(1958 - )
Amy Pascal is a Jewish American businesswoman and co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
After graduating from UCLA in political science, Pascal
found work as an assistant to producer Terry Garnett and became partners
with him in Kestral Films. The company produced Sesame Street Presents
Follow That Bird (1985). Before it was released, Pascal landed a
position at 20th Century Fox as vice president of production, developing
films like Cameron Crowe's Say Anything (1989).
Pascal moved to Columbia Pictures, where she eventually became executive
vice president. In 1994, Pascal was tabbed to be president of Turner
Pictures, fulfilling the dream of media mogul Ted Turner to have his
own film imprint. The 1996 merger between Turner and Time Warner resulted
in the dissolution of Turner Pictures. Pascal was subsequently lured
back to Columbia, this time as its president.
Pascal was listed as number one on the 15th annual Women in Entertainment Power 100 list published in 2006 by the Hollywood Reporter. In 2009, Forbes ranked her 60th of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
Sources: The Jerusalem
Report (November 4, 2002); Fortune; Hollywood.com