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The new power brokers of Hollywood

June 3, 2008 |  6:28 pm

Disney's Steve Wadsworth, No. 1 in Hollywood Reporter's top 50 digital power brokersYou know Iger from Eisner and Rupert from Sumner. You know who to call if you saw them all having lunch together at the Grill on the Alley (hint: the hometown paper).

But could you spot Jason Kilar, the chief executive of Hulu.com, walking through LAX? Or Jordan Hoffner, director of content partnerships at YouTube, in a crosswalk in Silicon Valley?

Now, you can. The Hollywood Reporter has issued its first-ever list of the 50 digital power brokers. No. 1 is Disney's Steve Wadsworth (right), head of the company's Internet group. He's credited with rejuvenating its premier sites such as Disney Online and spearheading the purchase of virtual world Club Penguin.

Ranked 8th, Thomas Lesinski, president of Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment, spurred the Web-first release of "Jackass 2.5." Ranked 11th, Eddy Cue, vice president of Apple's iTunes, is the guy who negotiates music, movie and TV deals with the entertainment industry.

Many of these folks are not household names -- yet. Their stars are rising, either inside big media companies or from the outside, as they figure out what the new entertainment world is becoming.

--Michelle Quinn

Photo: Steve Wadsworth, president of Walt Disney Internet Group, ranked No 1. on Hollywood Reporter's top 50 digital power brokers. Credit: Bryan Haraway / Getty Images. 

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