities, reading body language, is kind of a lost art.”
Shari Redstone, daughter of Sumner Redstone has rebuilt relationships and cultivated a reunification between CBS and Viacom. As president of National Amusements, she has used her business acumen to work through tough legal battles and get Viacom/CBS on the right track. The Hollywood Reporter has also named her Women in Entertainment Executive of the Year.
Written by: Tatiana M.R. Johnson
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