Top Studio Executives Reveal the Perks and Pitfalls of Hollywood Power

Sony’s Michael Barker, Lionsgate’s Rob Friedman, Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg, Universal’s Donna Langley and Paramount’s Rob Moore gather for a candid discussion of what life is really like when you’re a movie mogul.

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As busy as it is for talent during awards season, they’ve got nothing on the top executives running the major studios and independent companies. More often than not, these execs have multiple movies to shepherd through the dizzying process and parade of events. To kick off our annual Awards Season Roundtable Series, THR invited six of them — Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker, 58, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Rob Friedman, 62, Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, 60, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, 61, Universal co-chairman Donna Langley, 44, and Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore, 50 — to engage in a candid discussion about why Paramount passed on Moneyball, the big gambles behind Life of Pi and Les Miserables and how much awards, for better or worse, mean to them.

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