Power Lawyers 2012
Jackoway switched from Wall Street to Hollywood in 1979 but didn't leave his cold-blooded negotiation style behind. The avid fisherman, who orchestrated client David Letterman's 1993 move from NBC to CBS, this year closed the host's two-year contract extension that will allow him to surpass Johnny Carson as TV's longest-tenured late-night host. With partner Karl Austen, he also helped move client Seth MacFarlane from TV to movies with Ted, negotiated for Sex and the City's Michael Patrick King to launch 2 Broke Girls on CBS and secured a fall NBC pickup for J.J. Abrams' upcoming Revolution.
➻ Most satisfying career moment The Aug. 30, 1993, debut of Late Show With David Letterman. "I wrote the first three words of that premiere, delivered by the actor formerly known as Larry 'Bud' Melman: 'THIS IS CBS!' "