As the fall movie season gets into full swing, The Guardian in England put out a list of the most powerful people in the film business. It’s clearly not the same as a list that would come out of the US, but one thing it has in common — it is pretty much dominated by the dudes.
There are no women in the top 10, and the first female on the list is Angelina Jolie at 18, while her partner Brad Pitt clocks in at 5. While I don’t want to “pit” them against each other and I do know that Brad has a busy production company, I don’t get him at 5 and her at 18.
You gotta take this list with a bit of a grain of salt since its got Keira Knightley with more power than a person like Ari Emmanuel, and no offense to Sofia Coppola but to think she has more power than Kathryn Bigelow whose name is now on the short list for every directing gig in Hollywood just makes no sense to me. Read below how the compiled the list.
Here are the ladies:
18) Angelina Jolie, Actor: Salt, Changeling, A Mighty Heart
22) Amy Pascal and Jeff Blake, Studio executives: Co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and vice-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment
29) Kate Winslet, Actor: The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Titanic
30) Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, Producers: Goldeneye, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace
33) Tessa Ross, Commissioning executive: Controller of film and drama, Channel 4
36) Christine Langan Commissioning executive: Creative director, BBC Films
38) Keira Knightley, Actor: Never Let Me Go, Atonement, Pride & Prejudice
58) Tracey Jacobs, Agent: Co-head of Talent, United Talent Agency
62) Claudia Winkelman, TV personality: Presenter of Film 2010
64) Sofia Coppola, Director: Somewhere, Lost in Translation
66) Tilda Swinton, Actor: We Need to Talk About Kevin, I Am Love, Michael Clayton
70) Clare Binns, Film Programmer: Programming-Director of City Screen
74) Kristin Scott Thomas, Actor: I’ve Loved You So Long, Leaving, Nowhere Boy, The English Patient
83) Kathryn Bigelow, Director: The Hurt Locker, Point Break
90) Nikki Finke, Web Entrepreneur: Editor in chief of Deadline.com
93) Janet Pierson, Programmer: Head of Film programming, SXSW
96) Jane Goldman, Writer: Stardust, Kick-Ass
99) Catharine des Forges, Distributor: Director of the Independent Cinema Office
Here’s some of the thinking behind how the list was created:
The first question we had to think about was what sort of “power” are we talking about? Money talks in the film industry, so did we want to list the top earners, or the biggest budgets, or largest companies? But what sort of power did that represent? We felt it was vital for our list to reflect cultural impact as well as economic; some people may be massively wealthy, bathing every day in gold-dust-infused champagne, but haven’t made a relevant film in decades.
Film Power 100: the full list (The Guardian)