December 7, 2010 / 8:12 PM / 8 years ago

Disney's Anne Sweeney tops Hollywood power list

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.

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

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

5. Abbe Raven, president and CEO of A&E Television Networks

6. Stacey Snider, co-chairman and CEO at Dreamworks

7. Donna Langley, co-chairman of Universal Pictures

8. Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment

9. Dana Walden, chairman of 20th Century Fox Television

10. Judy McGrath, chairman of MTV networks

Actress Angelina Jolie returned to the list at No. 26, while other personalities were honored for the first time. Television’s Judge Judy took 48th place, “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer moved into No. 76, and the emerging Kardashian sisters rounded out the list in the 100th spot.

A full list can be found at

Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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