Variety500 Entertainment Leaders and Icons
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What is Variety500?

Welcome to the second annual edition of Variety500, an index of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global $2 trillion entertainment industry.

Updated Oct. 30, 2018, the Variety500 reflects the accomplishments of its members over the previous 12 months. They were selected by the Variety editorial board, which conducted extensive research for its selections.

Spotlight

Amazon Corporation

Jeff Bezos

CEO

The tech titan is revolutionizing retail and giving Hollywood a serious run for its money while never forgoing philanthropy.

Universal Pictures

Donna Langley

Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group

The studio chief with the magic touch has played a key role in crafting some of the studio’s biggest franchises.

OVO Sound

Drake

Artist / Founder

The Canadian rapper has turned his crossover appeal into a growing empire through viral hits and lucrative endorsement deals.

Walt Disney Television

Peter Rice

Chairman

This forward-thinking leader is enjoying a second act as a TV executive as successful as his years in the film biz.

Little Red Hen Productions, Inc.

Dee Rees

Film Director

The “Mudbound” director has won major acclaim simply by turning out bold, smart work.

Gorstine, Inc.

Greta Gerwig

Film Director

Don’t call her a muse: The indie actor is now also a fast-rising writer-director with Oscar noms under her belt.

Topple Productions

Jill Soloway

Writer / Director / Producer

By exploring transgender issues through groundbreaking storytelling on Amazon’s “Transparent,” the showrunner put themself on the map.

Walt Disney Company, The

Uday Shankar

President, Asia-Pacific

His Star India has a dominant position in Indian sports and has become the top OTT platform in the country. 

Jeff Bezos
Donna Langley
Drake
Peter Rice
Dee Rees
Greta Gerwig
Jill Soloway
Uday Shankar