Amy Pascal has regularly been named one of the world’s most powerful women by Forbes and the Hollywood Reporter for her management of Sony Pictures’ run of commercial and critical successes from Casino Royale to The Social Network. Pascal studied international relations at UCLA before joining the film industry as secretary to British producer Tony Garnett. She became vice president of production at 20th Century Fox in 1985, vice president of production for Columbia in 1988, and president of Turner Pictures in 1994, then returned to Columbia as president in 1996 when Turner merged with Time Warner. At Columbia, she developed hits including Groundhog Day, Little Women, Awakenings, and A League of Their Own. She has overseen major franchises like Spiderman and James Bond, as well as Oscar nominees including American Hustle and Moneyball. While she has focused much of her attention on superhero films, a male-driven market, she has also been praised for giving female directors a chance to shine in films like Zero Dark Thirty. Pascal serves on the honorary committee of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles and was honored in 2008 with the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Humanitarian Award.
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