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    Variety500 Entertainment Leaders and Icons
    Intro
    Intro

    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
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