Date: 9th May 2005

Rings director named Hollywood's most powerful

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has been named the most powerful person in Hollywood.

Premiere magazine's June issue says the 43-year-old New Zealand-born director is one of the few "one man band productions that are changing the grid of the power structure" in Tinseltown.

Producer-director Steven Spielberg is at No. 2. Steve Jobs and John Lasseter, heads of Pixar animations company fall from last year's No. 1 spot to third.

Star Wars creator-director George Lucas is at No. 11.

Among the actors on the list are Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Will Smith and Johnny Depp.

Source: Press Release