50 Powerful Women in Entertainment

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Lena Waithe
> Occupation: Actress/producer

Lena Waithe became the first Black woman to win an Emmy Award for outstanding writing for a comedy series for the Netflix program “Master of None: Thanksgiving.” She has served as a co-chair of the Committee of Black Writers at the Writers Guild. Her production company Hillman Grad Productions supports filmmakers of color.

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Dana Walden
> Occupation: Executive

Dana Walden became chairman of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment following Disney’s acquisition of the majority of 21st Century Fox. She oversees ABC, Disney’s streaming services Hulu and Freeform, and four studios. Walden previously was chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge
> Occupation: Actress/producer

Thus far in her career, the 36-year-old Briton has raised irreverence to fine art. She has written, produced, and acted in the two series “Crashing” and “Fleabag,” winning three Emmys along the way. Waller-Bridge also wrote and produced the series “Killing Eve” for BBC America, earning an Emmy nomination.

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Oprah Winfrey
> Occupation: Producer/executive

Oprah Winfrey dominated daytime television with her long-running talk show and became the first Black female billionaire. She poured her profits into films such as “The Color Purple” and “Selma.” In 2011, Winfrey launched the cable channel OWN, in which she holds a 25.5% stake. She also operates two philanthropies: The Oprah Winfrey Foundation and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. In 2004, Winfrey became the first African-American to rank in the top 50 most generous Americans.

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Reese Witherspoon
> Occupation: Actress

Despite her Oscar win for Best Actress in 2006 in “Walk the Line” and the success of the Legally Blonde films, Witherspoon was not happy with the roles she was getting. So she started a production company, Pacific Standard, in 2012, which produced the hits “Gone Girl” and “Wild.” Four years later, she partnered with Otter Media to launch Hello Sunshine, which focuses on female-driven stories.

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