Vanity Fair crowns Masterpiece’s Eaton one of “The Powers That Be”

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Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of Masterpiece, is a new entry to Vanity Fair’s annual “The Powers That Be” list, squeaking in at No. 24 on the roll of 25. Just below her, actor Alec Baldwin; above, Matt Blank and David Nevins of Showtime.

Vanity Fair said of Eaton, “Great reviews and solid ratings have been the norm during Eaton’s 27-year tenure at the helm of both Mystery! and Masterpiece, but with Downton Abbey she has given the newly glamorous PBS its most talked-about show since the early 1990s.” It also predicts a good year ahead for her.

Others on the list include media titan Rupert Murdoch, music supercouple Jay-Z and Beyonce, and Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.