Power Lawyers 2011
If you've been to a film premiere, you've no doubt bumped into Austen, whose tireless networking and killer work ethic have paid off with a client roster packed with fresh talent. That includes Kristen Wiig, whose mega-grossing Bridesmaids, which she co-wrote and starred in, has turned the SNL regular into a hot film commodity; Jonah Hill, next seen in Moneyball, who booked two starring gigs (The Sitter and 21 Jump Street, both of which he'll executive produce as well as topline); and Joseph Gordon-Levitt of Premium Rush and The Dark Knight Rises. On the TV front, client Whitney Cummings wrote two pilots this season, and -- amazingly for a TV newbie -- both were picked up to series (2 Broke Girls at CBS and Whitney, in which Cummings also stars, for NBC). Austen says, "I'm not sure that's ever been done."
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