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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 October, 2003, 08:36 GMT 09:36 UK
Producer tops Hollywood power list
Jerry Bruckheimer
Bruckheimer has been at the top in Hollywood for more than 20 years
TV and film producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been named the most powerful figure in entertainment by a US list.

Bruckheimer has worked on films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Black Hawk Down plus TV shows like CSI.

"Bruckheimer has become a brand," said Entertainment Weekly magazine in its 14th annual list of the 101 most powerful people in Hollywood.

A spokesman for Bruckheimer said he was "flattered" by the honour - but wanted people to judge him on his work.

Bruckheimer produced one of the most successful films of the summer in Pirates of the Caribbean and Bad Boys II, the sequel to the 1995 film starring Will Smith, was a more modest hit.


And besides CSI, which is the most popular show in the US, Bruckheimer's has also produced TV hits including CSI: Miami and Without a Trace.

Bruckheimer made his name as part of a production team in the 1980s with Don Simpson. Together, they produced landmark films like Flashdance, Beverley Hills Cop, Top Gun and Days of Thunder.

Since Simpson's death in 1996, Bruckheimer has produced blockbusters including Con Air, The Rock, Enemy of the State, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor.

Entertainment Weekly's top ten also included director Steven Spielberg, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, Harry Potter author JK Rowling, actor Tom Cruise and rapper Eminem.

Last year's number one, Denzel Washington, went down to number 22.

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