Holly Bario Named Powerful Woman in Entertainment

Holly Bario, an Emerson alumna of the Class of 1989 and Co-President of Production at DreamWorks Studios, was recently named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment for 2011. Recognized for their “extraordinary drive, intelligence and ability to weather whatever is around the bend in the industry”, Bario was joined on this list by the likes of Lady Gaga, Anne Sweeney (Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks), Oprah Winfrey, and fellow DreamWorks Executive Stacy Snider.

Holly Bario started her career in entertainment at Universal Pictures in 1996 where she served as an assistant to the President of Production, Marc Platt, and eventually worked her way up to become the Executive Vice President. In 2008 she was named Co-President of Production for DreamWorks along with Mark Sourian. CEO and Co-Chairman of Dreamworks, Stacey Snider, lauded both Bario and Sourian as godsends to the studio, declaring, “Holly and Mark are two of the most talented, creative executives that have ever worked with us.”

And rightly so: the two were charged with the task of getting four to six movies cast, produced, and distributed to audiences within the first year of the studios receiving funding after their split with Paramount. Amongst those films were the big summer movies, “Cowboys & Aliens” and “The Help”, which grossed $168 million domestically. In her interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bario emphasized the feeling of accomplishment that came from having started from scratch at DreamWorks with a considerably small staff. The most important factor for Bario however, is the personal impact on each of the projects that she was able to achieve because of these factors. “Our movies are handmade,” she remarked, “…The movies are really personal to us. We’re selective.”

By Madelyn Reese

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