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Top Most Influential Women in Entertainment and Media

Updated on August 15, 2016
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Here is a list of the most influential and successful women in Entertainment and Media, who have been working in this field for the last many decades and has gained substantial amount of power. Let us have a look:

Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow | Source

1. Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow is the first ever women director to win an Oscar for her movie The Hurt Locker in 2010. She was also nominated for Zero Dark Thirty in 2013. It is not only about Oscar, she is also the first and only women director to win BAFTA award as well. Besides directing movies, she is also into production as well as writing.

In 2010, she was also listed as the most influential people of the year by Time 100. She has also worked for movies such as Near Dark, Point Break and Strange Days. Before her entry into film business, she was a very talented painter and earned great appreciation for work.

According to Kathryn Bigelow, there must be more women who are directing movies as it is really possible and the only problem, that exists, is the lack of awareness that it really can be done.

The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker

Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar winning movie The Hurt Locker

Donna Langley
Donna Langley | Source

2. Donna Langley

Donna Langley is a movie executive and Chairman of one of the major film productions of Hollywood, Universal Motion Pictures. She has been recognized as Executive of the Year in 2015 and Pioneer of the Year in 2016 respectively by Hollywood Reporter and Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. In 2015, her film production also reported record-breaking hit movies that include Jurassic World, Minions and Furious 7.

According to Dana Langley, if you always move ahead in life and feel independent, you can get through anything you want. Langley is not known to many people, but she does not care about. If there is anything she wants, it is the success of her work and fellow members.

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey | Source

3. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey needs no introduction as she is already worldwide famous for her hosting the famous talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is also a media proprietor, producer, philanthropist and actress. Her success story is extremely inspiring, she started her work with low-rated show named AM Chicago that turned out to be one of the highest rated shows after her joining. She has been nominated several times for her work in different fields and also she has won Emmy Awards multiple times for her highest rated talk show.

According to Oprah Winfrey, if you are putting your best at the present moment, it will surely help you to move forward to the another best moment. It might be known to fewer people that Oprah had a phobia of public speaking in her earlier life and she has successfully overcome her fear. No doubt, there can never be any other Oprah like her.

Oprah: 40 Inspirational Life Lessons And Powerful Wisdom From Oprah Winfrey (Inspirational Motivation and Happiness)
Oprah: 40 Inspirational Life Lessons And Powerful Wisdom From Oprah Winfrey (Inspirational Motivation and Happiness)

This book is something that will fill you with motivational and inspirational spark. It is a must read.

Dana Walden
Dana Walden | Source

4. Dana Walden

Dana Walden is a renowned Chief Executive Officer of the Fox Broadcasting Company. her company has broadcasted several famous TV shows that include Empire, The Simpsons, Modern Family and many more. She is also a supporter of animal rescue organization.

Walden started her career initially becoming a PR (Public Relations) expert, and then she became the programming executive of Fox after suggesting to the senior officials the better vision of Fox. She calls Lucie Salhany as her biggest inspiration that helped her to climb at the top. Salhany was considered to be the most powerful woman television executive. She was also the first woman to lead a broadcast television network.

According to Walden, nothing is more inspirational then seeing a woman as the powerful entity of an organization and working as a boss. Walden was recognized as one of the most powerful women by Forbes in 2014.

Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour | Source

5. Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour is worldwide known as an influential and powerful editor-in-chief of the most famous magazine named Vogue since 2013. She is also a fashion icon and recognized for her iconic pageboy haircut look. She is also responsible for giving Vogue a completely new direction that targets modern women and covers wide range of interests including business and money. Meryl Streep's role in The Devil Wears Prada as Miranda Priestly was inspired by Anna Wintour's real life.

She has also been spotted in politics during a fundraising event for President Barack Obama. She is also known for encouraging young designers and has helped famous designers such as Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen to boost their career life. According to Wintour, women must bring their own style, it is not mandatory that they should look mannish to work in the corporate world.

Front Row: Anna Wintour: What Lies Beneath the Chic Exterior of Vogue's Editor in Chief
Front Row: Anna Wintour: What Lies Beneath the Chic Exterior of Vogue's Editor in Chief

Learn more about the most powerful force of fashion industry, Anna Wintour

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres | Source

6. Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is a famous American comedian, actress, producer and writer. She is also known for hosting the television show The Ellen DeGeneres show since 2003. Wearing blue sneakers, pants and blue eyes are her trademarks. She has been voted as the funniest person in America in 1989 and received award for best female comedy stand up in 1991 as well as she has noted as the Entertainment of the Year by Entertainment Weekly in 1997 and 1998.

DeGeneres is a proud gay, an Aquarian and a vegetarian. Before getting fame, she used to sell vacuum cleaners. Her kind heart and funny nature is something everyone is immensely fond of. She knows how to handle each situation hilariously no matter what it is.

According to her, people should follow their own path unless they are in woods and lost.

Bonnie Hammer
Bonnie Hammer | Source

7. Bonnie Hammer

Bonnie Hammer is a renowned TV producer, businesswoman and network executive. Currently, she serves as a Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable. She is focused on making her channels less-gender based and hates the fact that people sometimes call her cable as the women network. She is ranked 47 in the list of the most powerful women. Besides this, she is also socially active and lead several campaigns to lessen the hate and discrimination and encouraging tolerance and acceptance.

She has received several awards for work in different fields including Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award for best programming executive, and has been repeatedly recognized among 50 Most Powerful Women by Fortune. Storytelling organization named The Moth calls her a philanthropic leader who is determined to end discrimination, bullying and prejudice.

According to Bonnie Hammer, there is no bigger mistake than complacency.


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