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Nov 11, 2015 1:13 PM

Hollywood Reporter ends its power rankings for women

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) The Hollywood Reporter has ended its annual power rankings of women in Hollywood.

President and chief creative officer Janice Min wrote in a posting Wednesday that, 23 years after the list began, "the moment feels wrong to host a female cage match."

Citing prevailing gender imbalance in Hollywood, Min said the much sought-after list was contributing to the problem. Conceived as a way to celebrate and rank the most influential female executives, filmmakers and stars in an industry long dominated by men, the list had come to appear, Min said, like a "beauty pageant of brains where only one woman gets crowned."

The Hollywood Reporter will instead do a power ranking of men and women. The trade's sister publication, Billboard, will also combine genders for its ranking of music executives.

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