Girl Power: Top Ten Behind-the-Scenes Power Players

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  • Mara Brock Akil, Debra Lee
  • Mara Brock Akil
  • Shonda Rhimes
  • Cheryl Boone Isaacs
  • Queen Latifah
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Kasi Lemmons
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Debra Lee

Shonda Rhimes

With three hit broadcast network shows under her belt (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal) and no signs of slowing down, Rhimes is one of the most powerful woman in television these days. The 44-year-old was destined to be a power player from her days at USC film school, where she graduated at the top of her class in screenwriting. Rhimes is currently working on a handful of new series and a memoir about her life as a single mom and her career.

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