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Hollywood's Business Managers

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    Evan Bell
    Bell & Co.

    Many of Bell's Hollywood clients are twentysomethings who star in hot TV shows and buzzworthy films. As a result, Bell, who started his New York firm in 1985, sees himself as a business manager-cum-father figure, coaching responsibility and negotiating sometimes-frivolous requests, knowing a client's career can easily turn cold. ("Generally, if I said no to every request, I'd be right 95 percent of the time," he says.) At the same time, he's careful, knowing that any refusal could make a client even more determined to get what he or she desires.

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