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Why he matters: Fox got long- time client Jon Cryer a raise for his 11th season of Two and a Half Men (the actor will earn about $620,000 an episode), extended producer Dan Lin’s relationship with Warner Bros. by changing his deal from an exclusive one to first-look and made writing- directing deals for Christopher McQuarrie, William Monahan and Sheldon Turner.
Big deal: Director James Wan had just signed a development deal with New Line for three movies when out of left field came the offer to direct Fast & Furious 7, which Universal needs completed by summer 2014. It was one of the fastest deals Fox has ever made, closing just over 24 hours after the offer. “The studio had leverage in that they were coming to us with the keys to the car, a billion-dollar franchise,” he notes. “On the other hand, my client went through a long vetting process and was their first choice.”