The Hollywood Reporter just published its annual Reality Power List, which ranks the top people in reality TV.
As usual, the Discovery family was well-represented on the list, with TLC President & GM Eileen O’Neill and Discovery Channel SVP of Development & Production Stephen Reverand making the cut. Read more about O’Neill and Reverand and congratulations from the Discovery family! (Among the tidbits I picked up from this article: O’Neill combats stress by doing puzzles at her Delaware beach cottage and Reverand spends his Sundays falconing at the Chesapeake Bay.)
If you’re wondering what it takes to be recognized on the Reality Power List, here are the criteria used by The Hollywood Reporter:
- The indelible mark each person makes on his or her shows as producer, overseeing executive or talent.
- Greenlight power. Can the person get a show on the air? Also, the number of shows, their Nielsen ratings and overall impact on pop culture.
- The person’s professional reputation for quality and innovation within the business.
- How the individual has sparked a “watercooler” factor for his or her shows and their ability to create dramatic, comedic and can’t-miss TV moments.