6. Nina Jacobson — Producer
After eight years as president of the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, where Nina Jacobson oversaw such blockbusters as The Sixth Sense (1999), Remember the Titans (2000) and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the executive was summarily fired during a major restructuring of the film studio. But Jacobson was not unemployed for long. In December 2006 she signed a three-year first-look production deal with DreamWorks Studios, where she had worked prior to her stint as a Disney executive.
At DreamWorks, Jacobson developed What Lies Beneath (2000) and the animated film Antz (1998). Before DreamWorks, Jacobson was a senior vice president at Universal, where she oversaw films including Dazed and Confused (1993) and Twelve Monkeys (1995). She has long been an out lesbian, and co-founded with producer Bruce Cohen the organization Out There, a group for out gay and lesbian entertainment activists.
Jacobson and her partner have three children. When she was named one of the most powerful gay women in show business by POWER UP in 2001, she said: "I hope that as an out lesbian and working mom, I can inspire others to pursue all of their goals, personal and professional, no matter how many people tell you that one must be sacrificed for the other."