Variety: The New Power of New York List

By Jem Aswad, Daniel D’Addario, Caroline Framke, Brent Lang, Jordan Moreau, Rebecca Rubin, Ethan Shanfeld and Brian Steinberg

When we created this list six years ago, we were determined to recognize the new faces of storytellers, executives and entrepreneurs who were reinventing New York. A lot has changed since then, but the city’s can-do spirit is as potent as ever. Here, we’re taking note of the shift in fortunes, paradigms and vibes over the past year or so by calling out the New Yorkers you need to know.

Ranging from movies and television, where New Yorkers are newly setting the agenda, to theater and media, where the city has long dominated, our list celebrates those who are making change and carving out space for themselves, with celebrity contributors weighing in too. These artists and visionaries personify all the brio of this ever-evolving city and show us what New York offers to the industry, and the world.

Photo: Courtesy ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua

Sunny Hostin

Enjoying her ‘View’

“The View” only works when its panelists are truly unafraid to say what they think. The Notre Dame-educated attorney joined the series in 2016 and has distinguished herself for bringing her points across clearly and directly amid the “hot topics” chaos. But her endeavors don’t stop when the cameras go down at noon: Hostin released a memoir, “I Am These Truths,” in 2020 and her first novel in 2021. An ABC Signature-backed drama series adaptation of that novel, “Summer on the Bluffs,” is to be the first project of Roots & Wings Prods., the company Hostin founded to place a spotlight on characters from underrepresented backgrounds.

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