Kathryn Bigelow (2009): Since being profiled in last year’s Women’s Impact Report, Bigelow made history as the first woman to ever win a feature film directing Oscar for “The Hurt Locker.” In the lead-up to the Oscars, she also took top directing kudos from the DGA, BAFTA, Broadcast Film Critics, National Society of Film Critics, LAFCA, New York Film Critics Circle and numerous other critics groups. She’s now in active development on “Sleeping Dogs,” an action-adventure saga set in the crime-infested border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.
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Sofia Coppola (1999, 2003): The daughter of showbiz royalty experienced a triumph at the 67th Venice Film Festival, claiming the event’s top prize, the Golden Lion, in the face of some pretty stiff competition, for “Somewhere.” The film, about a dissolute actor who experiences a renewed sense of purpose when his daughter comes to live with him, is the fourth feature from the 39-year-old filmmaker, who won an Oscar for her screenplay of “Lost in Translation” (2003), which also made Coppola the first female American to be nominated as a feature director by the Academy.
Ann Daly & Anne Globe (2009): This summer, DreamWorks Animation released the fourth and final chapter in its “Shrek” series, which has generated nearly $3 billion worldwide. But the irreverent green ogre lives on, with stage tuner “Shrek: The Musical” kicking off its national tour in Chicago and spinoff “Puss in Boots” in the works. COO Daly and worldwide marketing head Globe helped make “How to Train Your Dragon” DWA’s top non-“Shrek” earner, with a third 2010 feature, “Megamind,” set for November release.
Tina Fey (2000, 2007, 2009):The multi-hyphenate proved her comedic assets extend far beyond Rockefeller Center. Besides producing, writing and starring in three-time Emmy champ “30 Rock” and hosting “Saturday Night Live” in April for NBC, Fey delivered a box office hit for 20th Century Fox with “Date Night.” Pic, co-starring fellow Thursday night Peacock star Steve Carell, topped $150 million in worldwide grosses and established her as a threat on both the big and small screen.
Angelina Jolie (2000, 2005, 2007): The most written-about actress in the tabloids as half of Brangelina was Oscar-nominated last year for her lead role in “Changeling” (2009) while proving her potency as the top female draw in action movies, with July release “Salt” having raked in more than $273 million worldwide, and “Wanted,” its summer-season predecessor from 2008, tapping nearly $350 million in worldwide grosses. Next up, one of the most-anticipated films of 2010, “The Tourist,” opposite Johnny Depp.
Marissa Mayer (2009): Google’s vice president of Search Product and User Experience has overseen the launch of several new products for the company — but none as big as instant real-time search, a newer, faster way to get results that could shake up the search-engine market. And, as if that weren’t enough, she also scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro at the beginning of September. Up next is Google Me — a social network that could be a substantial competitor to Facebook. That’s expected to launch as soon as this fall.
Alexandra Patsavas (2006, 2008): Long the top music supervisor in TV, placing songs in such shows as “Mad Men” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” Patsavas has become an increasingly powerful presence on the bigscreen, too. Her indie-rock song choices for the “Twilight” movies have become big sellers on the soundtrack side, with “Twilight” and “New Moon” going platinum for her Chop Shop Records label. They, along with this year’s third installment, “Eclipse,” were all on the Top 10 soundtrack chart this summer. She also was music supervisor on this year’s romantic drama “Remember Me.”
Bonnie Hammer (2001, 2004, 2008, 2009): Hammer might’ve thought USA Network’s good fortune might come to end following 2009 success stories “Royal Pains” and “White Collar,” but newest skein “Covert Affairs” proved that the cabler — for which she is chief — is still hitting home runs. On Syfy, Hammer oversees a well-balanced mix of reality and scripted fare. “Warehouse 13” and “Eureka” continue to perform well, and four-hour “Peter Pan” prequel “Neverland” is now prepping for a 2011 launch.
Nina Tassler (2000, 2005, 2009): Tassler has kept CBS’ program larder stocked with fresh hits, notably “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Undercover Boss” and this fall’s hot-shot “Hawaii Five-0.” She also achieved an important goal for the Eye with “The Good Wife,” which broke the procedural convention for the network’s dramas with a character-driven series that nabbed an Emmy nom for best drama series and Julianna Margulies’ title role and a supporting drama actress win for Archie Panjabi. With Leslie Moonves focused on piloting the CBS Corp. mothership, Tassler is increasingly becoming the face of the Eye for the industry.
Oprah Winfrey (2005, 2008): The talkshow queen and Fortune 500 perennial is spending much of her time preparing for the launch of the Oprah Winfrey Network, which is set to debut Jan. 1 as part of the Discovery family. Winfrey’s lifestyle and health channel will offer programming that includes “Oprah’s Next Chapter” — an hourlong weekly series described as featuring the host conducting interviews with notable people in exotic locales — and a six-part doc on the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson.