Women in Film & Television Top 50 Powerlist 2012

Amanda Berry, CEO at BAFTA


To coincide with International Women's Day, which is today the 8th of March, Women in Film & TV along with Screen International and Broadcast have released the top 50 women of power in the television and film industry in 2012. 

Kate Kinninmont, WFTV chief executive, says that in "true womanly style" the list is not arranged in any order. The list covers the off-screen executives who run organisations as well as on-screen talent. Overall, there are 21 executives, 14 producer/directors, 11 on-screen talent, and four writers. As reported in the Guardian, it does leave the list open to questions regarding who has been left off as well as the lack of women from ethnic backgrounds in several of the categories.



Elaine Bedell, director of comedy and entertainment ITV

Jana Bennett, president of worldwide networks and global iPlayer, BBC Worldwide

Amanda Berry, chief executive officer, Bafta

Helen Boaden, director, BBC News

Barbara Broccoli, producer, EON Productions

Dinah Caine, chief executive officer, Skillset

Eileen Gallagher, chief executive, Shed Productions

Sara Geater, chief executive officer, Freemantle Media UK

Janice Hadlow, controller, BBC2

Jay Hunt, chief creative officer, C4

Christine Langan, creative director, BBC Films

Lucy Lumsden, head of comedy, Sky

Laura Mackie, director of drama, ITV

Elisabeth Murdoch founder & chief executive, Shine Group

Amanda Nevill, chief executive officer, BFI

Denise O'Donaghue, managing director, ITV Studios

Jane Root, chief executive, Nutopia

Tessa Ross, controller, Film 4 and C4 Drama

Lisbeth Savill, head of Film & TV, Olswang

Caroline Thomson chief operating officer, BBC

Sophie Turner Laing, managing director of Entertainment & News, Sky


Producers/ directors

Andrea Arnold, film director – Wuthering Heights

Vanessa Berlowitz, series producer, Frozen Planet, BBC Natural History Unit

SJ Clarkson, TV director – Dexter Finola Dwyer Film Producer – Quartet (post-production)

Debra Hayward, film producer, founder — Monumental Pictures

Elizabeth Karlsen, film producer – Great Expectations, Byzantium (both in post-production)

Phyllida Lloyd, film director – The Iron Lady

Alison Owen Producer (Ruby Films) – Jane Eyre Nira Park Producer (Big Talk Productions) – Attack the Block

Norma Percy, TV documentary producer – Putin, Russia and the West

Lynne Ramsay, film director – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Moira Ross, TV producer – Head of Entertainment, Wall to Wall

Nicola Shindler, founder (Red Productions), executive producer – Scott and Bailey, Exile, Bedlam

Sue Vertue, producer (Hartswood Films) — Sherlock



Helena Bonham Carter, actress

Alex Crawford, Sky News correspondent

Naomie Harris, actress

Miranda Hart, actress/performer

Keira Knightley, actress

Carey Mulligan, actress

Sue Perkins, TV presenter

Dame Maggie Smith, actress

Tilda Swinton, actress

Kirsty Wark, journalist/ TV presenter

Kate Winslet, actress



Moira Buffini, writer – Jane Eyre, Byzantium (post-production)

Jane Goldman, writer – The Woman in Black

Abi Morgan, writer – Shame, The Iron Lady

Heidi Thomas, writer – Upstairs Downstairs 


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