the smash hit “Jump.” When the album was released in 1993, it sold seven million copies and was one of the first rap albums to cross over into the pop genre. In 1998, Dupri released his platinum-selling debut album Jermaine Dupri Presents Life In 1472.
Big Break: Discovering Kris Kross.
Title: Senior Vice President of Programming,Lifetime Television
Education: B.A., Harvard University
Why She’s Powerful: Goode is responsible for advancing Lifetime’s original series, including primetime dramas, select daytime and reality series, and comedy development. She helped develop and launch Strong Medicine, The Division, Any Day Now, and For the People.
Career Track: Prior to joining Lifetime, Goode held a variety of positions at CBS, including vice president, series development and senior director, comedy development. During her tenure at CBS she developed and supervised Touched by an Angel, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and Under One Roof.
Big Break: Goode was hired as vice president of programs for CBS productions in the mid 1990s.
Title: Senior Vice President, Comedy DevelopmentUnited Paramount Network (UPN)
Education: B.A., New York University
Why She’s Powerful: Fleary oversees the development of all scripted comedy series at the network, including Girlfriends and The Parkers.
Career Track: Fleary has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. During her tenure at ABC, from 1983 to 1996, she rose to the position of senior vice president, comedy/variety series development. Most recently, she was in charge of development for H. Beale Company, the late Brandon Tartikoff’s production outfit, where she served as executive producer on the critically acclaimed Showtime series Beggars and Choosers.
Big Break: During her tenure at ABC, Fleary developed several top-rated sitcoms, including Roseanne and Home Improvement.
KENNETH “BABYFACE” & TRACEY E. EDMONDS
Title: Executive Producer, Soul Food for TV (Showtime Network)
Title: Partners, Edmonds Entertainment
Age: 43 (Babyface), 35 (Tracey)
Education: B.S., Stanford University (Tracey)
Why They’re Powerful: Over the past five years this duet has proven they can provide entertainment that is diverse as well as profitable. Through Edmonds Entertainment Group Inc., the husband and wife team has created a multimedia conglomerate that has its tentacles in film, television, and music. In 1997 the company made the highly successful motion picture Soul Food, which grossed $43 million. The film also produced a multiplatinum sound track and a popular television series spin-off. Other projects include Josie and the Pussycats and the critically acclaimed independent film Hav Plenty.
Career Track: Singer Babyface has grown into an astute businessman who learned how to cultivate talent as co-founder of LaFace Records.Tracey, Edmonds Entertainment’s president and CEO, began her career in real estate. In 1993 the two decided to combine their skills and form their multimillion dollar empire.
FELICIA D. HENDERSON
Education: B.A., UCLA; M.F.A., UCLA; M.B.A., University of Georgia
Why She’s Powerful: Henderson’s prowess has enabled her to achieve something unheard of in television: a 40-episode pickup for her Showtime series Soul Food, proving the viability of an African American family drama. Moreover, a three-year deal with Paramount to develop comedies and dramas, as well as a three-picture deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures to produce feature