Spider-Man Helps Amy Pascal Become Most Powerful

Reuters reports that the success of the Spider-Man franchise has pushed Sony’s Amy Pascal to the top…

Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures, was named Hollywood’s most powerful woman on Tuesday — thanks in part to the popularity of a male superhero and other box office superhits.

Pascal, who gave the go-ahead to produce the 2002 mega-hit “Spider-Man,” and is now preparing for its sequel, led Hollywood Reporter’s top 100 women in Hollywood list.

“Not only has the studio hit the $5 billion mark globally for the second straight year, but the filmmaking risks Amy Pascal takes often translate into box office success, which is a great barometer for power in Hollywood,” said Christy Grosz, editor of the Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue.

Pascal, 45, became one of three co-chairmen at Sony Corp’s Sony Pictures Entertainment this year following the departure of long-time chairman John Calley.

Pascal, who also heads Sony unit Columbia Pictures, this year oversaw such films as “Anger Management,” “Daddy Day Care” and “Bad Boys 2” as well as quirkier films like “Big Fish.”

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Source: Reuters