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BRIE LARSON

Actor

It's been a stellar year for Larson, who won an Oscar for her lead turn in "Room," was cast as Marvel's biggest female superhero Carol Danvers In "Captain Marvel," and signed on to direct her first feature film, "Unicorn Store," in which she will also star. "A lot of this last year has felt like a blurry dream," says Larson. "I still haven't fully processed what happened." When it comes to her debut directorial effort, Larson mines her experience for inspiration. "I'm grateful to have gone through the maddening and glorious journey of the creative process before," she says of helming the comedy. "Every performance I feel proud of came from spending lots of time riding different waves in my mind. Feeling inspired, feeling terrified, feeling sure."

JANICE LEE

Managing director, PCCW Media Group

PCCW Media Group is one of the largest media corporations in Asia. In addition to Its pay-TV, broadband internet, and phone services, the group expanded into OTT video service across Asia through Viu, which now has over 10 million subscribers in 17 countries, and the launch of free TV service VluTV In Hong Kong over the past year. As a leader for the development of Viu, Lee says how audiences consume content has changed tremendously with proliferation of connected devices and increasing mobile and fixed broadband across markets in Asia. "However, compelling stories remain the key to success, whether they are scripted series or unscripted reality programs," she says. "Local relevancy is very important and is central to our proposition of Viu."

SHARI LEVINE

Executive VP, current production, Bravo Media

As the woman behind Bravo's impressive spate of original, genre-defining reality series--not just the "Real Housewives" franchise, but "Top Chef," "Below Deck," and more--Levine can't reveal much about several series Bravo has in development, but she's excited for them to air. About her job, Levine says, "Nothing ever goes the way we think it might, which created all kinds of storytelling issues. My job is to make sure they all get solved. Each day Is different. Each set of problems is a bit different. At the end of the day, I got to look at shows that make me smile. It's the best!"

LAURA LEWIS

Agent, Film Finance & Sales Group, CAA

Long an advocate for female filmmakers, Lewis is able to put her beliefs into action as she specializes in the packaging, financing, and sales of independently financed feature films. She's also on the teams of Ava DuVernay, Amy Berg, Emma Thompson, and Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit. In the past year, Lewis was central to the sales of Rebecca Miller's "Maggie's Plan" and Catherine Hardwicke's "Miss You Already." Lewis helped in the sale of Lynne Ramsay's "You Were Never Really Here," and Jeff Nichols' "Loving" to Focus Features. She also helped put together the financing for "Jackie," and serves on the board of Women in Film. "We are proud of our actresses that develop material and don't wait to have material given to them," says Lewis, who adds on gender equality, "What this conversation is doing is forcing people to pay attention and to agents and managers and fix it and keep an eye out for female filmmakers."

JENNIFER LOPEZ

Executive Producer, "Shades of Blue," "The Fosters," "World of Dance"

As a producer, performer, and fashion designer, 2016 has been unusually busy for Lopez, who always puts her children first. "Looking back at last year my head spins with the amount I had on my plate," she says. Meticulous scheduling helped her juggle family life with the final season of "American Idol," a Las Vegas residency, producing multiple TV shows, and starring in "Shades of Blue," renewed by NBC for season two, developing projects for her Nuyorican production company, and her designing duties. She just announced a legal drama she's developing for CBS. "I believe anything is possible, and if you have the dream, and the talent, and the will to work --really work--the possibilities are limitless."

SUZANNA MAKKOS

Exec VP, comedy development and programming, Fox

Fox took the biggest comedy swings this season across the broadcast networks from the hybrid animated/live-action "Son of Zorn" and the upcoming time-travel series "Making History." The network's head of comedy first heard the pitch for the former in fall 2013, saying, "This has been the longest, and most worthwhile, development process of my career." Giving a nod to the "fulfilling" John Stamos and Rob Lowe vehicles "Grandfathered" and "The Grinder," Makkos says, "straightforward shows don't tend to resonate with Fox viewers the way we would hope. Our audience is looking for a hook or twist into shows that seems a little off kilter. These daring swings make development a lot more fun, but also carry a much higher degree of difficulty."

NAKETHA MATTOCKS

VP, original movies, Disney Channel

Mattocks, who oversees creative development for the hugely successful Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, had lots to celebrate over the past year or so, with "Adventures in Babysitting" taking the crown as the No. 1 cable TV telecast of 2016 to-date among kids and tweens, and the No. 1 cable TV movie of 2016 to-date in total viewers. She also oversaw creative development of the channel's 2015 home run "Descendants" and is now shepherding its sequel. "I'm really proud to be a driving force in telling stories that entertain and empower young people all over the world," she says.

STEPHANIE McMAHON

Chief brand officer, WWE

As a member of the first family of wrestling --her parents are WWE chairman Vince McMahon and CEO Linda McMahon--one would expect showmanship to be in McMahon's blood. She definitely made an impact in ring when she was on-camera, but it was her business savvy that made her a true superstar for WWE. Following her stint as a wrestler, McMahon went on to head WWE's creative writing team. Now as the WWE's first-ever chief brand officer, McMahon is a key figure for the organization, a global brand ambassador and spokesperson who builds partnerships and growth opportunities for the group. "[I became] responsible for generating awareness and positive brand perception for WWE," she says. "In this role I have the ability to contribute in a bigger way than I ever have before; educating consumers and the marketplace on the true value of fulfilling our mission of putting smiles on people's faces." McMahon, along with husband Triple H, helped create Connor's Cure, a campaign designed to fund pediatric cancer research.

JULIE McNAMARA

Executive VP, original content, CBS All Access

Instead of developing shows for CBS Television Studios as she's done for the past decade, McNamara's new mission is developing streaming content for CBS All Access, including two highly anticipated projects, "Star Trek: Discovery" and a spinoff of "The Good Wife," which she's confident will deliver on their promises. "All Access is a dream job. I feel like I'm working at an exciting new start-up but with the resources of a big, successful corporation behind us. I'm getting to help define a new brand," McNamara says. "Plus after 20 years in the business, I no longer have to worry about Broadcast Standards and Practices!"

LINDA MICHAELSON

Partner, Sheppard Mullin

As a partner in both the Transactional Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group, and the Corporate Practice Group, Michaelson has her thumb on the pulse of showbiz's biggest dealmakers. She represented Tang Media Partners, active in the development, financing, production, and distribution of entertainment content focused on the intersection between China and Hollywood, in its acquisition of a majority ownership in IM Global, the International sales and production finance business headed by Stuart Ford. That deal closed in June. She also represented Lionsgate Entertainment in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Pilgrim Studios last November, and reps networks, studios, indies, and other entertainment entities.

AUDREY MORRISSEY

EP/showrunner; Owner, Live Animals

Morrissey credits teamwork and trust with helping her make "The Voice," which just won another Emmy for reality competition series, run smoothly and stay fresh and exciting for viewers, but it's her steady hand that guides the colossal ship. She also heads her own production company, Live Animals, which recently sold a songwriting show "Songland"--created in partnership with "The Voice" judge Adam Levine and Dave Stewart--to NBC. "It's a big deal to me to have my own production company," Morrissey says. "It means that I have the opportunity to try to refocus some of the success and momentum of 'The Voice' into new projects that I really believe in."

MICHELE MULROONEY

Partner, Venable

Mulrooney is tops in her field because she is extremely discreet. The veteran tax and wealth-planning lawyer represents the most recognizable names in entertainment and sports. In the past year, she's worked on cases involving wealth and estate planning, child-custody issues, same-sex couple estate planning, and served as general counsel to showbiz heavyweights. "I care about all of them like family," she says. Besides her work with Hollywood elite, she is being honored by the California Community Foundation with their Partners of Distinction Award, recognizing her contribution to the foundation.

TONIA O'CONNOR

Chief Commercial Officer and President of Content Distribution, Univision Communications

O'Connor --who now holds dual roles at UCI --is excited by the success of Univision Now, the streaming service her team launched late last year, but never stops looking for smart, creative ways to draw more users to UCI's digital portfolio. "I've worked with many great leaders who have provided extremely valuable nuggets of wisdom which allowed me to develop my own voice and point of view," she says. "But I'm most fortunate because today I work for a CEO who lets me put all those learnings to practice, always encouraging my dreams, celebrating my boldness, and reminding me that he hasn't given me anything I didn't earn on my own."

ELAINE PAUL

Chief Financial Officer, Hulu

Working closely with CEO Mike Hopkins, and a team of over 100, Paul has played an instrumental role in efficiently driving growth over the past year thanks to strategic decisions including a no-commercials service, the addition of exclusive streaming rights to network content including "The Strain" and "Seinfeld," plus originals such as "Casual" and "Difficult People," and Showtime content. It's launching a digital MVPD where Hulu will offer traditional broadcast and pay TV channels live and on demand. "There is a dynamic, major shift in the media ecosystem, and Hulu is on the right side of that," says Paul.

THERESA PETERS

Talent partner, UTA

Client Alicia Vikander won an Oscar this year, and launched Vikarious Prods., which just wrapped its first feature, "Euphoria," which also stars Vikander. "I find that when actors want to be a producers, the community is like, 'yeah, yeah, yeah.' With Alicia, she's about creating stories," says Peters. Her client Kirsten Dunst nabbed an Emmy nod for "Fargo." Her list includes James McAvoy, Jamie Doman, Nick Robinson, Ewan McGregor, Sam Heughan, Shailene Woodley, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. "I love my clients and have learned over the years, I have to believe in them as an artists."

BLAIR RICH

President, worldwide marketing, Warner Bros.

Rich is a 19-year vet of the studio, named to oversee all the studio's marketing campaigns in June. And it's some schedule: Upcoming are "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the J.K. Rowling-penned fantasy, and awards-season hopeful "Collateral Beauty," with Will Smith and Helen Mirren. Rich is particularly pleased with the creative advertising efforts behind the invigorated New Line Cinema label and the mega grosses for its films with relatively low production budgets. Such features as "Central Intelligence" and "Lights Out" give "us the opportunity to experiment and to drive business in new and different ways," she says. Innovative campaigns allow the studio to maximize the digital space while providing greater efficiency, something marketers always strive for, notes Rich. Among her influences, she credits her father, Lorimar Prods, co-founder Lee Rich, with teaching her "how to think about advertising, in a way that was aggressive, to innovate and break the mold."

MARGOT ROBBIE

Actor, producer

Robbie caused a stir in "The Wolf of Wall Street." But it was her turn as Harley Quinn in "Suicide Squad" that made her a household name. From the moment the trailer hit, Robbie's take was embraced by fans: from her thick high-pitched New York accent to her adorably murderous disposition, Robbie played Quinn to crazy, pig-tailed perfection. "She's incredibly flawed and almost unredeemable In some scenarios but when you read her, see her, you get this feeling like you know her. Her character has so much depth; confident but vulnerable, intelligent but silly, villainous but open-hearted," says Robbie. "We recognize her inner battle, we see it in the small parts of ourselves and our friends." Robbie is also carving a space for herself behind the camera with her new production company LuckyChap, which just signed a first-look deal with Warner Bros. "I was starting to feel a bit like a pawn being pushed around a chess board and I wanted to have a more active role in finding the characters I would play and the movies getting made."
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