Time magazine rolled out its 12th annual Time 100 today, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world, as determined by the magazine.
The list is broken down by category: titans, pioneers, artists, leaders and icons. As might be expected, a number of television figures are on the list.
TV names on this year’s list include Lorne Michaels, Kim Kardashian, John Oliver, Lee Daniels, Laverne Cox, Jorge Ramos, Kevin Hart, Julianna Margulies and Jill Soloway.
The report quotes Jack Nicholson on Lorne Michaels: “Hard to think of anyone more skilled at discovering extraordinary comedic performers, who have gone on to become household names in their own right. It’s no wonder ‘SNL’s’ takes on current events have made headlines for 40 years.”
Oprah Winfrey says of Lee Daniels: “He forces you, in every breath, to stay in character … . He’s a truth seeker … . He knows how to rattle the nerves of the zeitgeist. He is an undeniable, singular voice, the likes of which we’ve rarely seen.”
Christiane Amanpour has this to say about Jorge Ramos: “Ramos wrangles with President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner; he swims the Rio Grande; he says he asks every question as if it’s his last, determined to get an answer or go down trying. What happened to immigration reform? He knows he has a voice and is not afraid to use it. He shouts from every rooftop that Hispanic rights are human rights.”
Please click on the link at the top of this story to see Time’s in-depth report.