THR's Power Business Managers 2013
Starting out in the early '80s, Landesman was handed work for the stars of Saturday Night Live. When he set up shop on his own, he brought along Eddie Murphy. "Most people look to find that client that will take them to the mountaintop," says Landesman. "At age 26, I started on the mountaintop."
He soon signed other top comics including Arsenio Hall and Chris Rock and such SNL alums as Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan but also reps less funny actors (Vin Diesel). Describing himself as the CFO of 100 corporations, Landesman says a core part of his job is "staying close to clients and hoping they open their movie the right way" -- box office being among the things that elude his control.