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8 CLIVE DAVIS Considered too old by Bertelsmann three years ago, the music industry hit-maker takes over the RCA group that controls Dave Matthews and the Elvis catalogue. And Bertelsmann takes full ownership of his J Records.

7 LISA McCARTHY In a sign that Viacom isn't retreating from sprawling cross-media deals, exec gets promoted to exec VP of the Viacom Plus cross-sales unit. Regional Solutions group that includes radio, outdoor and local TV also falls under her direction.

5 BILL MAHER Banished from ABC for comments deemed distasteful after 9/11, the comedian lands a new gig with HBO. He'll be immune from advertiser opinions there.

2 REALITY TV Genre falls to new low with ABC's plans for "American Idol"-like show to crown the sexiest person in America. The show's title: "Are You Hot?"