Maria Bartiromo — Global markets editor, Fox Business Network
A jump from a 20-year run at CNBC to FBN was just the refresher Bartiromo says she needed. Now she anchors “Opening Bell” on weekday mornings and “Sunday Morning Futures” on, well, Sundays. “I feel refreshed to be reaching a broader, deeper audience that’s not just stock market people and business people. We’re really building something here and that’s exciting, to try different things and see what works and what doesn’t work.”
Francis Berwick — President, Bravo & Oxygen Media
While Berwick is known for Bravo’s genre-defining reality shows, including the “Real Housewives” franchise, in the past year she’s been revitalizing Oxygen. “Taking on responsibility for Oxygen, with a deep dive into the mindset of our 18-34 female viewers, has been really exciting, as is the repositioning and rebrand we’re now working on for the network.” As for Bravo, she says, increased development and diversification of the scripted arena “will keep driving our momentum up the top 10 cable ranking.”
Beverly Bond — Founder and executive director, Black Girls Rock!
As a writer, producer and businesswoman, Bond inspires and motivates others through projects like Black Girls Rock! and doc “Imagine a Future,” which debuted at the Tribeca Festival. “I’m extremely excited about my most recent project, ‘Rock! Like a Girl,’ which will highlight and celebrate women in the creative and performing arts. I love being in the trenches,” Bond says. She recently signed a five-year development deal with BET Networks.
Mindy Borman and Amy Chiaro — Executive producers, “The Dr. Oz Show”
For five seasons as executive producers of “The Dr. Oz Show,” Borman and Chiaro have made it a mission to help viewers lead healthier lifestyles. “I’m proud of the FDA regulation change on arsenic in apple juice,” Borman says, “ ‘The Dr. Oz Show’ championed this cause for three years.” Chiaro hopes they’ll inspire new producers by example: “We’ve worked hard to create an environment at ‘The Dr. Oz Show’ that allows creative ideas to grow and reaching the audience to be everyone’s first priority.”
The three have leading roles as department heads at HBO, which had a record 2013 with the largest subscriber growth in 17 years, now up to 43 million domestic subscribers and 84 million more internationally. Nevins’ doc unit has become the go-to place for filmmakers all over the world, while Brindle has reinvigorated the sales force, with HBO Go and Max Go significantly enhancing subscriptions. Levine and her teams successfully launched several series for the network.
Jennifer Caserta — President & g.m., IFC
IFC’s cutting-edge original comedies — already part of the pop culture zeitgeist — have lifted viewership to record highs. “We’ve built a brand and a network by really knowing our viewers and what they’re looking for, and we deliver on that promise every day,” Caserta says. “I’ve built my career around reinventing and rejuvenating brands and taking them to market in innovative ways. We’ve been able to do that successfully at IFC, and our ‘Always on, slightly off’ positioning has become a personal mantra for the audiences we serve.”
Alison Cohen — Executive vice president, legal and business affairs, FilmNation Entertainment
In a rather short time span, full-service indie production-sales-distribution-financing company FilmNation has established itself as a heavy-hitting independent player, with a slate that includes upcoming films from J.C. Chandor and Denis Villeneuve, as well as Jennifer Lawrence starrer “The Rules of Inheritance.” Joining the company in 2009, six months after it launched, Cohen has been involved with that growth every step of the way. “We’ve worked really hard to establish ourselves as a home for auteur directors,” Cohen says.
Misty Copeland — American Ballet Theater (soloist)
Being the ABT’s first African-American soloist in two decades was one major accomplishment, but Copeland wasn’t done: She’s also a spokeswoman for leadership organization Project Plie and now memoirist with “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.” She calls the past year a “whirlwind of growth and opportunity. To speak face to face with the people who push and motivate me to continue on my path and see that they are just as moved by me, is a real blessing.”
Lisa E. Davis — Partner, Entertainment Group, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein+Selz
Davis’ clients include celebrities and businesses in film, television, publishing, music, theater and sports; she also reps authors including Terry McMillan and Valerie Plame Wilson. “I became an entertainment lawyer because of my passion for media and entertainment. My clients choose me because they know I have a profound appreciation for their talent, and that I will always push the boundaries in negotiations to maximize their creative freedom and financial reward.”
Marie Donoghue — Senior VP, Global Strategy, Business Development & Business Affairs, ESPN
Donoghue says taking on a more creative role by uniting ESPN Films, Grantland and FiveThirtyEight into Exit 31 has been professionally invigorating, in part because Exit 31 spans sports, pop culture and other content areas. “Combining these teams into a collaborative studio environment has enabled me to work with some of the most talented and creative people I’ve ever met,” she says. “Working together to build something new has been and continues to be personally very rewarding.”
Ann Druyan — Author, producer
She is an acclaimed author, producer and the executive producer and writer of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” the 13-part series airing on Fox and National Geographic. The widow of astrophysicist Carl Sagan, she co-wrote the original “Cosmos” series, which he hosted, and collaborated on many books with him. Druyan also served as creative director of NASA’s legendary Voyager Interstellar Message Project. “The main challenge of this seven-year ‘Cosmos’ project was doing something worthy of the original series and the legacy of what we did together.”
Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke and Allison Williams — The women of “Girls,” created by Dunham
The third-season bow of HBO’s “Girls” hit a series high with 1.1 million viewers, but the zeitgeisty show’s viewers are the right viewers: the vanguards of pop culture. Says Williams (who plays Marnie): “The ultimate gift has always been whenever the writers entrust me with something particularly mortifying or challenging.”
Sarah Fargo — Talent agent, Paradigm
With so many options for talent now, Fargo’s sense of what projects will work for her clients — including Adrien Brody, Amy Sedaris, Bob Balaban, Domhnall Gleeson, Eddie Marsan, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Eloise Mumford — is remarkable. “With the lines between TV and film now blurred, I seek the projects with the best writing and directing for clients regardless of the medium; casting has gotten more diverse and multi-ethnic; competition is fiercer,” says Fargo.
Tina Fey — Comedian-writer-actor
The creator of the shuttered “30 Rock” has not rested on her laurels. She’s got deals for two new series (“Tooken” for NBC) and an as-yet-unnamed Fox pilot, and she helped earn the Golden Globes its highest ratings in 10 years by co-hosting the show with Amy Poehler. She co-starred in 2014’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” and will star in the upcoming feature “This Is Where I Leave You.”
Pat Fili-Krushel — Chairman, NBCUniversal News Group
As chairman of NBCUniversal News Group — which generates over $2 billion revenue per year — Fili-Krushel is the nation’s highest-ranking woman in the news business. Unifying the company’s news assets was a bold move; fostering innovation remains another. “We’re constantly looking for new ways to deepen our engagement with news consumers,” she says. “That means … investing in new digital native video partnerships, and seeking out technologies to help us deliver quality journalism in new and compelling ways across all platforms.”
Sutton Foster — Actor
It’s not surprising Foster cites “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Anything Goes” as two of her most significant productions — both won her Tony Awards. But “Millie” was a big turning point, “as everyone really took a chance on a complete unknown. It’s safe to say I would not be here today without that show.” Foster is back on stage playing the title character in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of “Violet.” And her pilot with Darren Star, “Younger” was picked up by TV Land. It will be a welcome return to TV for the beloved “Bunheads” star.
Kristin Frank — Executive VP, Connected Content Group, Viacom Music and Logo Group
Innovation is key given the desire of Frank’s core audience to discuss and share content at all times. “We’ve been hyper-focused on creating content that travels, along with a myriad of new products from apps to responsive Web that truly allow fans to experience, interact and share our content,” Frank says. She adds that her job involves looking to the future. “Equally as important is to recognize the need to transform the organizational culture before it knows it needs to pivot.”
Nancy Gates — Co-head, Television Talent Dept., UTA
The acting game is full of challenges, but Gates is deft at creating opportunities for her clients. Whether it’s guiding Elizabeth Hurley into a starring role in “The Royals” for E!, or transitioning Liv Tyler into TV on “Leftovers,” Gates is poised to collaborate with the UTA team, and her clients. “It’s really being aware of opportunities for your clients, and creating an awareness of what’s available,” she says.
Bonnie Hammer — Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group
Running NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment allows Hammer the freedom to focus on what needs to be done, which has renewed her enthusiasm for the business. “My top priority has been to rethink and restructure our business not just for the present, but for the future,” she says. “It’s all about creating, marketing and delivering compelling content across multiple platforms — not simply for linear TV — and giving audiences what they want, whenever and wherever they want it.”
Kimberley D. Harris — Executive VP, general counsel NBCUniversal
Harris joined NBCU in 2013 and reports directly to Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal. But before that, the Yale law school graduate worked in private practice and the government, eventually taking a post in the White House Counsel’s Office, as deputy counsel and deputy assistant to the president. A big fan of pop culture finds working with NBCU surprisingly similar to the White House, and just as intellectually challenging as the media business rapidly changes. “They are both high-profile organizations. … You go in knowing that the decisions you make will end up on the front page of the paper.”
Caroline Hirsch — Owner, Caroline’s on Broadway
Founder and owner of comedy club Carolines on Broadway, Hirsch helped jump-start the careers of Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Sandra Bernhard, Billy Crystal and Chris Rock. She also launched the New York Comedy Festival, and created Stand-Up for Heroes, a benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation for traumatic brain injuries. “My work is demanding but equally rewarding,” she says. “2013 was quite a year, marking Caroline’s 30th anniversary and NYCF’s 10th.” For Mike Berkowitz, head of APA’s comedy department in New York, “her club is a New York institution. It’s a small group that runs it, and they all love and care about comedy and artists.”
Lisa Hsia — Executive vice president, digital, Bravo and Oxygen Media
As executive VP of digital for Bravo and Oxygen Media, Hsia has long been at the vanguard of merging TV programming with social-media interactivity. Bravo just recently unveiled a number of forward-thinking initiatives, including Mobile Pass, which targets fans with geographically specific content. “The fans are usually ahead of us in what they’re doing in social media,” she says, “so for our part, it’s often a case of identifying what they’re already doing and catching up.”
Abbi Jacobson and Glazer Illana — Creators-stars, “Broad City”
Beneficiaries of the new way to develop comedy shows, Jacobson and Glazer have blazed fresh turf with “Broad,” which jumped from UCB sketch act to the Web, and then to Comedy Central (with Amy Poehler on board as exec producer) in 2014. Jacobson called the past year an “eye-opening, life-changing time that’s made me really confident in the power of going after something wholeheartedly” while Glazer says her “brain has been stretched and exercised in a way I can only explain as feeling hashtag-blessed (#blessed).”
Brooke Johnson — President, Food Network & Cooking Channel
Under Johnson, the Food Network has hit ratings gold thanks to “The Pioneer Woman,” “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.” She broadened the brands’ reach for owner Scripps with a keen focus on programming, digital initiatives and new business development. Her advice for success? “Hire people who are smarter than you and establish an environment where direct communication and risk-taking are rewarded.”
Marjorie Kaplan — Group president, TLC and Animal Planet
Animal Plant just wrapped its best year yet. “(We finished) 2013 as the No. 16 network for men, multiple shows reaching millions of viewers and continuing to be a champion for the creatures with whom we share the planet,” Kaplan says. “This month, the impact of our brand-definitional series, ‘Whale Wars,’ was felt in the International Court of Justice’s decisions to outlaw whaling in the Southern Ocean.”
Megyn Kelly — Anchor, “The Kelly File” on Fox News Channel
The former litigator has turned her courtroom skills on the newsroom, and emerged with a new show that clocks 2.5 million viewers in the primetime hour. She also had her third child, Thatcher. “It’s been a hell of a year,” she says. “I’m tired a lot and miss having weeknights with my husband, but I love having my days with my family. All in all, I’m happy. And grateful.”
Debra Lee — Chair-CEO, BET Networks
With breakout shows like “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and “Being Mary Jane,” BET’s original slate is stronger than ever. “As a testament to our quality programming, we received 19 NAACP Image Award nominations, more than any other network,” Lee says. The first-ever BET Experience — a three-day festival of concerts, seminars and celebrity appearances — drew 100,000 attendees and led into the “BET Awards,” which saw a four-year high with 7.8 million viewers.
Laura Lee — Director of East Coast partnerships, YouTube
A YouTube staffer since 2007, she’s helped bring traditional media companies to the video platform in droves, forging partnerships with Lionsgate, Vice, Sony Pictures, NBCU and Discovery Networks, among others. “We’re still the most democratic platform out there,” she says, “and even though we’ve been around for a while now, there’s still a lot more growth potential for us.”
Sandra Lee — Emmy Award-winning television host and editor-in-chief, Sandra Lee Magazine
As host of multiple cooking shows and author of 25 cookbooks, Lee’s a busy woman. Add in her own magazine, a debut novel and acting as spokesperson for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and it’s clear she knows her audience well. “I’m proud to be a part of a collective of women who are multitasking leaders in every area,” Lee says. “The properties are flourishing not only because business is good, but also because our efforts add value to a greater cause.”
Susan Lyne — CEO, AOL Brand Group
The online giant has made a number of interesting moves in the past year, and a number of them can be traced back to Brand Group topper Susan Lyne. Joining AOL in early 2013, Lyne recently acquired personalization startup Gravity, and thanks to content sources like Engadget and TechCrunch, the AOL Brand Group has helped buoy third-party ad revenue by 32% over the past year.
Rachel Maddow — Host, “The Rachel Maddow Show,” MSNBC
Maddow continues to front a successful news program (her 9 p.m. show has topped CNN’s programming for four consecutive years), and last year she began a six-month run writing columns for the Washington Post. “For people outside the news business, ‘may you live in interesting times’ is an ancient Chinese curse,” she says. “But for us, it’s a blessing! And this past year has truly been blessed.”
Audra McDonald — Actor
McDonald already has a record five Tony Awards, but she might need to make room on her mantel for another as she is currently starring as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day.” She’s come a long way from 1994’s “Carousel,” which she calls a big turning point in her career. “I was young and just out of Juilliard, and my dream since childhood had been to be in a single Broadway show,” she notes. “I didn’t care what show, or how big or small role. I just wanted to be in one show. And with ‘Carousel,’ that dream came true.”
Olivia Metzger — Television agent, CAA
Since joining CAA from NBC in 2009, Metzger has built up a formidable stable of TV news clients. She played a key role in Maria Bartiromo’s move to the Fox Business Channel, Josh Elliott’s move to NBC Sports and Sam Champion’s move to the Weather Channel. “Talent on television has to balance credibility with developing an audience relationship,” she says. “With more screens and an increasingly fragmented audience, therein lies the challenge. The audience is looking for someone to trust. Our goal is to find them first.”
A force in New York for decades, Newberg reps a who’s who of authors, including George Saunders, whose “Tenth of December” is a bestseller and has drawn many accolades. ICM Community Partners also sparks her passion — indeed, she was the driving force behind launching the philanthropic effort. “Coming from a business where people make too much money, it’s a way to give back,” she says. As for being a female leader at a big agency: “I’m so up to challenge. I worked for Bella Abzug and Robert Kennedy — I’m up to the task of dealing with these young men.”
Kate OBrian — President, Al Jazeera America
To launch Al Jazeera America, O’Brian assembled a team of respected journalists focused on in-depth reporting on global issues. “In our newsroom we talk about our mission every day and work hard to report the stories the audience is not seeing anywhere else,” she says. O’Brian looks forward to the day Al Jazeera America is recognized across the U.S. for its docs and news coverage.
Tonia OConnor — President, content distribution & corporate business development, Univision Communications
With the successful launch of Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network, Univision Deportes Network becoming the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network and partnering with Bedrocket on digital destination Flama, O’Connor’s on a roll. “I see great potential in continuing to expand the power of the Univision brand outside of the traditional definition of what is normally defined as a media company by driving new and interesting content for audiences.”
Eileen O’Neill — Group president, Discovery, Science and Velocity Channels
Adding Science and Velocity to her plate makes sense to O’Neill. “Now that I’m focused on the male demo exclusively I’m excited to develop content across three great brands, Discovery, Science and Velocity — love the dudes!” While she cites the live airing of Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk over the Grand Canyon as one of 2013’s highlights, O’Neill hasn’t forsaken female viewers. “I’m very proud of the ‘Little Couple’ series and Bill and Jen for sharing their lives with our viewers.”
Dawn Ostroff — President, Conde Nast Entertainment
Ostroff jumped ship from broadcasting to head up publishing giant Conde Nast’s new entertainment group three years ago. Creating digital content, pitching TV series and developing film projects based on the articles in the Conde Nast archives, Ostroff recently sold CNE’s first broadcast project, the Eva Longoria-produced “Real Deal,” to CBS, and hopes to increase CNE’s eight digital channels to 14 by the end of the year. “It’s important that you can see what’s coming next, and always be nimble enough to take a hard right or a hard left.”
Diane Paulus — Artistic director, American Repertory Theater
After winning a Tony Award for directing “Hair,” Paulus wanted to create a show that had women as the central characters. She is also a longtime fan of Cirque du Soleil, so she jumped at the chance to direct “Amaluna,” its new show. “I knew it was going to stretch my brain in ways that it had never been stretched before,” she says. “They also wanted the show to be an homage to women. So the combination of those two factors really made it something I couldn’t turn down.”
Rhonda Price — Partner, the Gersh Agency
Price has been building careers for 20 years, with a client list that includes Sam Rockwell, John Slattery, Richard Jenkins, Tom McCarthy, Taylor Schilling, Elizabeth Olsen and Emily Deschanel. She believes in creating long-lasting careers and choices for her clients, who have found success in film, TV, theater and, in the case of Taylor Schilling, digital. “I like the idea of building. And seeing how long we could stay on that ride.”
Abbe Raven — Chairman, A+E Networks
Overseeing an impressive slate of original series, including ratings powerhouse “Duck Dynasty,” is only part of Raven’s job. “Taking on the new role of chairman has been terrific. It’s given me the opportunity to be more strategic and see things from a broader perspective,” she says. “I have been blessed with an amazing career. This is a time when I can spend more time focusing on more strategic business issues and where our industry is headed well into the future.”
Sylvia Rhone — President, Epic Records
Though she stepped down as president of Universal Motown in 2011 to create her own startup imprint, Vested in Culture, it seemed only a matter of time before longtime label maven Rhone would be back at the helm of a major record company. So it came as little surprise to see her named president of Epic Records. “I’m looking forward to what I think will be the finest chapter in my career,” she said in March.
Robin Roberts — Anchor, “Good Morning America”
Roberts became news almost as often as she reported on it in the past year, first returning from a show hiatus during which she received cancer treatment, then, while acknowledging everyone who had helped her, outing herself as a lesbian. She continues as half of the “GMA” team of lead anchors (with George Stephanopoulos) that pushed the breakfastcast into the No. 1 spot. Roberts was also the recipient of ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2013 ESPY Awards.
Jane Rosenthal — Chief executive, Tribeca Enterprises; co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival
The anagram “TriBeCa” probably looked like gibberish to anyone not residing in Lower Manhattan back in 1989, when Rosenthal and Robert De Niro started Tribeca Enterprises. But thanks to their efforts in production, distribution and, most notably, film festivals, the district is now all but synonymous with cinema. The flagship Tribeca Film Festival is in its 13th year, screening 89 films, and a new deal with the Madison Square Garden Co. — which valued the company at $45 million — seems poised to increase its footprint in the years to come.
Jo Ann Ross — President, network sales, CBS Television Network
Responsible for sales spanning CBS Entertainment, Sports, Daytime, News and Late Night, Ross has been behind the network’s record-breaking upfront sales of the past eight years. “This means working hard day in and day out to keep the needs of all of our clients top of mind. It’s also important to continually deliver value with measurable results. Keeping our clients informed on all the opportunities available to them in this always evolving content/video marketplace is critical.”
Nora Ryan — Executive VP, Epix
The former founding president and CEO of Sundance Channel helped launch Epix in 2009, and as exec VP and chief of staff directs creative, communications and planning for the net. Epix has pioneered the development of “TV Everywhere.” “The high-impact people I most respect think big, deliver what they say they will, and articulate a point of view while truly hearing the perspective of others,” she says. “These are qualities I appreciate in the culture at Epix — there’s a sense of community and we all share true excitement about what we’re creating.”
Christina Spade — Exec VP-CFO, Showtime Networks
In the first year with this self-proclaimed “numbers geek” as CFO, pay cabler Showtime experienced significant growth in revenue and earnings. “It’s a great feeling to see the record results on the final general ledger reports for the year and see that we tangibly achieved the growth we set out to deliver,” Spade says. A six-fight commitment with boxer Floyd Mayweather proved very successful as well. “The Mayweather events have successfully raised Showtime’s profile even further in the boxing world and have certainly bolstered the Showtime brand.”
Susan Stroman — Director, choreographer
The five-time Tony Award winner behind such productions as “The Producers” and “The Scottsboro Boys” returns to the Great White Way with an adaptation of Woody Allen’s “Bullets of Broadway.” The director-choreographer says it was the story that drew her in. “The theme revolves around the question, ‘How much would you compromise for your art?’” Stroman notes. “For all of us in the theater, dance and art world, that question is very relevant.”
Jennifer Rudolph Walsh Suzanne Gluck Tina Bennett Samantha Kirby Yoh — WME
This team of women in WME’s New York office reps some of the hottest authors and music talent. Walsh is a member of WME’s board and heads WME’s worldwide literary department. Among her clients is Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (“Lean In”) and Alice Munro (2013 Nobel Prize for Literature). Partner Gluck has guided the literary careers of Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis and Judy Blume, among others. Partner Bennett has seen client Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken” go from bestseller to the silver screen, while she shepherds the careers of Malcolm Gladwell and Jill Lepore, among others. Partner Kirby Yoh reps powerhouses such as Alicia Keys, and was behind Swedish House Mafia’s farewell tour. “We are a hard-driving, results-oriented company (which I love!) so I tend to focus on how we get there — making sure we are in alignment, staying true to our identity, listening and helping our clients and colleagues reach their own potential, while creating an environment that energizes and inspires people to bring their best selves to work and back home again,” says Walsh.
Geri Wang — President, ABC Sales
Wang lists implementing ABC Unified among her biggest accomplishments of the past year. “We made it possible for our clients to make one buy, with one CPM, one demo guarantee, across every screen,” she says. Her team has also worked to set the groundwork for creating category spending indices by matching viewing data with actual spending data. “It is a privilege to work at the intersection of culture, commerce and technology. I can’t help but be excited about that.”
Debra White — Attorney Loeb & Loeb
White reps artists such as Carly Simon and Duran Duran as well as other songwriters, producers, managers, record and publishing companies and new-media outfits. Over the past year, she negotiated multimillion-dollar publishing deals, recording contracts, touring, merchandising and sponsorship agreements, and handled deals for Casio and Citibank involving artists including Eminem, the Rolling Stones, Billy Joel and Katy Perry. “My business philosophy is simple — relationships matter. I work my tail off to get the best deals possible for my clients … and I love every minute of it.”
Wendy Williams — Host, “The Wendy Williams Show” and CEO of Wendy Williams Prods.
Bestselling author and hit talkshow host, Williams has ambitions. “Right now, the talkshow is the most important part of my career, but I’d really like to have Wendy Williams Prods. take off,” Williams says of her company that produces “Celebrities Under Cover” for Oxygen.
Lizz Winstead — Comedian-writer
A co-creator of “The Daily Show,” Winstead spent the past year championing women’s issues with LadyPartsJustice.com and joined Sarah Silverman in a telethon to raise money to support women’s reproductive rights in Texas. “(Doing the telethon) really solidified that I wanted to focus my comedic energies gathering together talented people to once and for all combat the anti-choice bullies, using humor and truth,” she says.
Rachel Winter — Producer
Winter co-produced the triple Oscar winner “Dallas Buyers Club,” made for under $5 million (it’s earned more than $31 million globally so far). Her next low-budget indie feature, also based on real characters and events, is “Stealing Cars,” with William H. Macy, John Leguizamo and Felicity Huffman. “I’m lucky to be able to work on projects I’m passionate about, because unless you’re truly connected to the material, you can’t sell it.”
Linda Yaccarino — President, advertising sales, NBCUniversal
Yaccarino has united NBCUniversal’s massive portfolio — two broadcast nets, 17 cablers and over 50 digital properties — under one umbrella, making her responsible for nearly $9 billion in ad revenue. “We’ve truly come together as one team,” she says, “and represent the most unique, large scale of assets ever assembled in the media business. We have turned ourselves into a fully client-focused company, across all screens, dedicated to help our clients drive their business forward like no other company can do.”
Cyma Zarghami — President, Nickelodeon Group
After Nick dropped to No. 3 in 2011, Zarghami and her team re-energized the net with new programming and innovative digital development. By fourth quarter 2013, they were back on top. “We developed a very creative Nick App, and the Nick Jr. App will hopefully be as innovative for the preschool audience,” Zarghami says. “Our greatest accomplishment was redefining the way we do development, and finding a creative pipeline that’s going to withstand whatever the new-media landscape throws at us.”