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Courtesy The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter placed put Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger at the top of its list of the entertainment industry's 100 "most powerful execs, makers and stars."

Why he matters, per THR: "Disney+ leads a wave of billion-dollar Netflix competitors that are transforming the entertainment industry and launching a new age of ambition (and anxiety)."

  • What's next: "Disney is a key instigator of what has exploded into an all-out war for streaming dominance. Disney+ is one of the first in a string of new services, including Apple TV+, HBO Max (from AT&T) and Peacock (Comcast), expected to roll out over the next six months."

Next on the list:

  • 2. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and chief content officer Ted Sarandos
  • 3. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke
  • 4. ViacomCBS Chair Shari Redstone
  • 5. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, promoted yesterday to additional title of Marvel Entertainment chief creative officer (Disney subsidiary)
  • 6. WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey

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Why it matters: Wall Street has curtailed its exposure to industries like guns, oil and private prisons, driven by both public and shareholder pressures. This new rule could reverse that trend.

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Having a reliable supply of pharmaceutical drugs throughout America will be "absolutely critical" to boosting affordability in health care during the Biden administration, former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Mark McClellan said at a virtual Axios Event on Friday.

The big picture: McClellan, who served under President George W. Bush, says drugs having limited supply and limited competition leads to elevated pricing. He considers drug supply to be a national security and public health issue.

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