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    James Mandelbaum
    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein

    NYU School of Law

    Why he matters: Mandelbaum's business is booming with a stable of top TV creators (2 Broke Girls' Michael Patrick KingCSI's Carol Mendelsohn, Defiance's Rockne S. O'Bannon and Kevin Murphy) and a pair of well-paid CBS procedural stars in Chris O'Donnell (NCIS: Los Angeles) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary).

    Big deal: A few years ago, Mandelbaum helped departing William Morris agent Aaron Kaplan start a TV production company. Now, after a huge pilot season, Kaplan will have six series on the air in the fall. Says Mandelbaum, who has spent 25 years at the same firm, "I need an aggressive client to allow me to be my aggressive self."

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