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7/18/2005 08:30:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

July 18, 2005 • Posted By Shaun Lyon
Russell T Davies was listed at number 14 on the Media Guardian Top 100 list of the most powerful people in UK media, according to Media Guardian andBBC News. The list ranks media professionals by cultural influence, economic weight and political power. Says co-executive producer Julie Gardner, "Russell T Davies has extraordinary talent as both a writer and a producer. As a writer, he is a masterful storyteller, able to juxtapose effortlessly humour and tragedy whilst creating engaging, real characters that an audience can care about. As a producer, Russell is an inspiration - he is hardworking, ceaselessly enthusiastic and able to make people believe they can achieve the impossible. Doctor Who has the fortune of having found a great lead writer-executive producer in Russell - he has a huge, joyful appetite for television and, in Doctor Who, he's found a format that challenges and rewards his immense talent." One of the panelists who compiled the Media Guardian list said Mr Davies "can now do anything he wants". BBC Director General and Chairman Mark Thompson and Michael Grade jointly shared the number one slot, new BBC1 Controller Peter Fincham is at number 12, while BBC Head of Drama Jane Tranter -- critical in the return of Doctor Who to television -- was at number 79. (Thanks to Peter Weaver, Craig Hinton, Paul Hayes)