The Hollywood Reporter recently announced its 16th Annual, Power 100 Women in Entertainment List:
When the Hollywood Reporter pulished its first Women in Entertainment special issue on Dec. 8, 1992, only one woman headed the motion picture division of a studio--Sherry Lansing...Fifteen years after our first report, it's almost commonplace to see women seated at the head of the table in film and television, as well as shepherding production studios, agencies and cable networks. In fact, this year's Power 100 features more women with titles of president and chairman than in any of the previous special issues we've published.
Of the 100 buiness-savvy, female power-players listed, a solid 8% were African American women, a good sign, as black women are comfortably filling executive chairs in and outside of the entertainment industry. Enough of our gushing...
Without further adu, and in no particular order, meet 8 of the Most Powerful Black Women in Entertainment:
- Vanessa Morrison, President, Fox Animation
- Lorrie Bartlett, Partner, The Gersh Agency
- Christina Norman, President, MTV
- Tracey Edmonds, President and COO, Our Stories Films
- Nina Shaw, Founding Partner, Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano
- Debra Lee, Chairman And CEO, BET
- Sylvia Rhone, President, Universal Motown Records
- Oprah Winfrey, Chairman, Harpo Inc.