The man who gave the green light to summer television's guilty pleasure, Survivor,
topped Entertainment Weekly
's annual list of the most powerful 101 people in show biz.
CBS President Leslie Moonves "outwitted, outlasted and outplayed his network rivals,"
the magazine said.
| EW's Top 25 of 101|
|1. Leslie Moonves, CBS president|
2. Julia Roberts, actor
3. Tom Cruise, actor
4. Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, partners, Dreamworks SKG
5. J.K. Rowling, author
6. Shawn Fanning and Hank Barry, founder and CEO of Napster, Inc.
7. Doug Morris, CEO of Universal Music Group
8. Bob Weinstein, co-chairman, Miramax Films
9. Bruce Willis, actor
10. Tom Hanks, actor
11. Joe Roth, founder, Revolution Studios
12. Peter Schneider, chairman, Walt Disney Studios
13. Stephen King, author
14. Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and publisher
15. Russell Crowe, actor
16. Barry M. Meyer, CEO, Warner Bros.; Alan Horn, president, Warner Bros.; Lorenzo di Bonaventura, president of worldwide production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
17. Jonathan Dolgen, chairman, Viacom Entertainment Group and Sherry Lansing, chairman, Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group.
18. Ron Meyer, president, Universal Studios and Stacey Snider, chairman, Universal Pictures
19. Dr. Dre and Eminem, musicians
20. Britney Spears, musician
21. Jeff Bewkes, chairman, HBO and Chris Albrecht, president, HBO original programming
22. Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman, Miramax Films
23. George Lucas, film director
24. Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, chairmen, Fox Filmed Entertainment
25. James Cameron, film director
Mogul Moonves topped two actors, Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise, who finished right behind him.
Fifty-one million people watched the final Survivor
in August. The show was not only enormously profitable, it was the first entertainment program in years to bring a significantly younger audience to CBS.
Producer Mark Burnett, already at work on Survivor II
in Australia, was No. 81 on EW
The magazine's top 10 includes a teen-aged newcomer: Shawn Fanning. The creator of the song-sharing service Napster "started a music revolution bigger than Elvis and the eatles combined," Entertainment Weekly
author J.K. Rowling was No. 5, praised for getting children to read.
Others in the top 10 include Dreamworks SKG partners Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, Universal Music Group CEO Doug Morris, Miramax Films chief Bob Weinstein and actors Bruce Willis and Tom Hanks.
The magazine's closely-watched list "is like a tech stock,"
said Maggie Murphy, EW
assistant managing editor. "Today, this is how it will be ... in five weeks, it might be different."
The magazine created a separate "titans list" this year to separate corporate deal-makers. On top of that list was the executive team of Steve Case and Gerald Levin, who will head AOL Time Warner if that pending merger is approved.
What does a game show craze get you? No. 28, where Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
host Regis Philbin landed on the list for the first time."What's important to remember is that he's ahead of the guys who hired him at ABC,"
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