Variety’s first Women’s Impact List was published in 1998 and since that debut list, we’ve highlighted 541 female trailblazers. Some of our distinguished alumni continue to impress in the past year:
Cecile Frot-Coutaz (’06): After shepherding “American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent” and other hits, the FremantleMedia North America leader was called back to the London office in April to run the parent company.
Nancy Dubuc (’10, ’08): The boss of Lifetime and History has claimed even more turf at A+E Networks with her recent promotion that has her also overseeing cabler A&E Networks and all entertainment content for the parent company.
Bonnie Hammer (’09, ’08, ’06, ’04, ’01): With E! beefing up and USA Network and Syfy diving even deeper into original programming, Hammer’s cable division is the single biggest contributor to NBCUniversal’s bottom line.
Marissa Mayer (’09): The exec who made a name for herself as a key architect of Google was recruited to rescue Yahoo, becoming one of corporate America’s most prominent CEOs while six months pregnant.
Stephanie Savage (’08): The queen of “Gossip Girl” has spread her wings with Fake Empire partner Josh Schwartz to supervise multiple TV series (“Hart of Dixie,” “The Carrie Diaries,” “Cult”) and feature films (“Fun Size”).
Sue Naegle (’08, ’07): Her keen eye for shows that capture the zeitgeist led HBO to Emmy nominations for “Girls” and “Veep” after their frosh seasons, with “Veep’s” Julia Louis-Dreyfus taking home the gold.
Nancy Tellem (’07): The CBS vet headed to Microsoft as prexy of entertainment and digital media to teach the tech-heads a thing or two about developing original content for Xbox and other platforms.
Dana Walden (’10, ’01): The hot streak at 20th Century Fox TV that started with “Glee” and “Modern Family” continues with “Homeland,” “New Girl” and “American Horror Story.” Rupert Murdoch gave Walden and fellow 20th TV chair Gary Newman a big vote of confidence by recently restructuring the Fox studio to make their TV production wing a stand-alone business unit for the first time.
Emma Watts (’10): 20th Century Fox’s prexy of production has gained more responsibility for shaping the studio’s film slate in the shakeup that edged out Tom Rothman and left Jim Gianopulos flying solo as chairman and CEO.