The Hollywood Reporter has released its list of entertainment’s most powerful women and a few Latinas made it! The Women in Entertainment Power 100 list is in its 20th year and there has definitely been an increase in mujeres who drive television. So which Latinas made the Power 100? Nina Tassler and Belinda Menendez, that's who!
Get to know them:
Nina Tassler, who is the President of CBS Entertainment, has been described in many adjectives; “smart,” “maternal,” and “passionate.” A show creator who was given the green light for his show Two Broke Girls described the 54-year-old half-Boricua as having the “balls to fire a horse.” Yes, an actual horse.
Ranking in seventh place, Tassler made it among the crème de la crème of the Power 100. Raised in a farm community in upstate New York by a Jewish father and Puerto Rican mother, Tassler was drawn to theater. She eventually went on to study at Boston University and dove into acting after graduation. Acting led Tassler to become an agent and fast-forward a few decades, and she now holds enough power to preside over NCIS and CSI – both billion-dollar franchises. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the shows’ ratings consistency makes Tassler the envy of the industry. That sounds like a nice place to be. “I’m still standing,” Tassler said. “Like I always say, ‘'I'll stop when I'm dead.’”
Belinda Menendez’s job title is a mouthful – and with reason. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the President of NBCUniversal International Television Distribution and Universal Networks International oversees approximately 70 channels. This is a new role that Menendez took on this year, and she now has more than 300 people reporting to her.
Menendez, who ranked 36th in the Power 100, is moving to London soon, which is required of her for work. She still intends to spend much of her time in Los Angeles, however. “It's great to come back home,” she said, “and great to have this opportunity.”