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No. 76: Robert Greenblatt & Lorne Michaels | Power 100

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ROBERT GREENBLATT, 56

Chairman, NBC Entertainment

 

LORNE MICHAELS, 72

Creator/executive producer, Saturday Night LiveThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Last Year's Rank: 70

Michaels guided SNL through its most-watched season in 24 years with an average 10.8 million viewers per episode, and its musical performances -- which included The Weeknd, Lady Gaga and, in advance of their Grammy nominations, Chance the Rapper and Sturgill Simpson -- remain an offer that no artist can refuse. In primetime, Greenblatt added Simon Cowell to the judges' panel on America's Got Talent, which helped the show notch its most-watched season in five years. His experience as a Broadway producer also informs NBC's continuing programming of live TV musicals. Bye, Bye Birdie, starring Jennifer Lopez, is slated for December.

Prized Music Memorabilia: Greenblatt: "The original conductor's scores to the movie musicals Singin' in the Rain and An American in Paris."

2017 Power 100