Disney's Anne Sweeney tops Hollywood power list

Tue Dec 7, 2010 3:09pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Disney/ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney earned the top spot on The Hollywood Reporter's list of the 100 most powerful women in entertainment, for the second year in a row.

In 2009, Sweeney shared the honor, which is widely watched in media circles, with Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal.

The top place was determined, among other criteria, by three financial measures: 1. Revenue generated for companies; 2. valuation of assets; 3. number of employees overseen.

Three key factors put Sweeney solidly in first place: revenue at Disney Media Networks last year was more than $17 billion, up 6 percent, the same media properties are valued at a staggering $61 billion and she oversees 10,000 employees, far more than any other woman in the entertainment industry.

It also didn't hurt that when asked, "Who is the most powerful woman in Hollywood?" almost everyone The Hollywood Reporter contacted -- from high-level agents to producers and even rival executives -- named Sweeney.

Rounding out the top 10 are:

2. Amy Pascal, co-chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment

3. Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment

4. Oprah Winfrey, chairman of Harpo Studios   Continued...

<p>Disney's TV chief Anne Sweeney poses for Reuters in her Burbank, California office November 15, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>