THR's Power Business Managers 2013
Blakeman recently put the kibosh on a purchase by a client who wanted a convertible for weekend drives up the coast. "My reply was, 'That sounds romantic and fun, but the answer is no,' " he says. " 'You already have two cars. If you want to do this, rent a Mercedes this weekend, a BMW next weekend.' They liked the idea, so it was a successful 'no.' " Such are the perils of working with creatives, the established film and TV writers who make up his roster. "My clients push boundaries, and they're really smart," he says. "I'm the checks-and-balances guy."