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Parsons, Holloway Among Top Hollywood Power Brokers

Time Warner chairman and CEO Richard Parsons topped a list of African-American cable executives who ranked among the top of Black Enterprise magazine’s top Hollywood power brokers.

Parsons ranked second on BE’s list, which recognizes African Americans who have achieved record influence in show business, according to the magazine.

BET founder Robert L. Johnson and Douglass Holloway, president of cable investments at NBC Universal Cable, ranked fifth and seventh, respectively, on the list, which also includes African-American corporate executives, agents, lawyers and entrepreneurs who broker some of the industry’s biggest deals.

Topping the list was Oprah Winfrey, chairman of Harpo.

BE will reveal the complete list in its March issue, which hits newsstands Feb. 21, the magazine said.

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.