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Shonda Rhimes is Disney’s No. 1 Drama Money Maker

Solid profile of Shonda Rhimes by Meghan Casserly in the May 27 issue of Forbes. The 43-year-old single mother of two is Walt Disney Co.’s top network drama earner, per these rather staggering numbers:

Together, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy pull in more than $13 million in advertising for ABC each week – just shy of $300 million a season, or about 5% of the network’s total revenue. That’s not counting tens of millions more for Grey’s syndication or licensing in other countries, which Disney shares with Rhimes’ production company, ShondaLand (Forbes estimates she earned $12 million this year).

But those numbers vastly understate her importance…

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Sofia Vergara’s Bodacious Balance Sheet

Not so long ago, the migration to Hollywood of Spanish-speaking performers was governed by a ludicrous business conceit. Here’s how Sofia Vergara’s now very rich business partner describes it in a Forbes sidebar to the magazine’s announcement that the Modern Family star is 2012′s highest earning TV actress:

“Most talent at that time was represented by their boyfriend, or their mom or dad,” says Luis Balaguer, 44, a veteran talent manager who hails from Madrid. “They would sign deals with networks, and the contracts would be in English; nobody bothered to read, let alone understand, the fine print.”

No longer, thanks in large part to Balaguer and Vergara’s company LatinWE. As ForbesWoman writer Meghan Casserly concisely details, the firm is growing by leaps and bounds as a talent representation firm, Internet portal developer, clothing line purveyor and more.

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Forbes Dumps On LA Shopping

It’s bad enough that Los Angeles ranks 16th on the Forbes list of “The 25 Best Shopping Cities in the U.S.” But in annotating the magazine’s first-ever such compilation, did reporter Meghan Casserly really have to get an LA resident to further flatter the winning metropolis?

Seriously, not only does Houston transplant Kate Barash praise her hometown’s boutique shopping to the rafters, she does so to the further detriment of our local merchandise.

Barash, who describes her own fashion sense as “date night feisty,” shares her two favorite Houston stops for shopping: 310 Rosemont and Lot 8, where she finds “the best LA designers without the Los Angeles inflated prices.”

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