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TheWrap’s Inaugural Changemakers List Of ‘Women Who Saved Entertainment In 2020’ Honors Regina King, Megan Thee Stallion

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Digital entertainment outlet TheWrap released its inaugural “ChangeMakers List: Women Who Saved Entertainment in 2020″ as part of its Third Annual Power Women Summit, which tool place December 8-10.

The ChangeMakers list honors the women who made an impact in the entertainment community as the industry was brought to a staggering halt during a year marked by unprecedented challenges.

Comprised of a select group of women ranging in age from 16 to 86, the ChangeMakers List includes luminaries like Regina King, Sophia Loren, Selena Gomez, Savannah Guthrie, Megan Thee Stallion, and Charli D’Amelio. The list also spotlights bold female executives who said yes to stories that mattered, the producers, directors and actors who brought those stories to life, as well as those who influenced in short, spirited, and socially distanced ways.

 “In rising to meet the unprecedented challenges of this year, the thirty women on this list have transcended their roles as entertainers, leaders and performers,” said Sharon Waxman, founder and CEO of TheWrap. “As cultural second responders they’ve changed the way we think about and consume the entertainment that shapes our lives. But even more importantly, they’ve changed how we relate to one another.”

The 2020 ChangeMakers List includes:

  • The Rescuers: Dawn Hudson, CEO, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; Christine Simmons, chief operating officer, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; Martha Henderson, executive VP and manager of Entertainment Banking, City National Bank.
  • The Greenlighters: Susan Rovner, cairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television & Streaming; Frances Berwick, chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television & Streaming; Pearlena Igbokwe, chairman, Universal Studio Group; Donna Langley, chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group; Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios; Bela Bajaria, head of Global TV at Netflix; Francesca Orsi, executive VP, HBO Programming; Amy Gravitt, executive VP, HBO Programming; Ann Sarnoff, chairwoman/CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Network Group.
  • The Creators: Regina King, Oscar-winning actor, and director of “One Night in Miami”; Chloe Zhao, director of the soon-to-be released “Nomadland” and “The Eternals”; Courtney A. Kemp, writer and producer of the Starz hit series “Power”; Alexis Martin Woodall, president, Ryan Murphy Productions; Liz Garbus, director of “Dick Johnson Is Dead,” “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark,” and “All In: The Fight For Democracy.”
  • The Performers: Sophia Loren, Oscar-winning actor; Javicia Leslie, actor starring as the CW’s next Batwoman; Anya Taylor-Joy, actor in the Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit”; Michaela Coel, actor, writer, director in HBO’s “I May Destroy You”; Margot Robbie, Oscar-nominated actor and co-creator of The Lucky Exports Pitch Program .
  • The Truth-Seekers: Savannah Guthrie, Today Show host; Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour and NBC News and MSNBC contributor; Weijia Jiang, White House correspondent for CBS News.
  • The Influencers: Sarah Cooper, Comedian, author and Star of her Netflix special “Everything’s Fine” on Netflix, TikTok and Twitter star; Selena Gomez, singer, producer, and star of “Selena + Chef” HBO Max; Imara Jones, creator of TransLash Media, TikTok Star; Megan Thee Stallion, rapper, singer, and songwriter; Charli D’Amelio, TikTok superstar.

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