Variety500 Entertainment Leaders and Icons
Intro
Intro

What is Variety500?

Welcome to the third annual edition of Variety500, an index of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global $2.2 trillion media industry.

Updated Dec. 17, 2019, the Variety500 reflects the accomplishments of its members over the previous 12 months. They were selected by the Variety editorial board, which conducted extensive research for its selections.

For more on our internal selection process, you can view a full rundown here.

Spotlight

The Walt Disney Company

Robert Iger

Executive Chairman

Disney's respected leader is knee-deep in the integration of 21st Century Fox assets and the launch of Disney Plus. 

ViacomCBS

Shari Redstone

Chairman

The second-generation Redstone has made an indelible mark on her father's empire and moved into his old seat.

Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler Perry

Film Director

Few in the history of entertainment have created such a powerful, profitable and prolific personal brand.

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Oprah Winfrey

Chairman / CEO

Always a lifestyle trendsetter, the multi-faceted leader of OWN and Harpo Inc. hasn’t slowed a step.

Amazon Corporation

Jeff Bezos

President / CEO / Chairman

The tech titan is betting on Hollywood, drone delivery and a new space age, all while battling tabloid publishers.

ByteDance

Zhang Yiming

Founder / CEO

The serial entrepreneur founded and leads the Chinese Internet powerhouse that owns the fast-growing TikTok video platform.

Forward Movement

Ava DuVernay

Film Director

The quintessential multi-hyphenate, she continually pushes to tackle controversial subjects and promote diversity in everything from docs to fantasy epics.

LuckyChap Entertainment

Margot Robbie

Actor

The actress and budding producer moves seamlessly between serious awards bait and comic-book tentpoles.

Netflix

Channing Dungey

VP, Original Series

The first African-American woman to oversee programming at a major broadcast network, she's now forging a path in streaming.

Sikelia Productions

Martin Scorsese

Film Director

Now well into his eighth decade, the beloved Hollywood icon is making his mark on the streaming space.

Robert Iger
Shari Redstone
Tyler Perry
Oprah Winfrey
Jeff Bezos
Zhang Yiming
Ava DuVernay
Margot Robbie
Channing Dungey
Martin Scorsese
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