Sony, Disney executives top Hollywood power list

Fri Dec 4, 2009 2:21pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Disney's Anne Sweeney both were named the most powerful women in entertainment on Friday, heading the Hollywood Reporter's annual "Power 100" list.

Chat show host Oprah Winfrey, who came first a year ago, dropped to the No. 2 spot, while CBS TV entertainment president Nancy Tellem came in third.

"It's fitting that these two remarkable women, who have dominated the top spots for several years running, now wield so much influence that we couldn't distinguish first and second," said Elizabeth Guider, editor-in-chief of entertainment industry daily, The Hollywood Reporter.

She said the shared first place "bodes well for the growing influence of women in entertainment."

Pascal's Sony Pictures Entertainment has enjoyed a record year with global ticket sales of $3.4 billion, so far, fueled by hits such as disaster film "2012", thriller "Angels and Demons" and the Michael Jackson concert movie "This Is It".

Sweeney is co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney's ABC Television Group, responsible for Disney's global entertainment and news television properties where she has overseen international hits like "Desperate Housewives" and Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" starring Miley Cyrus.

Newcomers to the list include chat show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres at No. 7 and actress Meryl Streep.

The Top 10 in the Women in Entertainment Power 100 list are:

1.Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair   Continued...

<p>Amy Pascal, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group and co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment poses as she arrives for a breakfast in Beverly Hills, California December 5, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>